I have had a number of concerns sent to me about behaviour recently. I just wanted to point out a few things that you might find interesting.
We aim to create an inclusive school at Maesglas where behaviour is not only managed but changed. We recognise that we have some complex behaviours in school and we know that increasing punishment and consequence has very little impact.
We aim to have positive relationships with all pupils. Patient, encouraging and kind staff that are invested in helping.
We need you to know that we have the long term interest of your children in common. We want them to be the best they can be.
I am writing to ask for co-operation and understanding in not immediately challenging staff who have seen fit to raise a behavioural concern about your child.
I don’t want to end in a situation where we have staff preferring not to deal with behaviour of a child for fear of time consuming and unpleasant repercussions.
We have a deeply caring and nurturing environment in Maesglas. We are all trying to do what is best for your child. We do not enjoy telling children off and imposing sanctions. We do not want to make children unhappy but we know it happens. We are not in the habit of shaming children. Just because people don't see or hear conversations it does not mean that they have not happened.
Please can I ask you to not always believe your child’s version of events straight away, consider both sides of the story. We need to remember that we (parents and me) are not present all the time. A child that has done something wrong has more at stake than a member of staff simply pointing out and dealing with something.
We will all get things wrong. That is fine. That is how we learn. You have sent your child to Ysgol Maesglas. Hopefully because you like the ethos, staff and opportunities provided.
Can I respectfully ask that if you have an issue with a decision and really think it needs challenging then you contact me. The staff are merely upholding my expectations and I need them to do this so we can get on with the core priority of educating your children in a safe school environment with healthy and supportive relationships.
We are here to help. Just ask.
Mr Cass, Headteacher