However good the behaviour policy for any school, children will continue to make poor choices or mistakes of judgement. Adults should see these as an opportunity to build new skills through a coaching approach, rather than seeing this as a trigger for punishment and coercion by force
The Green Room (Learning Support Room)
The Green Room is intended to encompass a number of different roles within the school in terms of behaviour support. It is to provide both a safe area for pupils to use in times of difficulty for time out and emotional support, an area used to promote and reinforce positive behaviour changes as well as a secluded area to assist with resolution and repair issues.
Pupils can use the Green Room for a short time out if they are unable to cope with a situation/emotions. We should be praising pupils for making good choices when they are becoming more aware of their emotional states and the triggers that may be causing them
Pupils are received by staff and assisted in calming down. Time is spent talking about the difficulty they are experiencing and issues addressed in line with the school policy and behaviour code as applicable. Staff would be looking to work with the children to help them manage the language of making better choices
Pupils are given support and coping strategies for re-entry into the class situation and advised on appropriate exiting strategies should they be faced with further difficulties.
The focus is firmly on re-entry to class.
The duration and frequency of time out of each individual is recorded and monitored.
Time out may be initiated by staff or pupils but is designed to give some relief to the teacher and the students
Pupils are able to use the Green Room for short term respite from the class situation. This may be due to unacceptable levels of disruption, emotional needs of the pupil or for the wider needs of the class.
This is not permitted to be used as task avoidance tactic as class work continues along with discussion of reasons for exiting as appropriate.
Short term respite is initiated by staff. However, it may often be the case that pupils seek this out for themselves but the decision remains firmly with staff and pupil will be accompanied back to class and staff informed.
Frequency is recorded and monitored.
The strategy of use can include targeted time in time as a reward for effort. This can be used for all ages and is designed to give time back to a student and is normally organised with another student who can set good standards as a matter of course.