Children at The Oaks behave exceptionally well. Their conduct around school and within lessons is very good. We are extremely proud of the kindness and consideration they show others and the positive learning behaviours they demonstrate. As a result, pupils are able to access a full and vibrant educational experience at The Oaks.
We understand that children are learners; socially, personally and academically. We recognise that all behaviour is communication, and take into account the functions of the behaviours, the observable and hidden aspects of behaviour as well as the behaviour cycle. With respect to these, we seek to be proactive rather than reactive in our approach. At every point we always see behaviour (wanted or unwanted) as a learning point. Behaviour is also inextricably linked to relationships, and so nurturing and fostering our relationships with each and every child, and between children, is fundamental in enabling children to develop their ability to self-regulate, to manage their own relationships and to become responsible and self-assured learners.
In order to achieve this, we teach the children about managing their own behaviour, feelings, conduct, relationships and learning behaviours. We emphasise the value of certain behaviours and attitudes through our three simple Behaviour Expectations and characteristics of effective learning through the theme of ‘The Learning Wood’.
Our Behaviour Expectations
We are kind. We are respectful. We do our best.
Restorative Justice Approaches (RJA)
At The Oaks we use restorative approaches as a way to teach children about the impact of their actions on others and how to navigate conflict resolution.
RJA is an understanding that we work best when part of a community and that to do so we need an understanding of how a community works, self awareness of our responsibilities to that community and shared communication skills.
Restorative Justice is a process that resolves conflict. It promotes telling the truth, taking responsibility, acknowledging harm as appropriate responses to conflict and in doing so creates accountability.
It is a very valuable tool as it not only allows the harmer to see the impact of their behaviour but also allows the "harmed" person the opportunity to see if they contributed to the conflict in anyway by their own behaviour. Both participants are then able to agree their own resolution regarding how they are going to treat each other in the future. This gives both a personal stake in the success of the contract. By looking at what harm has been caused it brings the participants together to develop a solution.
Our full Behaviour Policy can be found on the link below: