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Behaviour Policy

OUR CLASSROOM AND CORRIDOR CODES

HELPING TEACHERS TEACH, HELPING LEARNERS LEARN.

It is our expectation that all Hugh Christie students behave well at all times and aspire to outstanding behaviour, and the vast majority do. When students do not behave, this policy describes the support and sanctions that will be consistently applied by all staff to ensure that teaching and learning are never adversely affected and that the college remains a safe environment in which to succeed.

Classroom Code

We like…

1) Doing as you are asked the first time.

2) Listening politely to staff and students.

3) Being polite and considerate.

4) Putting hands up and supporting learners.

5) Using equipment sensibly and safely.

We dislike…

1) Not following instructions.

2) Talking over others.

3) Being rude and using offensive language.

4) Calling out and disrupting learning.

5) Misusing and disrespecting equipment.

Corridor Code

We like…

1) Doing as you are asked the first time.

2) Talking quietly and politely.

3) Eating and drinking in dining areas.

4) Respecting the environment.

5) Walking on the left, being safe and respecting personal space.

We dislike…

            1) Instructions being ignored.

2) Shouting, screaming or rudeness.

3) Eating and drinking in the wrong places.

4) Litter or damage to the environment

5) Running, pushing, or inappropriate physical contact.

REWARDS

Students are rewarded by staff through the issuing of GREEN FLAGS. Parents are able to view these through the Parent Portal on a daily basis. Students can collect green flags and claim prizes from the Rewards Shop.

Every even numbered term, the achievement of students is celebrated during our Rewards Assembly. Certificates are given to students who have made exceptional progress or have made a significant contribution to the school or wider community. Students who role model good behaviour may be invited to be part of the Student Leadership Team.

Students are able to save their rewards and cash them in for larger rewards e.g. trips & restaurant tokens.

THE CLASSROOM CODE

  • All students start on a ‘GREEN’ status at the beginning of each lesson.

For issues relating to disruptive behaviour:

  • A student will be given an ‘AMBER’ warning if the student:
    • fails to produce an appropriate standard of work;
    • is disrupting the ability of others to learn;
    • is preventing the teacher from teaching effectively;
    • If the student responds to the ‘AMBER’ warning in a positive manner and rectifies the problem, they can return to a ‘GREEN’ status
    • Whilst on an ‘AMBER’ warning, if the student fails to rectify the problem, the student will be given a ‘RED’ warning and a full school detention.
    • If this behaviour still continues, the student will be removed from the classroom and sent to the on-call member of staff who will either place the student in another classroom or the Silent Supervised Study room.

For issues relating to work ethic

  • A student will be given an ‘AMBER’ warning if:
  • The student fails to engage with the lesson (i.e. completes no work) even after support and intervention is offered.
  • If the student responds to the ‘AMBER’ warning in a positive manner and rectifies the problem, they can return to a ‘GREEN’ status.
  • Whilst on an ‘AMBER’ warning, if the student fails to rectify the problem and continues not to engage with learning, even after support and intervention, the student will be given a ‘RED’ warning and an after school Supported Study Session. This will last for a minimum of 30 minutes or as long as it takes to complete the classroom work that was missed.
  • If the student refuses to attend the Supported Study Session, they will be issued with a full after school detention.

Note:       Students may also be given a school detention for a single serious incident, without issuing a warning. The issuing of this detention is solely at the discretion of the member of staff.

SANCTIONS

Sanctions are issued by staff when students break our classroom or corridor codes. Unless the poor behaviour is serious or dangerous, staff will always warn students that they will receive a sanction first, giving them the opportunity to choose to behave appropriately.

RED FLAGS are issued by staff to students for poor behaviour. Parents are able to view these through the Parent Portal on a daily basis.

BREAK AND LUNCHTIME DETENTIONS

Short detentions can be given during break and lunchtime. These are set at the discretion of the classroom teacher or Student Support team.

Break and lunchtime detentions are also used as a sanction for lateness to school.

SCHOOL DETENTIONS

Detentions are lawful and compulsory if:

  1. Students and parents have been informed that the school uses detentions as a sanction (this Policy fulfils this requirement);
  2. The school gives parents advance notice of detentions (legally this does not need to be 24 hours notice, but as a rule, the school if possible, will seek to give parents at least 24 hours of notice. This can be in the form of an email, telephone conversation, voicemail message or text message to the primary contact number).

Only in exceptional circumstances can a parent request their child be given an alternative sanction. The school must be aware of this in advance (e.g. they are a carer for a relative).  Parents cannot request for their children not to do detentions at Hugh Christie.

School detentions take place after school on Monday to Thursday, with main school detentions on Tuesday and Thursday. It is the parent’s responsibility to make arrangements for their child to get home.

The student will be informed in writing of the detention. This will take the form of a detention note. In addition, the teacher setting the detention will telephone the parent, prior to the detention date, to speak to them in person or leave a message to inform them a detention has been set.

School detentions will mainly take place in Room 3G7 but alternative venues may be needed and will last from 2:50pm and 4:50pm. Each detention will last for 1 hour. A student can therefore serve two detentions in one afternoon if necessary.  Students may be expected to watch a presentation about improving their behaviour as part of the detention.

The behavioural expectations when attending a detention are as follows and must be observed at all times:

  • Students must attend on time
  • Students must sit up and stay awake
  • Students must watch the screen if a presentation is being shown
  • Students must not talk or communicate with anyone else
  • Students must not fidget or play with anything

Failure to comply with the above detention expectations will result in the student being asked to leave the detention and the next level of detention sanction will be applied as below.

Failure to attend a school detention, or not comply with the detention expectations, is a serious offence that may result in a student being placed on a behaviour stage or moved to the next behaviour stage.

In addition to the student moving onto or up a behavioural stage, the following sanctions will be applied, if a school detention is missed or expectations are not complied with:

  1. A two hour ‘detention plus’ will be issued. This will be served at the next available opportunity and last from 2:50pm to 4:50pm.
  2. If a ‘Detention Plus’ is missed, a ‘Silent Supervised Study Plus’ will be issued. The student will be placed in silent supervised study for the whole day and remain there until 3:50pm (an additional 1 hour after the main school finishes).
  3. Failure to attend a ‘Silent Supervised Study Pus’ will result in a formal fixed term exclusion being issued. This is a serious sanction with long term consequences.

Other detention sanctions

In addition to the school detention and teacher break and lunchtime detentions, other activities may be issued as a detention. These may include:

  • Writing lines
  • Litter picking
  • Other community sanctions

SILENT SUPPORTED STUDY PERIODS

A supported study period is an opportunity for a student to catch up on the work missed / not completed in a particular lesson. Attendance to this is compulsory.

The issuing of supported study periods follows the same procedure of that of a school detention, namely:

  • The student and parent will be informed prior to the study period
  • It is the responsibility of the parent to organise transport home
  • The student must attend on time
  • The student will be expected to work in silence, except for asking for help from the duty member of staff, and complete the work set to the best of their ability

Failure to comply with the above expectations or to complete the work set, will result in a full school detention being issued.

Supported study periods take place in the Library on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

CONDUCT CARDS

Every student will be expected to carry a conduct card on their person at all times.

If a student is asked by a member of staff for their conduct card, they must present it. Failure to comply will result in a school detention.

The card focusses on three main areas:

  1. Punctuality to lessons (students are to arrive on time to all lessons)
  2. Uniform (student must, at all times, wear the correct uniform in the correct way e.g. shirts tucked in, including to PE lessons)
  3. Equipment (students must arrive to all lessons appropriately equipped to learn and participate; e.g. this includes having their 5 a day, PE uniform/clothing, Technology equipment/food etc.)

If a student does not comply with any of the above, decided by the staff member, the conduct card will be signed. Amassing 5 signatures (equating to 5 separate breaches of the school behaviour code) will result in a school detention being issued.

The card will be removed from the student and a new one issued.

At the end of each week the Advisor will check all cards. If a card is clean (free from signatures), green flag will be issued. At the end of the year, if a student has submitted 80% of their cards as clean, they will be entitled to additional rewards.

SILENT SUPERVISED STUDY ROOM

A member of the Leadership Team can place a student in the Silent supervised study Room for a fixed period for a range of serious behaviours such as disruptive behaviour in a lesson, bullying, racist or homophobic comments, fighting, swearing, refusal to cooperate, causing a health and safety risk, smoking and bringing the school into disrepute. This list is not exhaustive.

If a student does not meet the clear expectations while placed in the Silent supervised study Room, the student may be issued a fixed term exclusion by the Head of School with immediate effect. Students will be in silent supervised study between 8:30am and 3:50pm

Expectations in silent supervised study:

All personal belongings, including mobile phones, must be handed to the member of staff in charge. These will be locked away safely during the period of the silent supervised study.

Students must not talk or communicate with others students.

The student will not be permitted to leave silent supervised study unsupervised, unless in exceptional circumstances. Students must complete the package of work set to a high standard.

FIXED TERM EXCLUSIONS

Fixed term exclusions are serious sanctions issued because of a failure to comply with detention or silent supervised study procedures or because of a very serious one off incident.

Future schools, colleges and employers may be informed of any fixed term exclusions issued by Hugh Christie and the reasons for them if requested.

Under the Education and Inspections Act 2006, parents are responsible for ensuring their children are supervised during the first five days of fixed term exclusion. If students on exclusion are seen by school staff or police unsupervised, then parents or guardians will be liable to a penalty fine. For fixed term exclusions that last for more than five days, the school is responsible for providing full time education from day six onwards.

Following a fixed term exclusion, parents or guardians will be expected to attend a reintegration interview with a member of staff at the school to discuss the reason for the exclusion and seek reassurances from the student about their future conduct before they are allowed to return. This may result in the student being placed in Silent supervised study until the meeting has taken place.

Immediate Permanent Exclusion

Rarely, some behaviours may result in an immediate permanent exclusion being issued by the Head of School. These include;

  • The trading, use or possession of illegal substances on the school grounds, school visits or on the way to and from school.
  • The use or possession of any object deemed to be a weapon by the Police (including any blade or knife) on school grounds, school visits or on the way to and from school.
  • Serious unprovoked threatened or actual violence (the intention to cause / the actual causing of a very serious injury*) towards another student, member of staff or a member of the public.
  • Serious abuse of the use of technology to publicly abuse another student or member of staff or to gain illegal access to confidential data.

*Serious injury: as defined by the Governing Body

USE OF MOBILE PHONES

Mobile phones are not encouraged on the school site as they can be very distracting to teaching and learning. However, if a student brings a mobile phone into school, for reassurance on their journey to and from the school, then it MUST:

  • be switched off during all lessons (unless the teacher has explicitly instructed the students to use the device in a particular lesson)
  • be switched off whilst walking between and going to lessons

Failure to meet these expectations will result in the device being removed from the student’s possession. If this is rejected by the student, the student will be placed in silent supervised study for the remainder of the school day. The school will then write to parents informing them that their child can no longer bring a phone into school.

The school takes no responsibility for the student’s personal possessions, such as mobile phones or tablet computers. If such an object is lost, the school will conduct a brief investigation in an attempt to find the lost item. However, excessive time will NOT be spent on retrieving the goods as it is the student’s responsibility to look after their own belongings. Lockers are available to hire, thus enabling students to safely store their valuables.

Parents can contact Reception (extension 221) if they need an urgent message to be passed to their child during the school day. 

BEHAVIOUR WHEN TRAVELLING TO AND FROM SCHOOL

Travelling to and from school is classed as being at school and therefore poor behaviour will be dealt with in accordance with this policy. Any such behaviour, that brings the school into disrepute will be dealt with firmly by either the Head of the Upper or Lower school. Full uniform should be worn on the way to and from school. Poor behaviour on school buses or on public transport will be dealt with under this policy and may result in removal of the right to travel.

Police contact with the SCHOOL

If a very serious incident occurs at the school, in the vast majority of cases it would be dealt with by the school. The police will be involved by the school in the following circumstances:

  • When the school invites the police to meet with students (and where appropriate parents) to emphasise the seriousness of their behaviour.
  • In the rare event that the behaviour of a student is beyond our control and they pose a potential risk to the safety and well being of others.

If parents wish to involve the police following an incident in school, they are within their rights to do so. However, the issue will then become a police matter and therefore the school will take no further action while the police conduct enquiries and until given a full debrief by the Police. The school reserves the right to enforce the behaviour policy after the police investigation has been completed.

POWER TO SEARCH

The Head of School and other authorised staff have the legal power to:

  • Screen students for weapons.
  • Search students without consent, when there are reasonable grounds for suspecting a student of carrying a weapon, alcohol, controlled drugs or stolen property.

FIXED PENALTY NOTICES

Hugh Christie is a smoking and litter free place. To enforce this, the governors have adopted a policy where a fixed penalty of £10 will be issued to the parent (for payment by the child) for smoking or dropping litter on the school site. This is reduced to £5 if paid within seven days of issue. If not paid within a reasonable time, students will be issued with an after school detention which may involve paying back the debt with a period of community service to the school.

You are deemed to be smoking if you are either smoking tobacco, an electric cigarette or you are congregating with smokers whilst they are smoking.

Refer to the Smoking and Litter Policy.

BEHAVIOUR STAGES

Every student initially is placed on stage 0. During their time at Hugh Christie, the vast majority of students will remain on this stage.

A student will be moved to Behaviour Stage 1 if:

  • They receive a silent supervised study or fixed term exclusion.
  • They receive more than three after school detentions in one term (old half term).
  • They choose not to attend a detention.
  • They receive low behaviour scores.
  • Their attendance is deemed to be poor.
  • They are receiving too many red flags.
  • They are receiving too many warnings for the disruption of lessons.

If a student’s behaviour improves, they will be moved down or taken off the stages. If the behaviour does not improve or gets worse, then they will be moved up the stages. A child on the third stage is at severe risk of no longer being educated at the school unless their behaviour improves immediately.