Hugh Myddelton Primary School in London. Annabel Le Moine is Assistant Head Teacher, Head of Pastoral, Designated Safeguarding Lead and a Pivotal Instructor. A year of Pivotal practice has made significant changes to behaviour management in the school.
Hugh Myddelton decided to focus on behaviour management when exclusions had hit an all-time peak and it is Annabel’s opinion that the school was “losing control”. She believes the heart of the problem was that they were focussed on sanctions and their behaviour policy was too wordy, too long, and no one read it.
They asked Pivotal for a free behaviour policy review and liked their approach. Annabel trained as a pivotal instructor in November 2015 and an inset day in January 2016 marked the implementing of the Pivotal programme. In preparation for assessing the impact of the programme, Annabel focused on ensuring all teachers consistently reported time outs and internal exclusions.
They soon started to see improvement, and now things have been transformed. “I have to pick out a child wearing the wrong shoes – that is how good it is”
A significant part of the impact came from teachers taking responsibility for poor classroom behaviour and dealing with it themselves rather than referring it to senior leaders, using restorative practice and recognition for appropriate behaviour. Now only high risk behaviour is referred to phase leaders and behaviour is only reported to the SLT if it needs to be.
The school deals with high profile behaviour learners separately but the Pivotal programme has meant that many formerly disruptive learners found themselves able to effectively take part in lessons, now only 1% of their learners are considered to have complex needs.
A focus on behaviour allows teachers who are struggling with managing to be supported. It quickly becomes apparent when a teacher needs help, they are supported but expected to develop their skills. Annabel believes that you cannot effectively teach if you cannot control your learners’ behaviour so insists on proficiency in this area. The Pivotal video on consistent adult behaviour is a principle learning resource to support this development.
The continued work with Pivotal has meant that nearly a year and a half after first training as an instructor the school is continuing to experience a drop in incidents including a decline in reported bullying, damage to property and children not following instructions.
“Since the launch of Pivotal Education at Hugh Myddelton in January 2016, there has been an 85% reduction in behaviour incidents! We firmly believe that the key to success is consistency of approach and adult behaviour. If you are all on board then it works – Hugh Myddelton is proof of that. Thanks to the continued professional support from the Pivotal team, I am confident that our behaviour will be outstanding in no time!”
Annabel Le Moine
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