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Behaviour Policy

HELPING TEACHERS TEACH, HELPING LEARNERS LEARN.

OUR CHARACTER,  CORRIDOR AND CLASSROOM CODES

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 school remains a safe environment in which to succeed.
 

Character CODE

We like…
1) Doing as you are asked the first time.
2) Listening politely to staff and students.
3) Politeness and good manners.
4) Putting hands up and listening.
5) Using equipment sensibly and safely.
 
We dislike…
1) Instructions being ignored.
2) Talking over others.
3) Rudeness and 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) Politeness and good manners.
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.
 

CLASSROOM CODE

We like…
1) Work completed to a high standard.
2) Work presented with care and pride.
3) Making good use of time.
4) Trying hard even when things are tough.
5) Pride in our progress and achievements.
 
We dislike…
         1) Doing the bare minimum.
2) Work that lacks care and looks untidy.
3) Wasting time and unfinished work.
4) Giving up and not asking for help.
5) Not valuing success.
 
 

REWARDS

Staff through the issuing of GREEN FLAGS, reward students. Parents are able to view these through the MyEd App on a daily basis. Every even numbered term, the achievement of students is celebrated during our Rewards Assembly. Certificates and badges are given to students who have made exceptional progress or have made a significant contribution to the school or wider community. Students who model good behaviour may be invited to be part of the Student Leadership Team.
 

HOW THE BEHAVIOUR POLICY IS IMPLEMENTED

All students start on a ‘GREEN’ status at the beginning of each lesson.
 
The member of staff will use their behaviour management and teaching skills to enagage the students and redirect students if behaviour is affecting teaching and/or learning. If these interventions fail to change the behaviour of the student, the behaviour policy will be implemented as follows:
 

For issues relating to disruptive behaviour or work ethic:

 
A student will be given an ‘AMBER’ warning if the student:
  • breaks the character or classroom code;
  • fails to produce an appropriate standard of work;
  • is disrupting the ability of others to learn;
  • the student fails to engage with the lesson (i.e. completes no work) even after support and intervention is offered;
  • is preventing the teacher from teaching effectively.
The Amber warning will be a visible warning in the form of either the students' name being written on the board, or the student given a warning note on their desk.
 
The student now has a choice.
 
If the student responds to the ‘AMBER’ warning in a positive manner and rectifies the problem, no further action is taken.
 
Whilst on an ‘AMBER’ warning, if the student fails to rectify the problem, the student will be given a ‘RED’ warning (red flag) and a full school detention if the problem is related to behaviour or a department detention if the problem relates to work ethic.
 
The student again has a choice.
 
If the student responds to the 'RED' warning and rectifies the poor behaviour or work ethic, no further sanctions will be issued.
 
If the behaviour continues to be in breach of the behaviour codes, the student will be removed from the classroom and sent to another room as organised by the Head of Department.
 
The student again has a choice.
 
If the student responds to the change of room and rectifies the poor behaviour or work ethic, no further sanction will be issued.
 
If the student continues to break the behaviour codes, the on-call member of staff will place the student in the Silent Supervised Study room, where the student will remain until the end of the next break.

 

SANCTIONS

Sanctions are issued by staff when students break our classroom, character 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 behaviour in breach of the codes in this policy. Parents are able to view these through the MyEd App on a daily basis. (If a parents want to find out more information about a particular red flag, please either contact the classrrom teacher or the Head of Year).
 

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.
 
Note: The school cannot direct a member of staff to supervise a detention during their designated  break.
Break and lunchtime detentions may also be 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 very 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 responsibility of the parents to make arrangements for their child to get home.
The student will be informed of the detention. In addition, the teacher setting the detention will contact the parent, prior to the detention date, to inform them a detention has been set. This contact will be via a telephone or by email.
 
School detentions will mainly take place in Room 3F1 but alternative venues may be needed and they will last from 2:50pm to 3:50pm. Each detention will last for 1 hour. 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 issued with an external isolation. This involves being isolated for one day at one of our partner schools.
 
Failure to attend a school detention,  is a serious offence that may result in a student being placed on a behaviour stage and / 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 ‘Detention Plus’ will be issued. This will be served at the next available opportunity and last from 1:35pm to 2:50pm in the ‘Silent Supervised Study’ room and then 2:50pm to 3:50pm in the detention room.
  2. Failure to attend a ‘Detention Plus’ will result in either external isolation in another school or 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:
  • Litter picking
  • Other community sanctions
 

EXTERNAL ISOLATION

Schools in the West Kent area have an agreement to support each other in delivering external isolation as a means to avoid a formal fixed-term exclusion.
 
If a student is issued with an External Isolation, they will be expected to attend the designated school at an agreed time and spend the day in the school’s Isolation / Silent Supervised Study room.
 
The student will be provided with work by Hugh Christie and should take a packed lunch. Regarding attendance, this will be recorded as being present.
 
The parent will be notified of the arrangements prior to the External Isolation date.
 
It is the parent's responsibility to organise transport to and from the school.
 

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.
 

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), a green flag will be issued. At the end of the year, if a student has submitted 90% of their cards as clean, they will be entitled to additional rewards.
 

SILENT SUPERVISED STUDY ROOM

A member of the Leadership Team or Student Support 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 2:50pm
 
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 EXCLUSIONS

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 to aid learning)
  • 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, thus enabling students to safely store their valuables.
 
Parents can contact Reception (ext. 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 and drugs.
  • 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 FOR SMOKING AND DROPPING LITTER

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.
 
Please 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.
 
Refer to the full Behaviour Policy for additional information.
 

PROOF - 'on The balance of probability'

 
When reaching a conclusion after an investigation has concluded, the school does not need to prove an event has happened. The law states that schools work 'On The balance of Probability'.
 
This means that if the school believes, given the evidence available, that 'On The balance of Probability' an event has occured, it can enforce an appropriate sanction in accordance with this policy, even if the school does not have concrete proof.