The Rule of Law:
The importance of laws and rules, whether they are those that govern the class, the school or the country, are consistently reinforced. Our system for behaviour is aligned to an agreed set of school rules and responsibilities and if children are given verbal warnings this is always set against these rules and responsibilities agreed in the school code. At the start of the school year, each class discusses and sets its own Class Charter, a set of principles that are clearly understood by all and seen to be necessary to ensure that every class member is able to learn in a safe and ordered environment.
Children are asked to identify which aspect of the code they have broken to ensure that this connection is made and understood. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the police, fire service etc. are regular parts of our calendar and help reinforce this message.
To encourage and promote good behaviour, attitude and work, we have devised a reward system which is consistently followed throughout the school.We are committed to praising children’s efforts. We endeavour to praise the children informally, individually, during group work, in front of the whole class and the whole school. Children are rewarded not only for achievement in curriculum areas, but for behaviour and general adherence to the Berkeley ‘Positive Behaviour’ policy.
Rewards are given in the form of verbal praise, stickers, house points and certificates. Children’s achievements are also recognised during Celebration Assemblies through our Berkeley’s Best. (please see our Berkeley Best Awards)