The strong community ethos at Etz Chaim positively impacts on the relationships in the school to support learning (between staff and children, children and children and staff and parents). Visitors to school invariably comment on the excellent behaviour of pupils and the positive relationships between staff and pupils.
We have very high expectations of children’s behaviour. We support children in making good behaviour choices that help to make everybody safe and happy so that they can each make the most of their learning potential. We aspire to children making great choices without needing to be told – doing the right thing even when no-one is looking.
Through our well planned and integrated Jewish Studies curriculum, together with our PSHE programme, pupils are encouraged to develop positive relationships. Pupils are well supported to resolve conflicts intelligently and seek consensus while accepting the right of others to hold different opinions. The school employs the Zones of Regulation and Emotion Coaching to support children to regulate their emotions, and this is coupled with the Heads Up training to support them manage themselves and their interactions with others.
The whole school approach to behaviour management aims to ensure that every member of the school community including the children, is fully aware of acceptable and unacceptable standards of behaviour.
When children make good behaviour choices, we recognise this using our whole school behaviour reward systems. Catching someone ‘doing right’ is more effective than remonstrating with someone for ‘doing wrong’.
If children’s behaviour makes others feel unsafe or unhappy, we have a system of consequences which have the purpose of reducing the risk of reoccurrence and also to ensure that other pupils see that inappropriate behaviour will not be tolerated.
We help to define our expectations using our School Rules:
We are gentle and look after each other
We are kind and helpful
We always try our best
We look after our school and everything in it
We listen to people
We are honest and tell the truth
Within the school community, all adults will encourage children to be polite, thoughtful of others, respectful and well behaved. Adults will model these behaviours to set an example and frequently discuss acceptable behaviours in assemblies and during class circle time.
Involvement in a wide range of charitable initiatives (local and global) promotes a strong social conscience. Pupils are encouraged to support and engage with our local community e.g. visits to care homes, clothing collections. Regular elections and the promotion of pupil voice support development of independence and sense of citizenship e.g. for Library Monitors, Circle Meetings, Class Ambassadors.