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Behaviour Policy Addendum

Behaviour Policy 2020 COVID 19 Addendum


At Foxdell Schools Federation we aim to maintain a secure, caring and stimulating environment in which children are encouraged to have respect for themselves and each other. Whilst expectations in our Behaviour Policy remain pertinent, it is necessary, in light of the COVID 19 pandemic, to make some adjustments for the safety of all pupils and staff. It is to be used in conjunction with, and read alongside the Behaviour Policy, Anti-Bullying Policy, E-Safety Policy and Peer-on-Peer Abuse Policy. These adjustments are set out below:


Arrivals, Departures and Moving round the school

Children will enter school through their designated entrance at the agreed time. Children will enter with their parent/carer and will go straight to their designated pod, keeping a 2m distance from any other individual as outlined on the maps sent to parents/carers. There will be markers on the floors to support children with social distancing.


At their designated home time, children will leave the building from their designated exit. They will leave one at a time when the parent has come to collect them, again keeping their distance using the markers on the floors as a guide.


Movement around the school will be limited. When the children leave their pod classroom to go outside for a break, lunch or outdoor learning, they will follow the markers on the floor to ensure they stay 2m from peers and adults. Children will follow an adult from their pod on their designated route.


Children will be expected to tell a member of staff if they are unwell and are exhibiting signs of Coronavirus by raising their hand.


Children must have a responsibility for their own equipment e.g. water bottles and ensure that these are not shared with other pupils.


Hand washing and Hygiene

Children will be expected to follow all hand washing and hygiene routines while in school. Children will wash hands / use antibacterial gel before entering school, after returning from the outside, before and after eating and at regular intervals during the day.


We ask children to follow the “catch it, bin it, kill it” mantra when in school, if they need to cough or sneeze they should use a tissue or crook of their arm. Children will be reminded not to touch their face, mouth, nose or eyes while at school. Should a child refuse to follow these routines, disciplinary procedures and sanctions will be used (see below)


Social Distancing

Children who are old enough will be expected to socially distance from their peers and adults in school and on the playground/field at all times. Pupils will have their own table and chairs spaced 2m apart. When children enter their pod, they will be expected to go straight to their table and nowhere else in the room. Children will put their hand up if they need an adult`s support, they will not get out of their seats.


Teachers will ensure that pupils, where ever possible adhere to social distancing measures. Where older pupils are not complying, the usual disciplinary procedures and sanctions will be used (see below).


We understand socially distancing may be more difficult for younger children, they will be encouraged wherever possible to keep a distance from peers and adults, however, we understand this may not always be possible.



Each pod will have their own toilets to use. These will be sign posted. Children will be supervised and encouraged to use the toilets one at a time (this may not always be possible with Reception children). When a child has finished in the toilet they must wash their hands.


Break Times

Children will have a designated place to play during break times. Children will be expected to remain socially distance from both peers and adults during play and break times. Children must stay in their designated area at all times.



Teachers and Teaching Assistants welcome opportunities to praise individuals for good work, attitude or good behaviour, and show recognition, if these are brought to their attention. Above all praise and encouragement should be used as much as possible. Walking through school to show their work to the Executive Headteacher or other adult for acknowledgement and praise during this time will not be permitted, however, we will be holding a virtual celebration assembly each week for Star of the Week awards.


Behaviour in School If a child`s behaviour is deemed high risk, for example, refusing to adhere to safety measures, such as, hand washing, social distancing, remaining in their pods or deliberate behaviours that put themselves or others at risk, such as spitting or deliberately coughing at people. The following sanctions and disciplinary procedures could be used:

  • Conversation(s) with pupil(s) which could include a verbal warning, moving seats if logistically possible and other behaviour management strategies in line with our current Behaviour Policy
  • Once all appropriate behaviour management strategies have been exhausted, contact should be made with pupil`s parent/carer
  • If the health and safety of other pupils and staff members are put at risk by the pupils not adhering to social distancing measures, then the parent/carer will be expected to collect the pupil an a fixed term exclusion will be applied in line with Exclusion guidance


Pupils with Special Educational Needs

We acknowledge that children will have had a range of different experiences during the lockdown period which may have an impact on their behaviour presentation upon return to school. Some may present with frustration as a result of being isolated from friends or having missed a significant event or experience e.g. exams, school trip etc. Others may have experienced bereavement or loss of another, real or perceived, traumatic episode. For many, the process or re-engagement with learning and the school community, under unusual circumstances, may require some additional input and encouragement.


As a result of these varied experiences children may present with behaviour that is not usual, this may include: ● Anxiety, lack of confidence

  • Challenging behaviour, fight or flight response
  • Anger, shouting, crying
  • Hyperactivity and difficulties maintaining attention


For some children, including those with attachment concerns and / or SEN, and especially those with autism, the change in routines and lack of familiarity will require additional adjustment.


School recognises that behaviour could be a sign that for some individual children there is an unfulfilled need and that the behaviour is communicating that there is a problem. The school will undertake an individual risk assessment for the child and use reasonable endeavours to make the necessary adjustments to reduce the stimulus that may be triggering the challenging response.


Children with SEN are recognised as being particularly vulnerable and therefore have an urgent need to be re-integrated back into school as soon as reasonably possible. School will work closely with parents to implement supportive strategies that will inform an appropriate response. If necessary school will seek external support from other agencies such as Educational Psychologists or Early Help.


Pupil`s Working from Home

If interacting with other pupils or staff online, pupils should always be kind and respectful to each other and respectful and obedient to staff, remembering at all times that the staff are not “friends”, with, or peers to, pupils.


Pupils should never attempt to contact staff via social media or make comments about staff on social media platforms. Aby inappropriate comments to staff online, via Seesaw/Purple Mash or any other platform will be taken very seriously. This is also the case of for any online bullying towards other pupils or peer-on-peer abuse that is disclosed to the school during this time.