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Behaviour Support Service
Are you worried about your child's behaviour?
You may be worried about standards of behaviour in your son or
daughter's school or you may be worried about your own child's
All schools have behaviour policies and strategies that they can
follow to encourage high standards of behaviour. Children and young
people are encouraged to show respect for one another and for the
adults who work with them.
Causes for concern may include:
- refusal to work,
- physical violence,
- verbal bullying.
These are all causes for concern because they disrupt the work
of the classroom and prevent the individual pupil from
concentrating on work.
What do schools do?
Pupils are rewarded for good behaviour but schools also have
sanctions, such as missing break times or missing a favourite
activity, doing extra work or writing a letter of apology. Most
schools will have a series of sanctions that are used for serious
problems. These will eventually lead to being sent to the
headteacher or head of pastoral support. A secondary school may
have a support unit or inclusion unit where pupils with behaviour
problems have " time out " before being given a fresh start in
There should be communication with parents so that everyone,
including the pupil, is aware of what needs to be done to improve
Parental support is very important if behaviour difficulties are
to be sorted out.
What if nothing works?
Should the problems be serious, the school can give a fixed term
or permanent exclusion. This should only happen when the young
person is disrupting the work of the school to such an extent that
other pupils are suffering or where violence is severe.
Medway Council, as the Local Authority, must then make
alternative provision for the young person.
The Behaviour Support Service
The Behaviour Support Service tries to help parents and schools
to enable pupils with social, emotional and behavioural
difficulties to reach their full potential within an educational
The Primary Behaviour Support Service also offers:
- advice and support to the Local Authority, school staff and
parents and carers;
- support for managed moves for pupils close to permanent
- emotional, social and behavioural support for pupils during
transition between Key Stages;
- the maximisation of life chances through multi-agency working,
partnerships and alliances;
- development opportunities to share and sustain best practice on
- training opportunities for school staff.
Within the Service there are two pupil
referral units: Silverbank Park (the Elms) for Key Stage 3
pupils and the Will Adams Centre for Key Stage 4 pupils.