Learning & behaviour
Learning and behaviour
The importance of consistency
At Meadstead Primary Academy we like to ensure that all staff are consistent in their expectations of children and in the messages we give. In this way children have absolute certainty about what is expected of them in the academy and this gives them a sense of belonging and security. For this reason we established common routines, a common language of learning and a common approach to keeping our children safe and happy. Bumbles rules and values are followed daily by all staff. These may seem like very simple rules but these are important in teaching children about meeting standards, dealing with rules and feeling part of the Meadstead 'family' (rules and routines attached below). We explain below the common approaches that we use to safeguarding issues so that the messages about how to keep safe are constantly reinforced. Please see Behaviour Policy in policy section for further detail.
Children who feel bullied are encouraged to speak to one any member of staff or member, Academy council or Playground leaders. Children are taught to ‘stop, talk and walk’ and not to retaliate if they feel bullied which is the advice of 'McGruff the Crime Dog'. All reports of bullying are recorded, dealt with and then monitored to ensure that they do not recur (CPOMS used for recording). We also explain to children who have used specific inappropriate language/actions (for example the word 'gay' in an offensive manner) that use of these types of words and actions are not acceptable and introduce them to the concept of different types of bullying. In most instances ‘bullying’ is a fall-out between friends and the situation is quickly rectified, in fact the term 'bullying' only truly refers to behaviour that is repeated over time rather than a 'one-off' incident. McGruff the Crime Dog has a very useful website with lots of additional advice and resources about bullying. There is also an excellent video on the site which is shown at least once a year to children in assembly. You might also find the information on this link helpful.
We teach our children all about the NSPCC 'underwear rule' which is an age-appropriate way of teaching children that no-one has the right to touch certain parts of their body. Posters explaining the rule are also displayed throughout the academy. Children are taught to remember 'PANTS' which reminds them that 'Privates are private; Always remember your body belongs to you; No means no; Talk about secrets that upset you and; Speak up, someone can help.
There are some very useful resources on the NSPCC underwear rule webpage. These include a video for parents, downloadable leaflets in a variety of languages and advice on specialist situations such as discussing personal safety with children who have a learning disability.
We would request that all parents take some time to read the NSPCC advice and talk with their children about this sensitive but important subject.
At the academy, we teach the children the SMART rules of Internet safety. Safe, Meeting, Accepting, Reliable and Tell. Posters are displayed throughout the academy about the SMART rules and pupils are also shown There are some very useful resources on the Kidsmart website. These include helpful videos, downloadable leaflets and posters and a wealth of advice for parents and children on how to keep themselves safe online. Please note that, although we have a Facebook website page, we specifically tell our ch not to 'like' or post any comments to it as this makes them potentially identifiable to online predators (officially the minimum age to have a Facebook account is 13!).