This policy has clear links to the school aims and to other policies especially the learning and teaching policy.
Its purpose is to ensure suitable conditions for effective learning and teaching within the school.
It is the responsibility of pupils, parents and staff to deal with each one another in a courteous and considerate manner.
It is the responsibility of all staff to help create and maintain the best climate in which effective learning and teaching can take place.
The provision of relevant and varied course content and appropriate methods is important. Staff should be approachable. Encouragement and praise should be offered. Any sanctions applied should be administered fairly and consistently. Staff should work in partnership with parents and external agencies to support the pupils.
The help and support of parents is a contributory factor to good order in a school. It is the responsibility of all parents to ensure that their children attend school on time and bring with them the necessary equipment. Parents should also be encouraged to support the school dress code and take a positive interest in their child’s education. They should work in partnership with the school in the best interest of their child.
It is the responsibility of all pupils to come to school with the necessary equipment and to be prepared to learn. Pupils should conduct themselves reasonably at all times, showing respect to those around them.
To ensure reasonable consistency, the following code of conduct for pupils has been drawn up. Pupils should be regularly reminded of the code and it should be clearly displayed in classrooms.
- follow instructions at the first time given
- treat others, school property and their work with respect
- arrive on time with the necessary books and equipment
- enter quietly and remain in seats unless asked to move by a teacher
- remove any outer garment of clothing (jackets, tracksuit tops and sweatshirts)
- raise their hands before speaking
Whilst record keeping is of vital importance, the value of communication and discussion between staff and managers should not be forgotten.
The success of all procedures outlined in this policy depends on the goodwill and cooperation of ALL members of staff. The exercise of consistency, discretion and good judgement by staff is of paramount importance in this matter.
In accordance with departmental and whole school policy, the class teacher should set and impose the standards necessary to maintain good discipline. The class teacher should strive to be informed of the pupils in her/his care, to forge good relationships with the pupils and to provide encouragement to them.
Class teachers should arrive promptly for class and should contribute to the control of movement into and out of the classroom, whilst establishing clear and consistent standards of behaviour. It is important that the staff work as a team in their supervision of pupil movement throughout the school, supporting each other.
Unacceptable behaviour may be dealt with in the following ways:
(Teachers should use their professional judgment when deciding which action is most appropriate for any given behaviour. NB These are not stages in the disciplinary process, simply suggestions of sanctions and strategies available.)
- issuing a verbal warning
- moving pupil to another seat
- writing a note to parents in the student planner
- moving pupil to another classroom
- issuing a stage 1 punishment exercise
- issuing a stage 2 punishment exercise
- referral to the Head of Department
- referral to guidance
Two stages of punishment exercise are available –
A stage 2 exercise should be issued by the class teacher if the stage 1 exercise is not returned or the pupil’s offence merits a greater punishment. However staff should be aware of the learning difficulties experienced by some children and ensure that the pupil is able to complete the task issued.
Punishment exercises should be issued for return by the pupil to the class teacher on a date decided by the teacher.
Should a pupil forget/fail to return a completed and signed exercise, he/she should be issued with a stage 2 or duplicate stage 1 or referred to the Head of Department. NB Pupils should not be asked to complete a stage 1 as well as a stage 2.
The class teacher should discuss with and refer to the Head of Department any pupil regularly disrupting the work of the class.
The class teacher should alert Pastoral Care staff by means of a ‘Cause for Concern/Praise’ referral.
When a serious incident occurs or a series of offences has been noted, it may be necessary to make an electronic referral to the Head of Department.
Class teachers should discuss all referrals with their Head of Department. Heads of Department should note their action and indicate whether or not discussion with Pastoral Care staff or Senior Management is required.
Heads of department have a clear responsibility for the maintenance of discipline and good order in their departments. They have a responsibility to ensure that the curriculum on offer is stimulating and appropriate to the needs and abilities of the pupils. They should ensure that departmental staff have adequate resources. They should ensure that departmental staff participate in staff development and, particularly where appropriate, in the area of behaviour management.
They must provide support for departmental staff by:
- pursuing a departmental approach to the shared responsibility for promoting positive behaviour
- arranging support for pupils experiencing problems
- setting clear lines of referral
- ensuring that pastoral care staff are informed at an early stage when it becomes clear that a pupil is exhibiting a pattern of persistent misbehaviour
- maintaining departmental records of disciplinary incidents including details of classroom sanctions used
- forwarding all completed punishment exercises to pastoral care staff
Heads of Department may deal with pupils in the following ways:
- Department Pupil Monitoring Sheet
- Removal to Class of Head of Department
- Removal to another class in the department
- Letter to parents
- Planner entry
When a class teacher issues a referral, she/he should discuss this with the Head of Department. The Head of Department should note the action taken at departmental level and pass the referral to the relevant Principal Teacher of Guidance or Year Head information and discussion/ further action.
Senior staff should have a high profile and positive role in disciplinary matters. Where possible, SMT members should be out and about the school at the changeover of periods and breaks. They should set an example by the manner in which they deal with situations.
Senior staff will draw up a timetable for ‘on-call’. This system of ‘on-call’ is to ensure that someone is on hand to deal with disciplinary emergencies. To access this additional support staff can contact the school office.
Serious breaches of discipline or repeated minor offences over a period of time will involve the issue of a referral.
Sanctions available to the Senior Staff:
- Withdrawal of privileges
- change of class/timetable
- detentions at intervals and lunchtimes and after school
- communications with parents
- class suspensions
- referral to EST
- Support base – see Appendix 5
- exclusions from school
Senior staff should, where possible, provide information timeously on referrals received for action and be open to enquiries from staff for information
Pastoral Care staff have a non-punitive role in the disciplinary procedure. They have an active role in familiarising themselves with their pupils and consulting with departments, thus enabling them to react at an early stage to approaches from staff. They should endeavour to work with all parties to address the reasons for inappropriate behaviour at the earliest stage.
On receiving a referral, pastoral care staff should note the entry and may:
- interview and counsel the pupil
- communicate with parents
- issue a period by period report
- refer pupil to appropriate year head
- refer the pupil to the EST