Behaviour for Learning
We believe high expectations of student’s behaviour is essential in creating a positive learning experience for all. It creates an environment where students feel safe, respected, and valued, which in turn, fosters a sense of belonging, engagement and high-quality learning experiences.
The foundation of our behaviour expectations is built on the principles of Positive Discipline. This restorative approach not only shapes the school’s philosophy but also underpins the way students are taught and their behaviour managed.
Positive Discipline is a method of teaching students’ self-discipline, responsibility, and problem-solving skills while encouraging them to learn from their mistakes. It emphasises empathy, respect, and a focus on solutions rather than punishment. At William Howard and as part of Cumbria Education Trust we have wholeheartedly embraced this approach as the foundation of our behaviour strategy and systems, understanding that fostering a positive school environment goes beyond mere rule enforcement.
Our students are encouraged to exhibit nine core positive behaviours on a daily basis which are underpinned by our 3 core values of Respect, Responsibility and Resilience. These behaviours are not only expected but celebrated as key contributors to a high performing learning community. They include:
- Use good manners
- Actively listen and respond positively
- Value difference
- Attend, be on time and engage
- Create a calm and organised environment
- Seek help and accept support
- Have courage, encourage others
- Learn from mistakes