Heathlands creates an ethos where effective learning can take place. Pupils are encouraged to accept and recognise responsibility for their own actions and the consequences of their decisions. Successive Ofsted inspections have described the behaviour of pupils at Heathands as “exemplary” and “very good”.
In order to maintain this high standard we recognise the importance of working in partnership with parents and encouraging their full co-operation and support. We place great emphasis on positive reinforcement of good behaviour through encouragement and praise in order to value, reinforce and reward good or improved behaviour, achievement and effort in learning. Heathlands follows the Hertfordshire Steps Approach to positive behaviour management and all staff receive annual training. Hertfordshire Steps is a therapeutic approach to positive behaviour management which emphasises the importance of consistency and teaching internal, rather than relying on external, discipline. It focuses on care and control, and uses techniques to de-escalate a situation before a crisis occurs.