We believe that to treat children positively, by praising them and offering encouragement for the things they do well, is the most successful approach in the long run.

This does not mean that bad behaviour is ignored, simply that the positive aspects of children's behaviour should be highlighted whenever possible.

It is discouraging and disheartening to be told constantly that we are doing something wrong or badly, and we all like to be praised and encouraged for the things we do well. For children this might mean being praised for working hard, being polite or showing consideration towards others. In fact, any situation in which they have made an effort or a significant achievement.

Spoken praise is a very powerful reward that should be used whenever possible and whenever appropriate. But there are other ways to show children that their efforts and endeavours are valued. These might include stickers, certificates or team points - but whatever the reward, the aim will be to acknowledge children's achievement and excellence in a way that others will be able to share.

In the majority of cases, children decide how they will behave and therefore to choose correctly they must know the rules and their role in helping to promote positive relationships, so that we can work together with the common purpose of helping everyone to learn and reach their potential.