At Felixstowe Academy our rewards and behavioural policy is underpinned with the beliefs and values underpinned by Discipline with Dignity.
Discipline with Dignity seeks to empower students with the skills and motivation needed to take responsibility for their own actions and in so doing equip them with invaluable interpersonal skills needed in the wider community.
Whilst sanctions and rewards can be used to reinforce certain behaviours, it is the Academy’s capacity to adapt curriculum pathways, develop positive stakeholder relationships and provide outstanding pastoral support that will ensure students within our care follow the pathway to success.
“Creating positive motivation for children to adopt new behaviours is at the heart of the Discipline with Dignity approach” (Dr Allen Mendler)
In order to create an environment that will not only support, but positively encourage Discipline with Dignity, the Academy must first seek to build connections with all stakeholders.
In order to facilitate this, staff will endeavour to uphold the seven principles of Discipline with Dignity:
1. Behaviour change takes time
2. Stop doing ineffective things
3. I will be fair and I wont always treat people the same
4. Rules should always make sense
5. Model what you expect
6. Responsibility is more important than obedience
7. Always treat students with dignity
Teachers and students at the Academy should work together to establish and maintain a learning and social environment which emphasises positive behaviour, and where care and concern for others are valued. Behaviour management is an integral part of the whole academy curriculum, which teaches appropriate and relevant social skills to all students. This enables students to participate fully in the home, academy and local community and prepares them for the responsibilities of adult life in an ethnically diverse society.
Bullying of any form is not tolerated by the Academy, and all staff and students are expected to be committed to this policy. All staff and students should respect each individual and aim to make everyone feel comfortable, both on their way to and from the Academy and within the Academy. There must not be any fear of, or intimidation from, other people, either physical or psychological. Bullying is the aggressive behaviour of one person, or group of people towards another.