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Behaviour Policy       updated November 2016

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Statement of Principle

All students within Broadgreen International School are entitled to a safe, secure environment and ethos conducive to effective learning. Good behaviour underpins the success of a school and we expect all students to demonstrate high standards of behaviour at all times. We recognise that some students experience difficulties and we will do all we can to support them but every student is expected to do their very best. All incidents of unacceptable behaviour will be dealt with in a fair and appropriate way. It is important that Broadgreen recognises and rewards positive behaviour and achievement. A successful school incorporates the support of all parents and carers.

 The expectations we have of students.

Our expectations are fully explained within the Code of Conduct.

Behaviour Support Structure

The classroom teacher should deal with most incidents of behaviour - The class teacher should manage behaviour issues such as:

  • Uniform issues
  • Lack of equipment
  • Homework
  • Low level disruption
  • Poor work rate
  • Lateness
  • Chewing, eating
  • Jewellery
  • Mobile phones/IPODS/MP3 players
  • Inappropriate behaviour outside the classroom.

When poor behaviour is identified, sanctions should be implemented consistently and fairly in line with the behaviour policy. These can include:

  • A verbal reprimand
  • Extra work or repeating unsatisfactory work until it meets the required standard
  • The setting of written tasks as punishments, such as writing lines or an essay
  • Loss of privileges
  • Missing break time
  • Detention including during lunch-time, after school and at weekends
  • School based community service or imposition of a task – such as picking up litter or weeding school grounds; tidying a classroom; helping clear up the dining hall after meal times; or removing graffiti
  • Regular reporting including early morning reporting; scheduled uniform and other behaviour checks; or being placed “on report” for behaviour monitoring

Pupil Exclusion Room (ER)

The Pupil Exclusion Room (ER) is an alternative to fixed term exclusion.  A pupil may be placed in the ER by a senior member of staff. This may be for a variable amount of time, depending on the seriousness of the incident. This will be communicated to parents via letter and/or phone call home. The ER will be staffed throughout the day by different teaching staff, and the pupils will complete work set by their timetabled teachers.

Exclusions

Exclusions will be issued for serious breaches of behaviour. The decision will be made by the Headteacher. A permanent exclusion may be issued for repeated fixed- term exclusions where the student persistently fails to respond, or for one major incident.

The following types of incident may lead to exclusion:

  • Physical assault against a student
  • Physical assault against an adult
  • Verbal abuse/threatening behaviour against a student
  • Verbal abuse/threatening behaviour against an adult
  • Bullying
  • Racist Abuse
  • Sexual Misconduct
  • Suspected or proven drug and alcohol related incidents
  • Damage to school property or the property of others
  • Smoking or bring smoking material on to the school site
  • Persistent Disruptive Behaviour
  • Bringing an offensive weapon or an imitation weapon into school, or using or attempting to use such a weapon in school, or on the way to and from school
  • Bringing illegal or suspicious substances into school or supplying or selling, or attempting to supply or sell, such substances in school or on the way to and from school.

This is not an exhaustive list and the Headteacher may exclude for other offences as is appropriate.

Detention

  • Teachers have a power to issue detention to pupils
  • The headteacher can decide which members of staff can put pupils in detention
  • Although parental consent is not required for detentions (DfE guidance 2014) at Broadgreen we will give at least 24 hours’ notice for a detention lasting 1 hour
  • Detentions may be given on the same day without contacting home (usually no longer than 20 minutes)
  • Detentions will usually be issued by a class teacher in the first instance. Detentions may be issued through departments for more persistent transgressions
  • The school has a policy of issuing a 20 minute break detention for latecomers to school on that day. Any pupils who do not arrive at this detention will be expected to complete an after school detention of up to half an hour
  • Pupils may be placed on an hour long detention by a member of the leadership team
  • Where a pupil is absent from school the day of the planned detention, they will be expected to complete the detention the first day they arrive in school following the absence
  • The times outside normal school hours when detention can be given (the ‘permitted day of detention’) include:
  1. any school day where the pupil does not have permission to be absent;
  2. weekends - except the weekend preceding or following the half term break; and
  3. non-teaching days – usually referred to as ‘training days’, ‘INSET days’ or ‘non-contact days’.

Negotiated Transfers

Broadgreen uses Negotiated Transfers as a way of preventing Permanent Exclusions. Negotiated Transfers are used within Liverpool Local Authority.

Reasons for a Negotiated Transfer (NT):

  • A pupil receives more than a 5 day exclusion
  • An incident occurs which results in a NT move as an alternative to a fixed-term exclusion
  • A pupil is offered a NT move as an alternative to a permanent exclusion
  • A pupil is offered a NT move as parents consider a fresh start is needed.

Confiscation of inappropriate items and Teachers Power to Search:

The general power to discipline enables a member of staff to confiscate, retain or dispose of a pupil’s property as a punishment, so long as it is reasonable in the circumstances. The law protects them from liability for damage to, or loss of, any confiscated items provided they have acted lawfully. School staff can search a pupil for any item that may contravene the Broadgreen Behaviour Policy.

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

  • Knives and weapons
  • Alcohol
  • Illegal drugs
  • Stolen items
  • Tobacco and cigarette papers
  • Fireworks
  • Pornographic images
  • any article that has been or is likely to be used to commit an offence, cause personal injury or damage to property
  • Any item banned by the school rules which has been identified in the rules as an item which may be searched for. This can also extend to prohibited acts such as bringing onto premises large amounts of food and drink items with the intention to sell.

Weapons and knives and extreme or child pornography must always be handed over to the police, otherwise it is for the teacher to decide if and when to return a confiscated item.

School staff can seize any banned or prohibited item found as a result of a search or which they consider harmful or detrimental to school discipline.

DFE guidance stipulates that Schools can use reasonable force to:

  • Remove disruptive children from the classroom where they have refused to follow an instruction to do so
  • Prevent a pupil behaving in a way that disrupts a school event or a school trip or visit
  • Prevent a pupil leaving the classroom where allowing the pupil to leave would risk their safety or lead to behaviour that disrupts the behaviour of others
  • Prevent a pupil from attacking a member of staff or another pupil, or to stop a fight in the playground; and
  • Restrain a pupil at risk of harming themselves through physical outbursts.

Discipline outside the School Gates

Teachers have a statutory power to discipline students for misbehaving outside of the school premises. Section 89(5) of the Education and Inspections Act 2006 (Guidance updated 2014) gives head teachers a specific statutory power to regulate students’ behaviour in these circumstances “to such extent as is reasonable.”

In line with DFE Guidance and Broadgreen’s Behaviour Policy, the school may discipline a

Pupil for any misbehaviour when the child is:

  • Taking part in any school-organised or school-related activity or
  • Travelling to or from school or
  • Wearing school uniform or
  • In some other way identifiable as a pupil at the school
  • Or misbehaviour at any time, whether or not the conditions above apply, that could have repercussions for the orderly running of the school or poses a threat to another pupil or member of the public or could adversely affect the reputation of the school.

This includes ensuring that pupils are behaving in a safe and orderly manner when leaving school from Queens Drive, Ringcroft Road and Heilers Road entrances/exits.

The Behaviour Policy in relation to the Equality ACT 2010 in respect of students with SEND

The school acknowledges its legal duties under the Equality Act 2010 and in respect of students with SEND. All incidents are investigated, and reasonable adjustments made for students on the SEND register.

Allegations of Abuse against Staff

Allegations of abuse are be taken seriously, but we will ensure that we deal with allegations quickly in a fair and consistent way that provides effective protection for the child and supports the person who is the subject of the allegation. Every effort will be made to maintain confidentiality and guard against unwanted publicity while an allegation is being investigated. Malicious accusations against school staff are fully investigated and will be dealt with in a fair and consistent manner.

The investigation will be led by the Head Teacher and appropriate action will be taken if the allegations are found to be malicious and unfounded.

Policy updated: October 2016 DCN