“Research shows that children learn best when they are happy, feel respected and valued… All RE Learn & Develop staff will model good relationships in line with the school mission, will actively promote a positive learning environment and will avoid negatively stereotyping children…” - RE Learn & Develop Policy on Promoting Good Relationships
In order to achieve this a consistent approach is essential.
All RE Learn & Develop staff are expected to:
Positive Authority and Engagement
It is essential to have patience and compassion in any classroom setting, even more so in this case while facing a national crisis/ pandemic. Your positive relationship with your students will be the foundation to ensure effective and ongoing learning. It is vital we keep things positive and engaging. We all learn best when we are having fun in a safe and supporting environment so laugh, tell a joke, offer interesting and informative knowledge and opportunities to develop new skills as well as practise to consolidate them.
Rewarding and celebrating students
Please remember to reward students’ participation and work. Tribal stars should continue to be given on a daily basis.
Please share outstanding work and contribution with HODs so they can celebrate this in the morning hangout.
Keeping students accountable
Absence from lessons
Normal report from parents to the School office is expected if a student is ill and cannot attend lessons by 7.30 am.
Attendance for the day will continue to be marked if students attend all scheduled hangout sessions of the day.
If a student has connectivity problems during the day, they must send an email immediately to the teacher and HOD to explain and continue with their set tasks.
Rewards and Sanctions
We will continue to use our “Tribal Stars” and “warning System”, albeit with some differences. This will allow us an opportunity to support students and communicate with them and their parents for celebration purposes as well as to warn when they are not meeting learning and behaviour expectations.
Key points during online learning:
Warning and alerts:
Note: G6 does not receive warning in Cal 1. Contact the Head of Year directly.
Pending work - This warning will be issued to students who have not completed their weekly assignments. Please keep in mind that deadlines need to be lenient and allow a reminder to give them the opportunity to submit it as soon as possible after the deadline. It is vital we remember students may have internet problems or due to the stressful reality, they simply need more time.
Behaviour - This warning will be issued for students who are misbehaving on the hangouts, not using the chat properly or behaving in a way which is clearly disrespectful or meant to disrupt the teaching and learning taking place. Please allow warnings and try to manage their behaviour in the lesson, however, if you feel a student has been very inappropriate, issue this warning for the lesson.
Academic misconduct - This warning will be issued for students who are suspected of academic malpractice including plagiarism and cheating. It applies to all work, not only assessments. Teachers should investigate the issue with their Head of Department and in all cases where academic malpractice is suspected, they MUST issue this warning on iSAMS. This will trigger a process in which the Assistant Head for Curriculum will contact the student and parents according to the Academic Honesty policy.
HOD Alert - This is for occasions when a student displays any behaviour that appears to call the teachers attention but does not represent a real threat.
Monitoring of warning and communication home:
Heads of year will monitor the warning. The following is a recommendation and depends on student circumstances:
Protocol for in-class behaviour problems during distance learning
Note: Class teachers should not email parents directly, unless they have checked in advance with the Head of Year and Head of Department.
EMAIL PROFORMA (HODs only)
NAME of Student has accumulated ____ warning this week. Please see the record of these on iSAMS.
I understand online learning is challenging and the situation we are facing together is difficult, but we want to ensure your child is not left behind and makes the most of the learning opportunities available.
We ask that you talk with your child and remind them of our behaviour and learning expectations and we hope this is not repeated.
Actions and sanctions
In response to low level poor behaviour such as talking in lessons’, homework issues or lateness to lessons; actions should aim to change patterns of behaviour before sanctions are applied. A large number of students receiving repeated sanctions is evidence of a policy that is not working.
The purpose is to change learning behaviour by recognising areas students need to change and supporting them to do so. It is NOT intended to be punitive in the early stages and ‘warning’ should not be used or spoken of as if they were a punishment. They are an indication to the tutor and HOD that the student needs support with minor organisational difficulties or low level disruption.
REMEMBER A warning IS NOT A SANCTION BUT REPEATED warning COULD LEAD TO SANCTIONS IF THE BEHAVIOUR CAUSING CONCERN DOES NOT CHANGE!
The actions described in this policy only apply to students in term 2 of Grade 6 onwards. During term 1 of Grade 6 students and parents must be supported to adapt to the different expectations of secondary school.
What follows is a guide to teachers to improve the learning behaviour of RE Learn & Develop students. Before applying sanctions teachers should consider the age and Grade of the student and their individual needs. Teachers are expected to use their professional judgement to ensure their decided course of action will have an impact on future learning.
Classroom Level Incidents
A = Warning from class teacher that allows the student time to correct their behaviour, see the Reflection Arrow in all classrooms
B = warning
No Homework (One warning per subject per CAL) N.B. 1. warning does not replace teacher action ensuring HW is completed. 2. A warning must be recorded on ISAMS the day of the incident or it cannot be awarded at all.
Incorrect equipment (One warning per subject per CAL)
Failing to meet behaviour expectations
Eating in class/chewing gum
Intentional disrespect towards a teacher or fellow student(s)
Use of bad/offensive language
Inappropriate use of ICT (Students not following lesson tasks. e.g. Games/ Checking emails)
Missing an internal department detention
Lateness to Lessons and Inappropriate Uniform
Late to lesson (as defined by arriving significantly later than the majority of the class). Staff must take ISAMS lesson registration at the beginning of each lesson
HOD monitors lateness. WS rubric for Cal.
Inappropriate Uniform. All teachers are expected to address irregularities throughout the day. This must be done by tutors at 7.00 a.m.
Add a UNIFORM warning on iSAMS (tutors only at 7.00 a.m.) WS rubric for Cal
Reflection process to be completed in response to three warning
Self-monitoring process to be completed in response to six warnings.
Student Self-Monitoring Form
Administration level incidents could include
C= Referral to tutor - discussion with students regarding behaviour (contact home by tutor)
D= Friday Detention . Self- Monitoring process begun and Tutor informs home (copying in HOD)/ HoD contacted as appropriate (if more than one incident occurs in same subject)
E= Second Friday Detention, Referral to HOD
F= Third Friday Detention- Referral to PC
G= Saturday detention- Referral to HOS
H = In School exclusion - Given by HoS ONLY
I = Out of School exclusion (maximum of 2 days with Director involvement)
J =Behaviour Contract with parents
3 warnings across any subjects-
Reflection form completed at #3
Self-monitoring process initiates at #6
Clear inappropriate or unkind behaviour towards others
Aggressive behaviour towards another student or staff member- verbal or physical
Defiance to member of staff, putting others at risk
Cheating in a test (plagiarism refer to Academic honesty policy)
Lying to a member of staff
Missing class without permission
Violating the ICT Acceptable Use Policy
Unkind or bullying behaviour in person or online (Consult Anti-bullying policy)
Tampering with safety equipment
If you would like to contact us to understand more about this Policy or wish to contact us concerning any matter relating to this policy, you may send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or contact us using our website communication forum.
Created: 13 January 2020
Updated: 3 February 2021
Review Date: June 2024