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Positive Behaviour

Positive Behaviour Policy COVID-19 Addendum Guidance and Template

This Guidance is intended as a support for schools as they focus upon the Department of Education’s ‘Education Restart’.

COVID-19 has significantly impacted on society as a whole, the impact of the virus and lockdown restrictions have been widely recognised as potentially traumatising experiences.  Potentially the whole school community could be affected by these experiences, i.e. staff/pupils/parents/guardians.

Safeguarding should permeate all aspects of school life, schools should ensure that this Guidance is read in conjunction with their Special Educational Needs Policy, Child Protection and suite of Safeguarding Policies.

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Welcome Back to School Primary Resources

The ‘Back to School’ programme has been developed by EA Primary Behaviour Support & Provisions.
It offers pupils the opportunity to reflect on their time at home and process their thoughts and feelings about coming back to school. Pupils will vary in their responses about coming back to school and these may change and develop over the coming weeks and months.

This programme comprises of three elements:

  • Guidance Notes
  • Presentation
  • Pupil booklet

These resources can be used with pupils on their first day back at school or over an extended period of time. The activities are based on the Public Health Agency ‘Take 5 Steps to Well-Being’ model, using strategies to promote and support positive well-being, along with developing pupil’s personal strengths and resilience. This will not only give insight into how pupils are feeling, but will also allow school staff the opportunity to reflect on and be aware of their own well-being. This programme can support the school to embed a whole school approach to promoting the social and emotional well-being of all pupils.

Reconnect and Rise Programme – Post Primary

Virtual Drop-in – Positive Behaviour Policy for Restart

Understanding the Impact of COVID within a Trauma Framework

PBS&P Telephone Advice and Support Helpline

Primary Behaviour Support & Provisions provide an advice and support helpline in response to social behaviour and emotional wellbeing concerns which arise in education settings with nursery and primary aged pupils.

The Telephone Advice and Support Helpline is available Monday to Friday 9am to 4.45pm on: 028 3831 4461.

See the information leaflet below for further information on this service.

ADHD Interventions and Techniques

  • Behavioural intervention techniques For Teachers & Parents:
    • specific positive feedback (you worked so hard during maths today)
    • planned ignoring (not responding to undesired behaviour when possible)
    • clear directions phrased in the positive (tell the child what to do instead of what not to do…such as ‘keep writing your sentence’ instead of ‘stop talking’)
    • time out if they need time/space to calm down
    • sticking to previously decided rules/consequences
    • observe and note ABC (antecedent/behaviour/consequence) (
  • Multicomponent classroom led techniques:
    • Token economy and response cost – receiving points for the amount of time they follow the classroom rules (token economy) and losing points for noncompliance with school rules.
    • Precision requests – Initial requests for appropriate behaviour should include the word ‘please’ then waits for 5 seconds.  If the student doesn’t comply then repeat the instruction using the word ‘need’ and wait for 5 seconds. If the child doesn’t comply then a reductive techniques such as ‘time-out’ should be administered.  At any point that the child complies this behaviour should be reinforced.
    • Mystery motivators – An envelope labelled with a question mark is placed in the room with a card stating what the student will win inside. (1-1 time, reward).  Mystery motivators tend to increase the anticipation of the reward.
    • Antecedent strategies – teacher movement around the class and posting of classroom rules

Special Education Needs

Getting Ready to Learn Website and Resources for participating Preschool settings

SEN Early Years Inclusion Service Resources to support Blended Learning Approaches

Early Years Transition School Support

Autism - Introducing Activity Systems(EY & Primary)

Autism - Transition to school packs ( EY, P & PP)

Autism - Emotional Regulation Strategies & Resource pack

Autism - Moving on Up Transfer Resource Pack with online training for PP professionals

Autism - Education Restart Resource Pack

Sensory Service - Radio Aids Roger Inspiro

Sensory Service - Radio Aids Roger Touchscreen

Sensory Service - Advice for Online Learning for Hearing Impaired Students

Sensory Service - Disinfecting Radio Aids Guidance for Schools

Sensory Service - Information and Guidance for Teachers of students with Vision Impairment

Sensory Service - Information and Guidance for Teachers of students with Hearing Impairment

Guidance on Adapting/Enlarging Texts for Students with Vision Impairment

Special Education Resources

ADHD Websites and Interventions

ADHD Websites

  •  - Great selection of social stories and computer games available for download (free)
  •  – wealth of resources and information for students, carers & schools
  • – useful links and information
  • – Parent and teacher downloads and information packs 
  • EA guidance for parents and teachers
  • Primary resources – classroom resources for primary children
  • – comprehensive list of websites and resources for ADHD and comorbid disorders
  • Healthline ADHD resource guide - list of charity websites, online resources, books, support groups and advocacy.
  • Twinkl – lovely selection of colourful visual resources for primary ADHD children (fees may apply).
  • – search option for ADHD articles and resources

Intervention techniques

  • Behavioural intervention techniques in an Academic setting:
    • reducing length of assignments
    • dividing tasks into sub-units (chunking)
    • make tasks more stimulating (bright colours, interesting textures, changing rate/style of presentation
    • modify delivery of instruction based on students individual strengths (auditory/visual/kinaesthetic)
    • computer assisted instructional programmes which provide immediate feedback
    • strategy training – teaching the skills required to meet needs of situation (note-taking, study skills, homework completion, self-reinforcement)
    • Implementing peer tutoring – when one student provides assistance, instruction and feedback to another.  Thereby simultaneously working on academic and social skills
  • Further behavioural approaches:
    • Social skills intervention focus on the development and reinforcement of appropriate social skills such as communication, cooperation, participation, emotional regulation, emotional understanding and empathy and enhanced levels of attention.
    • Friendship group workshops are valuable tools to build the skills required to interact and engage in a positive way.
    • Regular physical activity is a useful treatment for ADHD. Regular exercise improves behaviour and information processing - Education and Behaviour

Early Years

Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults

Transport: Special Schools


DATE: 20 AUGUST 2020

What transport is operating from 24-28th August 2020?

Limited school transport services will run from 24th-28th August based on schools’ normal times (see FAQs for details of what to do if you intend to alter your school times). 

‘Limited’ services means that we’re doing our best to stand up all EA buses, private buses and taxis on these dates. Where a service is operating pupils from any year group attending that week can use the service. 

As per the DE guidance, parents should though be advised that home to school transport should only be used where there is no alternative available and encouraged to use active travel.

What transport is operating from week beginning 31st August 2020?

School transport will not operate on 31st August.  All school transport services will resume as normal from 1st September 2020.

As per the DE guidance, parents should though be advised that home to school transport should only be used where there is no alternative available and encouraged to use active travel.

What can pupils do to protect themselves and others on school transport?

  • Wash their hands regularly.
  • Use the hand sanitizer on the bus or taxi.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes.
  • Wear a face covering if you can.
  • Respect other passengers’ space.
  • Take litter off the bus.
  • DO NOT travel if you are experiencing any symptoms of Covid-19 symptoms or their household has been advised to isolate. If a child is displaying symptoms our EA driver may speak to a parent about making alternative arrangements.

What can special schools do to assist school transport?

Special schools can assist school transport by:

  • Reinforcing the message that pupils MUST NOT travel if they are experiencing symptoms or their household has been advised to isolate.

  • Putting in place arrangements for managing the arrival/departure of pupils and the transfer of children to their classrooms.

  • Allowing EA transport staff access to toilet and handwashing facilities and to dispose of waste from their vehicles. 

  • Supporting transport staff to complete their vehicle cleaning at the end of each day. Your drivers may need to access water and/or store cleaning products.

  • Promoting the message that school transport should only be used where there is no alternative available.

What additional measures is the EA taking?

We are:

  • Ensuring there is proper guidance in place for staff, parents and pupils, and private operators.
  • Providing our staff with appropriate PPE that helps to keep them, and others, as safe as possible.
  • Installing hand sanitizer units and driver screens on EA vehicles.
  • Cleaning our vehicles and common touch points regularly.
  • Displaying signage in EA vehicles with key messages about hygiene.
  • Advising drivers, escorts and operators not to attend work if they are displaying symptoms or have been advised to isolate.

Will there be social distancing on special school transport? 

Social distancing is encouraged, but not required, on school transport for special schools. In order to get as many pupils as possible to school this means vehicles will be running at normal capacity.  

Given the nature of many pupils’ needs it also means that we may need to have direct contact with pupils to provide assistance. Staff have been provided with appropriate PPE for these circumstances.

Do pupils have to wear a mask on school transport?

Face coverings are strongly encouraged on school transport if pupils are able to wear and use them. Our staff will be wearing them.

Face coverings are mandatory for over 13s on public transport.  

However this is not mandatory for children or young people of any age who are unable to wear a face covering due to medical or special educational needs.

Will escorts still travel with pupils?

Escorts will still travel with pupils if it is required. While they will try to give pupils as much distance as possible their role will mean they will be in close contact. To protect them and pupils they will be wearing PPE which could include a mask and face shield. 

How often will vehicles be cleaned?

EA buses and common touch points will be cleaned regularly. If we are notified that we have transported someone with a confirmed case of Covid-19 the vehicle will be taken out of service for 72 hours and will be cleaned again before returning to service. This could result in some disruption to services.

Private Operators have also been issued with guidance on cleaning regimes. 

If a pupil that travels on dedicated school transport tests positive, what happens?

A decision on whether there is a requirement to isolate will be a matter for the PHA’s Contact Tracing programme. Where EA is notified of an incident we will though remove the vehicle from service for 72hours and clean it before it returns to service.

Some pupils have not received confirmation of their transport arrangements for September?

The EA was unable to finalise transport arrangements until guidance on school transport was confirmed as up until that point the requirement for social distancing would have drastically altered our vehicle capacity; which in turn meant we could not confirm loading lists or procure new routes. Once it was confirmed that there was no requirement for social distancing the team has been working hard to finalise route plans and procure any new runs. This has taken place over an extremely condensed timescale which has left less time to notify parents and schools. We are doing our very best to confirm arrangements as quickly as we can and will also explore temporary arrangements if appropriate.

My school wants to change its opening and closing times, will transport be available?

Our school transport network is designed to meet the needs of schools’ normal opening and closing times, however we are becoming aware that some schools wish to change their opening and closing times for varying reasons.  Some of our buses provide pick up and drop offs for children attending multiple schools or continue onto other duties, so it is not possible to amend the schedule for one of the schools on the route. It would also be important that if there is a request to alter service times that we satisfy ourselves that this is possible across all the operators who provide services to your school.

If you wish to alter your hours you should speak to your Transport Officer and we will consider requests on a case-by-case basis. 

What happens if transport doesn’t operate?

There may be occasions when we are not able to put transport in place or some services are unable to operate due to the challenges of Covid-19. We are sorry for the inconvenience. During September 2020, if a child is eligible for transport assistance and transport was not available, we will pay a parental allowance for the days a child attended school and transport was not available. Information on how to claim will be shared online as soon as possible and we will keep this position under review in line with our normal parental payment policy.

Will transport be checking pupils’ temperatures before they board the bus?

Temperature testing is not currently planned for home to school transport and is not included with DE guidance for schools or transport. EA has though issued guidance to drivers/escorts and private operators on what to do if they have concerns than an accompanied or unaccompanied child is displaying symptoms. Please note that where a school identifies that a child attending school is displaying symptoms transport cannot assist with transporting them home.

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Frequently Asked Questions about EDUCATION RESTART

More information for Educational Settings about Education Restart is available by clicking the link below

Last updated: 17/09/2020