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What is the Pivotal Approach?

Pivotal starts with the behaviour of adults. We shape it to reach a level of consistency that most will never have experienced.  We create a platform for change based around the one behaviour we can control absolutely control…our own.

Therefore, we believe all adults must be fully engaged in managing and modifying behaviour. As a result, everybody is trained to an exceptionally high standard so around the site, nobody ‘walks past’.

Also the behaviour management of individual teachers is rapidly up-skilled in leading edge classroom practice that eradicates low level disruption and refocuses everyone on the learning. Ultimately, there is a huge shift in expectations in every classroom and from every adult.

Humiliation in any form plays no part in the Pivotal approach. Learners are respected, regardless of their behaviour. Therefore, adult behaviour will never be compromised by learner behaviour. Adults strip out all negative emotion/response when dealing with challenging behaviour.

Recognition replaces reward. The Pivotal focus is on pride not prizes. Recognition systems are not individual but collective. Learners are interdependent.

The Pivotal approach is shaped around the 95% of learners who arrive every day keen to learn and eager to please: the silent majority.

We don’t believe the 5% of the most troubled learners are ‘behaviour problems’; they need a different approach: one that is not based on a set of increasingly large sanctions.  Learners are never able to ‘power play’ with adults. There is no ‘them and us’ culture. Universal micro scripts are used to intervene with poor behaviour.

Learners are never passed up the hierarchy. We have innovative approaches to ensure teachers at the classroom level remain in charge of the incident.

Due to this our approach, there are no detentions, segregation/isolation rooms, physical restraints or punitive punishments. Therefore, adults and learners have structured restorative conversations.

Our focus is on tracking and increasing learning hours for all learners and, in addition, data is used to drive cultural change.  As a result,  everyone can see the impact that their efforts are making.

Behaviour Blueprint

The Henry Box School aims for all of its students to be well-motivated and self-aware learners, who can conduct themselves appropriately in a range of situations.  We also aim to create an ethos and an environment in which students feel safe and in which they can learn to interact respectfully, sensibly and maturely with others.  We want our students to develop into responsible citizens, playing an active part in the school, local and wider communities.  We want students to behave appropriately because it is the right thing to do.  Underpinning this, we expect all staff to be positive role models.  Ultimately, we believe that all members of the school community deserve to be treated with dignity.

Please see the Behaviour Blueprint below for futher information.


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