Behaviour for Learning

At St Chad’s we set high expectations of behaviour. Together, we promote positive behaviour in all our pupils and create an environment in which this can flourish. Our school has a positive atmosphere, where each member of our school family feels valued.

Discipline within our school stems from our Christian values of respect, kindness, aspiration and perseverance. Our Vision underpins our Behaviour Policy as it aims to help our children know themselves, work well together and be independent, preparing them to become selfless citizens of the world. As a school family, we endeavour for our children to have ” a future with hope”.

All staff, children, governors and parents recognise that we have the right to learn in an orderly community in which effective learning can take place. As part of our commitment to this right, the school has established clear expectations to enable all our children to embrace them, whether they are three years or eleven years of age. The St Chad’s Way is comprised of three key rules:

Ready, Respectful, Safe

  • Be ready to learn
  • Be respectful of each other
  • Be safe in our school environment and our community

It is important that children understand what these words mean, how they can use these words to help them in school and what their behaviour may look like when they are ready, respectful and safe.

Zones of Regulation

The school uses the Zones of Regulation to help children understand, recognise and moderate their emotional responses. This compliments our Positive Relationships and Behaviour Policy.

‘Zones of Regulation’ is a whole school approach to help children manage their emotional literacy. It is not a discipline model, but helps children to understand their level of alertness for learning. Individuals are impacted by different things and thus have different responses.

Our task is to help individuals to employ strategies for optimal learning. This comes from recognising which of the 4 zones the individual is in:

Blue Zone: Low level of arousal; not ready to learn; feels sad, sick, tired, bored, moving slowly.

Green Zone: Calm state of alertness; optimal level to learn; feels happy, calm, okay, focused.

Yellow Zone: Heightened state of alertness; elevated emotions; has some control; feels frustrated, worried, silly/wiggly, excited, loss of some control.

Red Zone: Heightened state of alertness and intense emotions; not an optimal level for learning; out of control; feels mad/angry, terrified, yelling/hitting, elated, out of control.