At BlueShift, we recognise that the behaviour of the vast majority of our campers is excellent for almost all of the time and we seek to provide positive incentives to further encourage this. We believe that a clear and consistent policy provides security for children, increases their opportunities for development and learning, as well as supporting all our campers to behave well.
Every member of the staff team is responsible for promoting and supporting positive behaviour throughout every camps.
Behaviour expectations have been formulated into the BlueShift Rules. Campers and staff are reminded of the BlueShift rules at the beginning of every day of camp. Parents and carers are also made aware of the Rules via the Parents’ Handbook, which is hosted on our website and is sent out to customers before each camp.
It is the expectation that all children will agree to follow the BlueShift Rules. Class teachers are responsible for introducing the Rules to their pupils. Each teacher is responsible for revisiting the Rules with their class as well as, on occasion, setting additional expectations.
We recognise that different techniques are more or less effective dependent on the age of our campers. This is why our Juniors (5-9) have a different behaviour management system than our Seniors (10+).
Each Junior class will have a behaviour chart (as illustrated below). At the beginning of the week each child will have a little character to write their names on, these characters will be placed on yellow. If a child shows Ready, Respectful or Safe behaviour, or shows immense effort or achievement, they will be moved up on the chart. However if they are not showing positive behaviour, and have ignored a warning, they will be moved down on the chart.
Their position on the chart at the end of the day will be reflected in how many points they receive on classdojo and either a sticker from their teacher or a gold sticker from the camp manager.
We find that behaviour charts are very effective due to how it shows a child that if they make a mistake, they will be moved down, but they can then make a positive change and end the day on a positive colour.
If a child moves down on the behaviour chart they will have classdojo points taken away from them and might have to speak to the camp manager about their behaviour. We always emphasise to children who have been moved down that they can change in the future.
To support positive behaviour in class or around the camp, graduated procedures are in place.
Seniors who break a rule will be sanctioned in the following way to reflect the adult’s decision:
- Yellow Zone/First Warning – Verbal warning in class
- Orange Zone/Second Warning - Taken out of classroom and spoken to by the teacher, time out in class
- Red Zone/Third Warning - Time out out of class (e.g office) and parents notified
- Purple Zone/Fourth Warning - Parents notified and child sent home
Break down of Senior Zone levels
Yellow Zone – Verbal warning
The staff member reminds the child of the expected behaviour, refers to the relevant part of the BlueShift Rules (i.e. Ready, Respectful, Safe) and warns the child. The teacher may move the child’s name without verbal reference if they are in the middle of teaching. If the unwanted behaviour continues refer to the ‘Orange Zone’.
Orange Zone - Time out in class
‘Time out’ provides the child with an opportunity to cool down and reflect. The child will be asked to sit alone in an appropriate place in class. It is the expectation that five minutes time out should be sufficient, but in all cases this will be limited to a maximum of ten minutes. In some circumstances a child may be asked to have more than one time out within the same session. If the unwanted behaviour continues refer to the ‘Red Zone’.
Red Zone - Time out in another class/staff office
Time out of class, provides the child with an opportunity to cool down and reflect away from the class environment. Time out of class is always supervised. Children will not be asked to sit in the corridor. It is the expectation that five minutes should be sufficient but in all cases ‘time out in another class’ will be limited to a maximum of ten minutes.
Class based staff will keep a record of any child given time out in their class.
Apart from exceptional circumstances, it is expected that a child’s behaviour would have been supported through the graduated sanctions detailed above before being moved to the Red Zone. Some behaviours, e.g bullying, will lead to being placed immediately in the ‘Red Zone’.
- Fighting with children
- Deliberately hurting an adult
- Refusing to show respect towards adults and the school’s expectations
Parents notified and the child sent home.