Castlefort Junior Mixed and Infant School

Inspiring Bright Futures Together

Behaviour Strategy

Good to be Green Scheme


The ‘Good to be Green’ scheme is an effective way of promoting positive behaviour, rewarding those pupils who consistently behave appropriately. It also provides a means of being able to track those pupils who find it harder to meet the school’s expected behaviour code.


The scheme is very visual, with child friendly resources which allow our pupils to easily see how they are doing in class. We believe that it is important to promote a positive message regarding behaviour management at all times - ‘Good to be Green’ is a means of promoting our high expectations of positive behaviour. If a child has had a bad day, they can start afresh the following day.


Every child starts their day on a positive note with a green card displayed in their pocket of the class chart. The card says- ‘It’s Good to be Green!’ and the children soon learn to associate being on ‘green’ with a feeling of having done the right thing.


Below is an outline of how the programme will work with pupils in our school…    

1.  Every pupil starts the day on ‘Good to be Green’.

2.  A pupil will be given an initial, verbal warning for low-level, unacceptable behaviour.

3.  If the behaviour continues, then a yellow ‘Warning Card’ will be placed in the pupil’s pocket on the chart (in front of their green card). A ‘Warning Card’ means the pupil loses 15 minutes of break or lunch time (the same day or next day if the poor behaviour was shown during the afternoon, after lunchtime).

4.  Pupils can get back to ‘green’ by the end of the school day if, by 2.30pm, they reverse the poor behaviour and impress their teacher.

5.  If the ‘yellow’ behaviour continues and the pupil does not improve, they could receive a red ‘Consequence Card’ leading to 30 minutes loss of break or lunch time and loss of ‘Golden Time’ at the end of the week.

6.  Red ‘Consequence Cards’ will also be issued for more serious behaviours and lead to a 30 minute loss of break or lunchtime. Parents/carers will always be informed when a red card has been issued to their child.

7.  All pupils who finish the school day on ‘green’ throughout the week (Monday to Friday) will enjoy a ‘Golden Time’ session on Friday afternoon and receive a ‘Good to be Green’ sticker!

8.  Pupils who have ended any day on a yellow ‘Warning Card’ or a red ‘Consequence Card’ will lose their ‘Golden Time’ at the end of the week.

9.  Teachers will also look out for pupils who ‘shine’ and demonstrate exemplary behaviour each day. These pupils will be given a special ‘Good to be Green’ raffle ticket and entered into a class prize draw at the end of the week!

10.  At the end of each half-term, there will be a celebration event for pupils who have ended each day on a ‘Good to be Green’ card. 

11.  The celebration event can also be enjoyed by pupils who have received up to 5 yellow ‘Warning Cards’ across the half-term. We hope that this will encourage pupils to improve ‘low level’ behaviours and not ‘give up’!

12.  Pupils who have received a red ‘Consequence Card’ at any point in the half-term will not be allowed to take part in the celebration event.

13. Pupils who are identified as having a 'behavioural need' can access a visual spinner, which reminds pupils of the stages of the scheme and allows slightly more time to reflect on their behaviour. 


It is worth noting that the children in our EYFS setting do have an adapted set of 'age appropriate' rules and consequences. 


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Striving For Success Scheme


This year, we will be trialling a new behaviour system that will be in place for a select number of pupils. These pupils have been chosen specifically by the senior leadership team because the children have either shown significant difficulty with the ‘Good to be Green’ scheme or because the pupils themselves may find regulating their emotions extremely challenging. Of course, we would not enrol your child into the new scheme without having the consent of both yourself and your child.


What would the new scheme look like for my child?

At the start of each half term, your child would not automatically assume the right to the whole school end of term behaviour reward with the possibility of it being cancelled because of one red card behaviour. Instead, your child would be required to earn the right to the whole school event by following the school rules and collecting enough marbles to fill a personalised glass jar. Marbles will be awarded for good behaviour. Marbles would not be taken out of the jar once earned. Your child would no longer receive yellow and red cards from the staff but they would continue to receive ‘stop and think’ warning cards, if necessary. 


So what happens if my child makes a poor choice?

If your child were to demonstrate yellow card behaviours, they would not receive a yellow card but they would be asked to spend up to 15 minutes in ‘time out’ either during or after the lesson. This may be in an area of their own class, in the corridor or in another classroom dependent upon the age and seriousness of the act. 


If your child were to demonstrate a ‘red card’ behaviour, they would be expected to miss up to 30 minutes of their own time and talk to a member of the senior leadership team about their behaviour. However, they would not be asked to change a card to red and they would still be able to receive the end of half term treat, providing they have filled their jar with marbles by being good for the majority of the time.


What are the benefits to the alternative scheme?

For a select number of pupils, the rules of Good to be Green can result in children becoming overwhelmed when their behaviour falls short of what is expected under the school's behaviour rules. As a result of one incident, some children can find it extremely difficult to cope with the consequences and find it difficult to understand why they may be punished for something which happened days or weeks previous to the end of term treat. This can lead to them becoming demotivated and prevents them from learning in other areas of the curriculum. For these children, 'Striving for Success' helps pupils maintain good behaviour traits for longer and maximises their learning in the classroom. They are still given consequences for their actions but they are provided with time out and more emotional support from their teachers.