At Ridgeway, we are focused upon providing supportive interventions to ensure that each child has a positive school experience and achieves successful outcomes.
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The ‘Pivotal’ approach to behaviour management
Ridgeway staff have been trained in the Pivotal Education approach to behaviour management, which follows five pillars:
- Consistent and calm approach
- First attention to best conduct
- Relentless routines
- Script difficult behaviours
- Restorative follow-up
Our positive approach is based around staff influencing and managing the choices students make about their behaviour. This is achieved through:
- An emphasis on positive statements
- Teaching students the social skills they need to be successful
- Re-directing the students towards desired behaviour
- Effective use of the rewards system
What do the five pillars involve?
Here is what implementing the five pillars means in practice:
1 Consistent and calm
Ensuring that, as the adult and the member of staff, we remain calm, consistent and professional at all times.
2 First attention to best conduct
Ensuring that we focus our attention on catching the students being good, recognising and praising it when we see it, and rewarding when appropriate.
3 Relentless routines
Ensuring that we regularly and consistently follow routines that encourage positive behaviour:
- Reminding students of our key message: Ready—Respectful—Safe
- Meeting and greeting students before every lesson
- Giving our first attention to best conduct
- Ensuring our first response is kindness
- Maintaining our Recognition Boards in a timely manner
- Contacting home to praise good behaviour
4 Script difficult behaviours
Ensuring that, in dealing with inappropriate behaviour, we respond with politeness, seek to de-escalate, allow the student time to reflect and provide opportunities to change poor behaviour choices.
5 Restorative follow-up
Ensuring that a student has an opportunity to talk through a behaviour incident in order to reflect on their choices and to ensure that relationships are repaired and rebuilt.
Click below to read/download the latest Department for Education document on school exclusions: