Behaviour and Wellbeing
At Hebden Green School we have a diverse population of children and young people and we acknowledge that no one system will effectively meet all our pupils needs, especially in relation to their wellbeing. Therefore we have wide ranging positive reward systems in place which vary from class to class and may include stars/ stickers or time with a preferred person. We also have a whole school reward system (Houses).
For some of our pupils, challenging behaviour is often the result of an unmet need and/or difficulties in communicating that need to others. Some of our pupils experience sensory issues and may find particular environments and experiences over-stimulating, frightening or uncomfortable. In order to be active and valued participants in society as adults, our pupils need to be empowered to respond to, and cope with a range of potential situations and demands.
We aim to design programmes to teach more effective means of communication, more socially appropriate interactions with others, and greater tolerance of the different environments and demands which will be encountered in everyday life.
In order to fulfil this aim, we adopt the principles and practices of the Institute of Applied Behaviour Analysis (IABA), an internationally-renowned organisation and market leader in using multi-element Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) approaches to enable people to overcome behaviour challenges and ultimately live the life they want to live.
Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) is widely acknowledged to be the most effective way to support people whose behaviour challenges the families, carers, schools and services that support them. From April 2014 onwards, it has been the required model for all adult learning disabilities, social care and health services to follow.
For other pupils, a more mainstream approach may be more beneficial and for these classes, we have a clear reward and consequence system in place. For example, we expect pupils to try their best in all activities. If they do not do so, we may ask them to repeat a task or activity. Pupils are involved in writing their own Code of Conduct which we expect them to adhere to. Pupils are sometimes involved with setting their own consequences for inappropriate behaviour and for breaking their Code of Conduct.
The school does not tolerate bullying of any kind. If we discover that an act of bullying or intimidation has taken place, we act immediately to stop any further occurrences of such behaviour. While it is very difficult to eradicate bullying, we do everything in our power to ensure that all children attend school free from fear of any kind from others. Please refer to our Counter Bullying policy for more details.