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This policy is called:

Behaviour Policy (Years 7 – 11)

It applies to:

Lordswood Girls’ School only

Person responsible for its revision:

AHT (Student learning)

Status:

Statutory

Website?

On public website

Approval by:

Approval for this policy is by the Headteacher

Review  frequency:

Every two years

Date of approval:

Nov 14 by Executive Headteacher and SLT

Date of next approval:

Nov 16

LORDSWOOD GIRLS’ SCHOOL

BEHAVIOUR POLICY (Years 7 – 11)

INTRODUCTION

A high standard of behaviour is an essential strand of an effective and high achieving school and this needs to be supported by high quality teaching, high expectations, positive relationships and a set of values which is clearly understood and shared by all stakeholders. Section 89 (1) (a-e) of the Education and Inspections Act 2006, the Education Act 2011 and the Equality Act 2010 provide the legal basis for this policy. This policy sets out the guidelines for managing behaviour and the use of rewards and sanctions.

Teachers have statutory authority to discipline students for misbehaviour and the power to discipline also applies to all paid staff with responsibility for students. Teachers’ powers to discipline include the power to discipline students even when they are not at school or in the charge of a member of staff

 

Heads and governing bodies must ensure they have a strong behaviour policy to support staff in managing behaviour, including the use of rewards and sanctions.

Governing bodies have a duty under section 175 of the Education Act 2002 requiring them to make arrangements to ensure that their functions are carried out with a view to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.

The school recognises that the following are key aspects of effective behaviour management:

The school also recognises its legal duties under the Equality Act 2010, in respect of safeguarding and in respect of students with special educational needs (SEN).

IMPLEMENTATION

The school’s home-school agreement outlines the standard of behaviour expected of all students and parents are required to sign this agreement prior to their child’s admission to the school.

  1. Roles & responsibilities

Teachers

Lead Professionals

have responsibility

Intervention & Behaviour Support Manager

has responsibility

Academy Director of Intervention and Inclusion (SEN, TAs and CP)

has responsibility

Assistant Headteacher (Student Learning)

has responsibility

Headteacher

has responsibility

  1. Sanctions

To be lawful, any sanction, including detentions, must satisfy the following three conditions:

1) The decision to punish a student must be made by a paid member of school staff or a member of staff authorised by the head teacher;

2) The decision to punish the student and the punishment itself must be made on the school premises or while the student is under the charge of the member of staff; and

3) It must not breach any other legislation, e.g. in respect of disability, special educational needs, race and other equalities and human rights, and it must be reasonable in all the circumstances.

The sanction must be proportionate. In determining whether a punishment is reasonable, section 91 of the Education and Inspections Act 2006 says the penalty must be reasonable in all the circumstances and that account must be taken of the student’s age, any special educational needs or disability they may have, and any religious requirements affecting them.

In accordance with Section 89(5) of the Education and Inspections Act 2, students can be disciplined for any misbehaviour when they are:

Students can be disciplined for misbehaviour at any time that:

Details of behaviour guidelines can be found at Appendix 2.

Detentions

Withdrawal of privileges and detentions are the main sanctions given by the School for poor behaviour.  Teachers have a legal power to put students in detention. The times outside normal school hours when detention can be given (the ‘permitted day of detention’) include:

 

As with any sanction, staff must act reasonably, when imposing a detention. Although detentions can be imposed without notice, when after-school detentions are given to students, parents will be informed via a sticker in their daughter’s homework diary.  Parental consent is not required for detentions. A student may be kept behind by staff, without prior notice to parents, for fifteen minutes at the end of the school day.  

Students whose attendance is below 90% will only be allowed in exceptional circumstances to take part in residential extracurricular trips or reward events.

Behavioural Report

Where there is continued poor behaviour in school, early intervention is considered vital.  The parents of any student accruing five or more alert slips before February half term or seven alert slips from February half term onwards are contacted by the Intervention and Behaviour Support Manager (IBSM), and the student is automatically placed on the School’s Behaviour Register.  The IBSM will work with the student on an individual basis to identify underlying causes of poor behaviour and monitor future behaviour via the School’s ‘on report’ system.  Initially students will be on report (orange) for a period of four weeks.  Whilst on report, teachers comment on the student’s work and behaviour in every lesson and parents are required to support the School by signing the report and discussing comments with their daughter on a daily basis.  Any student repeatedly failing to bring in the report sheet the following day may be sent home to collect it or will work outside lessons. At the end of the four week ‘on report’ period, parents are contacted again by the IBSM and students are taken off report if progress has been both satisfactory and sustained.  If the student’s behaviour is still unacceptable, students are placed on grey report for a further four weeks.  During this period a further range of sanctions will be used including withdrawal from lessons.  An additional two weeks on report (grey) will be necessary for a very small number of students only.  At the end of this extended period further sanctions will be applied such as reporting to senior staff, a period of internal exclusion, fixed term exclusion, referral to a student referral unit and a review of the student’s curriculum if this is felt to be appropriate.   Any students who have been in internal exclusion or fixed term excluded are placed on report for four weeks to support their reintegration.

Internal Exclusion

The school operates a policy of internal exclusion for serious incidents. The Headteacher makes the final decision on whether a student should be placed in internal exclusion, although the investigation may be delegated to another member of staff.

If a student has been involved in a serious incident at school that breaches the school behaviour policy, which incorporates the code of behaviour, the Headteacher may decide to place the student in internal exclusion.  This means that for the period of internal exclusion the student attends school outside of the regular school hours to avoid contact with her peers and is supervised by the school’s Intervention and Behaviour Support Manager in SA5.

Please refer to Appendix 1 for guidelines on internal exclusion.

Exclusion

The Headteacher may take the decision to exclude a student having regard to the Department for Education guidelines on exclusions.  Incidents of serious physical assault will automatically result in a fixed term exclusion.  This applies to both students if physical contact has been made. Exclusions may be fixed term or permanent and are overseen by the local governing body for Lordswood Girls’ School.  Exclusions are the ultimate sanction and are always imposed as a last resort. Bringing a ‘prohibited item’ (see list below) into school may lead to a permanent exclusion.

  1. Confiscation of inappropriate items

There are two sets of legal provisions which enable school staff to confiscate items from students:

1) The general power to discipline enables a member of staff to confiscate, retain or dispose of a student’s property as a punishment and protects them from liability for damage to, or loss of, any confiscated items.

2) Power to search without consent for “prohibited items” including:

Power to use reasonable force

  1. Additional strategies and support

Intervention / Support Strategies

This support is offered in school by Ms Doran, a trained counsellor.  She will work with individual students, groups of students and parents on issues from eating disorders to bereavement.  She is in school on Wednesdays each week and operates both an appointment and drop-in system.

Big Community

The school is able to refer students to a well-being practitioner who is able to offer support students with emotional health concerns.  This support is currently being provided by Janet Litchmore who attends school two days a week.  Students are offered a series of counselling sessions and parents are invited to attend a meeting with Janet before counselling begins.

Mentoring

Individual students are offered 1:1 support by our Behaviour Mentor of students are trained to mediate in issues with their peers.  They are supported by older students and staff.

Circle of Friends

An identified group of students meet together on a regular basis for about half a term to

share difficulties, concerns and problem-solving strategies. The process is evaluated by the students themselves and it has been found to be valuable in helping students to find their own solutions to behavioural difficulties and develop friendships.

Additional Learning Support

It is often the case that a behavioural difficulty is the result of a learning difficulty. It is sometimes possible to offer students additional support with their learning and the acquisition of basic skills.

Police

The School has an assigned Schools Liaison Officer who works with the IBSM and Achievement Co-ordinators. He is able to attend PSHE and Citizenship days and support assemblies on issues such as bullying and street crime.  He is also available to meet with parents as appropriate.  

Behaviour Support Service (BSS)

We currently buy into this service on an annual basis as needed. The service provides us with access to 1:1 mentoring for students with behavioural problems. The service is based at the Oakdale Centre in Selly Oak.  

Sharing Panel

Some students benefit from being given the opportunity of a fresh start in a different school.  The school is able to make referrals to the Edge sharing panel, which meets at least every half term, in order to support those students for whom a ‘fresh start’ is the appropriate next course of action or as a supportive measure to prevent permanent exclusion.  Parental consent is always sought and agreed prior to making the referral and the decision of the panel is final.

MONITORING AND EVALUATION

LINKS TO OTHER POLICIES  


APPENDIX 1

Internal Exclusion

The list below is not exhaustive.  Continuing poor behaviour may increase the severity of the sanction.

Days

Days

*Abuse of Social Media towards staff/student(s)

1-3

Lunchtime- Inappropriate/Continuous  Poor Behaviour

Lunchtime Privileges withdrawn

1

1 week

3

*Alcohol Misuse /Causing Public Nuisance And Damage To Property

        2-3

*Persistent Disruption to Teaching and Learning

1

1

*Bullying/Harassment towards both Student and Staff

1-3

*Misuse of mobile phone(inappropriate images taken)

1-3

Continuous Breach of Uniform Policy – Internal exclusion until solution if necessary

1

Persistent Failure To Complete Coursework – following referral from Lead Profession

1

Cigarettes/E-Cigarettes in School/School grounds or smoking on school business.

1

Plagiarism/Cheating

(Work re-submitted)

1

*Dangerous Behaviour  - Lunchtime and outside of school

1-3

Poor Report/repeated failure to bring in report after verbal agreement

1

*Defiance towards Staff & Disruptive Behaviour/Continuous Defiance /Persistent Refusal

1-3

*Rudeness Towards Staff/Verbal abuse towards Staff/Threatening Behaviour towards Staff/Students

1-3

Forging Note

1

*Sexually Inappropriate Behaviour Towards Others

1-3

Fraudulent Use Of Dinner Card

1

Theft/Shoplifting & Police Involvement

1

Graffiti/Defacing School Property/Vandalism

1-3

Truancy 1st Offence/ Truancy 2nd Offence + 5 x 1hr Detention after school

1-2

Inappropriate  and Continuous Poor Behaviour In Internal exclusion

1

Persistent  Truancy

In Inset Day

*Inappropriate Physical Contact/ Physical Assault

1

2-3

*Use of Derogative

/Prejudice/Homophobic Language

1-3

*Inappropriate or Anti-Social Behaviour  outside of school

1-3

Repeated incidents of swearing

1

*Inciting Violence

1

*Infringement of ICT regulation

1-2

*Intimidating/Threatening  Behaviour Towards Another Student

1

In addition, students may be placed in internal exclusion to enable a thorough investigation to be carried out.  This is not recorded on their file and is a supportive measure rather than a punitive one.

*Intimidating /Threatening Behaviour involving Physical Assault

2 -3

*Serious Incidents could lead to Exclusion

APPENDIX 2

Behaviour Guidelines

Please note that the following does not constitute an exhaustive / prescriptive list and the school reserves the right to vary the sanction under certain circumstances having regard to statutory guidance.

Incident

Who should deal with it?

Level of sanction/response?

Who should it be referred to?

No homework

Subject teacher

Record in planner on first time.  Subsequent occasions alerts slip and detention.

Lead Professional

Talking in lesson

Subject teacher

Verbal warning

Persistent talking in lesson

Subject teacher

Alert slip and detention

Lead Professional

Challenging a member of staff/Confrontational behaviour

Subject teacher to refer to Behaviour Manager

Remove from lesson.  Alert slip and appropriate sanction that may include internal exclusion.

Leadership Team

Inappropriate attitude towards a member of staff

Member of staff to refer to Behaviour Manager

Remove from situation.  Alert slip and appropriate sanction that may include internal exclusion.

Lead Professional/

Leadership Team

Inappropriate behaviour towards other students

Member of staff to refer to Behaviour Manager

Alert slip and appropriate sanction that may include internal exclusion.

Lead Professional /Leadership Team

Uniform / Make-up  

All staff

Record kept at reception.  5 recordings = uniform report.  Extreme breaches of uniform policy including unnatural hair colour and piercings will result in students being sent home to rectify the issue or being placed in internal exclusion until the problem is addressed.

Intervention & Behaviour Support Manager

Jewellery

All staff

Log in uniform book Confiscation

Intervention & Behaviour Support Manager

Mobile phones

All staff

Mobile phone (with SIM card ) is confiscated for a period of 10 school days on the first occasion.  Subsequent confiscations are for a period of 6 weeks.  Phones must be collected by a parent/guardian.  If the date that the confiscated property is due to be returned falls in the school holidays it must be collected on the next available school day unless arrangements can be made for collection in the holidays.

Intervention & Behaviour Support Manager

Theft

Member of staff to refer to Behaviour Manager

Internal Exclusion.  Meeting with parents and police liaison officer.

Leadership Team

Bullying

Member of staff to refer to Behaviour Manager

Alert slip and appropriate sanction that may include internal exclusion. Contact with parents.

Leadership Team

Poor standard of class work

Subject teacher

Work returned and resubmitted.

Alert slip and detention at discretion of the teacher.

Lead Professional

No PE kit

Subject teacher

Warning on first instance.  Thereafter alert slip and detention.

Lead Professional

Forgetting equipment for lessons

Subject teacher

Warning on first instance.  Thereafter alert slip and detention.

Lead Professional

Poor standard of homework

Subject teacher

Alert slip and detention to redo work.

Lead Professional

Missed detentions

Behaviour Manager

Alert slip and additional detention set. Students collected from period 5.

Lead Professional

IBSM

Late to lessons

Subject teacher

Lateness logged.  Time made up at lunchtime/end of day.

.

Lead Professional

Late to school

Attendance Officer

Lunchtime detention on same day.

Logged by attendance officer Manager ; Achievement Co-ordinator notified of persistent lateness

Vandalism

Leadership Team

Alert slip and appropriate sanction that may include internal exclusion.  Parents to pay costs and possible police involvement.

Physical abuse towards others

Leadership Team

Alert slip and appropriate sanction that may include internal exclusion.  Meeting with parents and possible police involvement.

Plagiarism of coursework

Lead professional

Alert slip and letter to parents.  Work redone in internal exclusion (1 day).

Examination Officer /Achievement Coordinator

Breach of examination rules

Examination Officer/ Achievement Coordinator

Letter home or meeting with parents.

Leadership Team

Swearing

Subject teacher

Alert slip and immediate referral to the Intervention and Behaviour Support Manager

Intervention and Behaviour Support Manager

Additional guidelines:  

Comments

Start and end of lessons

Formal start to lesson where students are quiet and ready to engage and students may stand behind seats where appropriate. At end, tidy room, standing behind chairs in silence, orderly dismissal with member of staff in the doorway.  Bags in rack or under tables, equipment placed on desk.

Accompanying students down to the hall

Students walk in single file and in silence.  Member of staff to walk alongside and sit with students and supervise student behaviour.