Behaviour & Safety
At St. Peter’s C.E. Primary School, we value everyone as an individual, capable of growth, change and development. Our relationships are underpinned by the principles of justice, equality, mutual respect, fairness and consistency. Our school policies on Behaviour and Safety are underpinned by the Written Statement of Behaviour Principles that the Governors expect to be followed.
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At St. Peter’s we believe that everyone has a right to feel happy and safe. We believe that everyone is equal and we treat each other with dignity and respect. Our school Behaviour for Learning Policy and Anti-Bullying Policy dovetail as a means of promoting good relationships and fostering a productive partnerships between adults and children alike. Our school commitment is to all work together with the common purpose of ensuring a secure and happy environment free from threat, harassment, discrimination or any type of bullying behaviour. Our children are then able to grow to become positive, responsible and increasingly independent members of the school community, reflecting our Christian values in their behaviour.
St. Peter’s is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, and we expect all staff and volunteers working in our school to share this commitment. We have adopted the West Sussex Model Child Protection Policy and ensure that there are clear procedures in place to deal with any concerns. All adults who work or volunteer in school must ensure that they are aware of these procedures. Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child’s welfare. We will ensure that these concerns are discussed with parents and carers first, unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child’s welfare. All adults working with children in our school are required to have a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.
Digital technologies have become integral to the lives of children and young people in today’s society, both within schools and in their lives outside of school. Critical thinking skills are crucial for children to develop during this digital age. The internet, and other digital information and communications technologies, are powerful tools, which open up new opportunities for everyone. These technologies can stimulate discussion, promote creativity and stimulate awareness of context to promote effective learning. They also bring opportunities for staff to be more creative and productive in their work. All users should have an entitlement to safe access to the internet and digital technologies at all times. Developing critical thinking skills is crucial for children during this digital age.
Whilst general guidelines to follow in order to keep children safe online have been around for some time, without regular review they can quickly become outdated. For example, advice such as ‘monitor your child's email’. Most children do not communicate primarily through email anymore, or even through text message. Social media networks and smartphone apps are more popular for chatting and sharing multimedia online. Chances are your child is fully aware of apps like WhatsApp and Snapchat, or social networks like Instagram and TikTok. The majority of these apps and social networks are not appropriate for primary school age children. The NSPCC offers a fantastic searchable guide to social networks, games and apps. net-aware.org.uk
Digital Safety is not purely a technological issue. The responsibility for digital safety is shared amongst all users. Our school policy recognises the key part that schools have to play in firmly embedding this within all safeguarding policies and practices.
The following are some useful sites to help parents and carers understand and support children with digital safety. They can help adults to understand the risks posed to children online and what steps can be taken in an attempt to protect them. There is also advice available regarding what to do and where to go if parents and carers are concerned:
There are many other sources of information on-line to help and guide both adults and children. However, if you need help, advice or a means to report a serious on-line incident then (for example sexual abuse or the inappropriate communication) visit:
You are of course welcome to discuss any issues or concerns that you may have regarding behaviour and safety in any context with your child’s class teacher or another member of staff. Please contact the School Office to make an appointment.