Positive Reward Culture

Westhaven School continues to have a reward culture, whereby learners’ positive successes far out-weigh the negative. Staff are encouraged to use online systems to promote and reward the learning behaviours that we strive for with the Westhaven Way under-pinning the ethos of the whole school.

All positive behaviour points are recorded on Class Dojo which is an online classroom-based, rewards system. Other positive rewards include:

  • Manner merits
  • I am proud certificates
  • Head boy/girl/person
  • VIP badges
  • Class prefects
  • School council representatives
  • Star of the lesson/week
  • Termly cups/prizes

All negative behaviour incidents are recorded on CPOMS.

Safety Intervention

The Principle that underpins the Safety Intervention philosophy is ‘least restrictive for the least amount of time’. Our highly professional and caring staff are trained to use Preventative and De-escalation strategies before positive handling is used as a last resort.

At Westhaven every member of staff has attended a CPI (Crisis Prevention Institution) Safety Intervention Foundation Course, which focuses on the prevention and de-escalation strategies used to avert potential incidents. The learners are aware of zones of regulations and are encouraged to self-regulate where safe and appropriate to do so. We do have a number of staff trained in the use of positive handling, which is used as an absolute last resort and for the minimum amount of time.

Mr J Peacock, Mr J Bevan and Mr H Tuttiett are all qualified Safety Intervention Instructors and deliver the course to Westhaven Staff.

The Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI) has been recertified in February 2023 as complying with the Restraint Reduction Network Training Standards.

Short guide on the use of restrictive interventions

The Bild ACT RRN Training Standards ensure that training is delivered by competent and experienced training professionals who can evidence knowledge and skills that go far beyond the application of physical restraint or other restrictive interventions.

They represent a huge leap forward in protecting the safety and human rights for everyone including, but not limited to, people with mental health conditions, dementia, learning disabilities and autism.

You can learn more about the importance of the Standards here.