Teaching children to be kind to each other is fundamental to our school. Our school motto is: 'Be Kind, Be The Best You Can Be'.
We start each school year with a 'Be A Good Citizen Week' which involves being a good friend, looking after each other and looking after our environment. Be a good citizen in the class, in school, in Abergavenny, in Wales and in the world.
The second week of the year is always our 'Say No To Bullying Week'. We feel it is really important to start the year explaining our rules of kindness and what to do if things go wrong. We want all of our children to feel happy and safe in our school.
We follow a Restorative Approach in our school. Restorative approaches may include having a ‘restorative conversation’. These conversations may happen during the school day and staff will use restorative language and questions to allow children to understand the impact of their behaviours.
At Llantilio Pertholey Primary we understand that classrooms need to be calm, safe spaces in order for learning to thrive. The starting point for this is understanding our pupils as individuals really well and meeting their needs. Consistency in approach is very important and so we have developed a simple set of rules that the children can understand to avoid low level disruptions in school. We also have a whole-school approach for rewards and sanctions so that pupils understand exactly what is expected from them. These are on posters displayed throughout the school.
More serious behaviours, including children who regularly do not follow our rules, are dealt with through our Behaviour Policy. This may include working with parents and the child to create a Behaviour Plan. We believe that learning in school is not just about learning academics such as reading and writing. It is our duty to support all children to manage their behaviours and to deal with their frustrations. We take a Restorative Approach in our school and take time to talk through problems with children to discuss how children could manage their behaviour in future situations.
Our 'motto' is simple:
Be kind, be the best you can be.