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The West Coast Language Development Centre has a Behaviour Policy that underpins the Positive Student Behaviour Plan. The development of appropriate and acceptable behaviour is a staff, parent and student concern. Its success is based upon the recognition of the dignity and worth of all individuals. The Positive Student Behaviour Plan has been written in connection with the Department of Education’s Student Behaviour in Public Schools Policy (2016).
This plan aims to develop a school community that:
- has self-discipline
- is courteous
- has consideration of self, others and property
- respects all regardless of gender or background
Children at the Language Centre work with a variety of adults during a day/week. In a normal week they may work with several class teachers, aides, a speech pathologist, speech pathology students, art teacher, librarian, phys-ed teacher, parent helper, volunteer and relief teachers. Language disordered children may have very poor interaction and attention skills, as well as difficulty in learning appropriate routines and behaviour. It is essential that a consistent approach to behaviour be used by all adults with whom they interact in a learning situation.
Teachers at the Language Centre explicitly teach learning routines and behaviours to enable children to be engaged in their learning and develop appropriate school behaviours. Teachers use motivating visual rewards systems and adapt them to the needs of the students, either whole class or individual. It should always be remembered that positive reinforcement is stronger and more sustainable than negative reinforcement for modifying behaviour.
Parents and caregivers play an important role in supporting their child’s behaviour at school. Teachers will communicate concerns in a range of ways, either by phone, email or letters home. From time to time case conferences will be held if a student requires additional support to meet their individual needs or to modify their behaviour.