Haughton School

Behaviour Policy

The majority of children at Haughton School have moderate and complex learning needs; there is an additional provision for a small group of children who have social, emotional and mental health difficulties. It is understood that behaviour is part of an expression of their communication and feelings.

All children at the Haughton are treated with dignity and respect at all times.

The children are at the heart of everything we do.

All work is aimed to nurture positive relationships and responses to enable children to build on their strengths and to positively participate within their life.

The behaviour policy is set within the context of the school’s mission statement, school’s aims and personal and social development policy.

The development of positive behaviour is part of the work for all children and is supported by collaborative work with their family and other professionals.

All staff work within the legal framework and understand their duty of care.

 We aim to:

  • Ensure high expectations of children’s behaviour.
  • Support children to develop skills to manage their own behaviour.
  • Ensure staff understand and support children in a non-confrontational, calm proactive and supportive manner.
  • Involve and work collaboratively with children, parents, colleagues and inter-disciplinary professionals.
  • Ensure that behaviour is managed in a planned co-ordinated manner.

Rights and Responsibilities

These are for all members of the school community.

We have the right: -

  • to be treated with fairness, consideration and respect
  • for everyone and their belongings to be safe at all times
  • to work in a safe, clean and friendly environment
  • to work and learn to the best of our ability without distraction or disruption

Our responsibilities are: -

  • to treat everyone with fairness and respect
  • to ensure the safety of ourselves, others and belongings
  • to provide and maintain a safe, clean and friendly school environment
  • to work to the best of our ability without distracting or disturbing anyone else

All staff have Duty of Care in respect of the children they are responsible for.

Classroom Management Strategies

All staff are individuals and as such will have different strategies for ensuring a positive learning environment within the classroom.  However MAPA™ principles and processes apply throughout the school.  All staff are trained in these principles and techniques and the school has three licensed MAPA™ trainers, one of whom is the coordinator of the ATC.

Rights, responsibilities, routines and rules should be taught/discussed at the start of the year and regularly re-inforced.  They should include routines for coming in/leaving class, how to gain adult attention, equipment etc.  There should be clear expectations.  Rules should be:

  • discussed
  • few
  • simple
  • enforced
  • fair
  • visible

When dealing with inappropriate behaviour all staff are trained to use The MAPA™ principles as described by the RESPONSE© model.  See below

Relax and Neutralise

Explain and ask

State what you want

Prompt and gesture

Option to act

Nurture recovery


Engage and learn

This model ensures a consistency of approach whilst allowing staff to respond to the individual needs of each pupil.

The key to good behaviour management is the reinforcement of positive behaviours.

You can download a pdf copy of the full Behaviour Policy here.