At Moredon Primary & Nursery School, we understand the importance of good pupil behaviour. It is a vital part of maintaining an atmosphere conducive to learning that helps children fulfil their potential. As such, at the beginning of the school year, we updated our behaviour policy by introducing a traffic light system.
Supporting good behaviour is the shared responsibility of everyone within our school. We think it is important, therefore, to let you know how good behaviour is promoted at Moredon Primary & Nursery School. In this blog post, we will explain what the traffic light system is and how it fits into our behaviour policy.
In September, each class agreed their own rules that they promised to abide by. The introduction of a traffic light system supports children in abiding by these rules and being aware of what is and isn’t acceptable behaviour.
Children start every day in the green zone. If they break a class rule, or behave inappropriately, they will be warned by the teacher. If their poor behaviour continues in spite of the warning, the child is moved to the amber zone. At this point, the teacher explains what the pupil can do to return to the green zone. It is also made clear that if the poor behaviour continues, they will be moved into the red zone.
This style of behaviour strategy avoids an entirely negative focus by highlighting how the pupil can return to the green zone by improving their behaviour. However, it is important that there are clear consequences for poor behaviour.
Every Friday, during the last session of the day, the whole class is rewarded with 30 minutes of golden time, during which the children get to participate in a number of fun activities.
The consequence of ending a day in the amber or red zone is losing a portion of golden time at the end of the week. The golden time system both rewards good behaviour and gives children who show elements of poor behaviour a motivation to improve.
Our behaviour policy aims to reward and recognise children who are consistently well behaved while offering support for those who are struggling. The traffic light system is an addition to the behaviour policy that guarantees fairness and improves clarity for both teachers and children.
If you would like to read our full behaviour policy, which includes more information about the traffic light system, you will find a copy of the policy attached to this post.