Longford Park school is committed to managing pupil behaviour.
LPS is the SEBD primary school for Trafford. It presently has 48 pupils on roll. Many other pupils and their schools across Trafford are supported through our Outreach service. Through close partnership between the local authority, Trafford primaries and LPS permanent exclusions are almost non-existent. All pupils, their schools and families are taken through formal assessment processes as part of a planned transition into LPS.
The school is an Outstanding School (OFSTED), is the Pupil Premium Special School of the Year (2013) and has a fine reputation locally and nationally.
Given the difficulties presented by the pupil cohort; progress academically and in terms of behaviour is profound. Those visiting the school consistently state it is not what they expected and is calmer than almost any school. While this may not always apply, the reasons for this state can be explored by charting how the school manages behaviour.
All primary schools share the fine values often embroidered in mission statements, we are no different. Learn and Grow is the head-line and underneath a determination to do the best for each individual to give them the best chance. Clearly social and behaviour difficulties are the over-riding barrier, but we believe many of these can be addressed through the curriculum. We set up structures and interventions that reduce anxieties and increase opportunities to succeed.
This Much We know:
We are extremely fortunate to be able to teach these pupils in small, manageable groups. Our own research has shown the impact our children have had in mainstream classes of thirty or so pupils. We are blessed with a very stable, skilled and experienced staff team. The low turn-over of staff reflects good appointments and CPD. It also reflects the fact the team ethos and rewards of the job make it a nice place to work. The other advantage of this is consistency and this key word underpins much of the work at LPS.
What We Do...Consistently:
Across school behaviour is addressed so our children learn through their mistakes as well as through progress. Positive relationships are the backbone of success and reinforce the schools ethos of aspiration, achievement and respect. Working in tandem with respect is the focus on teaching and learning to manage behaviour by harnessing the awe and wonder of our children and to further embed the schools ethos. The behaviour management policy revolves around a points system that is applied at every lesson and break-time. Points are awarded for compliance, resilience and respect this is directly linked to pupil’s personal targets and the schools ethos. The points system leads to Good Letters home to further strengthen positive home-school links and partnerships. Stickers, a pupil party, certificates, weekly awards ceremony, pupil of the week trophy and in-class rewards proliferate. Individual Behaviour Plans link with development in the key areas of:
Interacting & working with others
Independent & organisational skills
Poor behaviour is addressed in a positive way. Incidents of poor behaviour are explored during Golden Times throughout the day. On occasions pupils make up time lost during their break times.
Partnership with parents is embraced and daily information about behaviour goes home with the points achieved. Multi-agency working is prioritised.
We recognise some pupils require additional support beyond the structures in place. We will offer individual support, time, space and therapeutic interventions to assist. A minority of pupils have tailored individual timetables with high levels of one to one support.
The school through PSHEE, class work, drama, circle time, breakfast club, feel-good factor classes and the hidden curriculum is constantly helping our pupils with the major difficulty; behaviour, to ensure the pupils Learn and Grow.