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Unity Primary Academy

“Giving every child every chance, every day.”


Behaviour at Unity

Our behaviour system and approach to classroom management.


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                                      ‘Talking for a Purpose’ and ‘Moving on Up’             


At Unity Primary Academy, we adopt and consistently implement, Change Behaviour approaches. School wide, we have two central behaviour supports running concurrently together. The first is “Talking for a Purpose”, Language to Increase Compliance. Say what you mean and mean what you say. This is a language- based intervention, where teaching staff use specific behavioural language to increase compliant behaviours such as, following adult directions.


All adults also understand the importance of modelling self-regulation abilities, for all children. At Unity Primary Academy we take the stance that, adults regulate themselves first and then scaffold co-regulation with children. With the outcome being, children self-regulating independently. This is primarily via the Managing State Model within the “Talking for a Purpose” approach.


Our school wide classroom management approach is called Moving on Up. Moving on Up is a positive and pro-active approach to classroom management and is in every classroom at Unity Primary Academy. As a Change Behaviour school, our fundamentals of behaviour management are based on increasing self-regulation skills of teachers and children.  Moving on Up, follows a consistent visual approach and encourages positive language interactions and behaviour outcomes in all aspect within the school environment. The system has been specifically designed so that all children have the opportunity to learn how to make positive choices and to take responsibility for their own behaviour and learning. Every child within our school has the opportunity to earn the reward of fifteen minutes of TOPS Time each day, by moving their peg up. TOPS Time is the Time and Opportunity to Practise Skills where children learn skills through adult led activities and games. One point to note, this is not “golden time or free play” but the space for our children to develop social behaviours, such as sharing, co-operation and negotiation as well as learning behaviours such as listening and concentration. Each half term there is a TOPS Time Celebration and the whole school celebrate together.


Information about these two behaviour approaches is available for parents at any time.