DATE: May 2016
POLICY PRODUCED BY: Miss N Meakin (Head of School)
CHAIR OF MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE: Mrs Angela Pinner
TO BE REVIEWED: May 2017
Whole School Behaviour Policy
This policy is addressed to all members of the school community and has been written in accordance with the following guidance. * Behaviour and discipline in schools Advice for headteachers and school staff DfE January 2016 * Exclusion From Maintained Schools, Academies and Pupil Referral Units in England DfE April 2012. * Searching, screening and confiscation Advice for headteachers, school staff and governing bodies February 2014 * Use of reasonable force Advice for headteachers, staff and governing bodies July 2013
The purpose of this policy is to provide a framework for our school community that creates a positive ethos at Harbour so that all members of our school community treat each other with care, consideration and respect. We believe this is paramount in creating and obtaining a successful, safe and secure learning environment. We will work closely with other professionals and agencies because we believe that a multi-disciplinary approach is the best way of supporting young people.
2 Roles and Responsibilities
* It is both the right and responsibility of all to contribute towards a safe and secure environment.
* All members of the community should respect the rights and feelings of everyone.
* All staff are responsible for a consistent approach in promoting positive behaviour.
* All staff share a collective responsibility for acting as positive role models.
* When implementing the behaviour policy staff will have regard to its legal duties under the Equality Act 2010, in respect of safeguarding and in respect of pupils with special educational needs (SEN).
* Staff will inform parents/carers if there are concerns about a child’s welfare or behaviour and will work closely to involve them in supporting their child’s behaviour (the only exception being if staff believe informing parents/carers may put the child at risk of harm)
* Parents/carers will be expected to attend the admissions meetings and the Behaviour Policy will be shared with parents/carers at this meeting. Parents/carers are asked to support their child and the school in promoting a positive, safe and calm learning environment. Parents/carers will be asked to sign some contracts/agreements as part of the admissions process
* Pupils are actively encouraged to take responsibility for their own behaviour, and to understand and accept the consequences of their actions. Expectations will be shared by the Head of School at admissions meetings and pupils will be asked to sign an agreement outlining our behaviour expectations at Harbour. This will be kept as a record of their contract with us.
* Pupils are expected to attend Harbour wearing the school uniform of the primary or high school they are on roll at. If they don’t currently have a named school then they should wear
Black or grey trousers or skirt
Black shoe shoes
A white shirt (long or short sleeved)
A plain black jumper/sweatshirt
Even on non-school uniform days appropriate work place dress is required.
3 Harbour’s Values
We have six core values which underpin our behaviour policy in promoting good behaviour, self-discipline and respect. All staff will strive to support pupils in achieving these by acting as positive role models in demonstrating these core values to foster discipline and mutual respect between pupils, and between staff and pupils.
Our values are:
Respect We show respect
Honesty We are honest
Perseverance We work hard to listen and learn
Co-operation We are team players
Determination We give everything a go
Kindness We are kind to others
Rewards are an integral part of our ethos at Harbour as a positive way to recognise, reinforce and praise good behaviour. Harbour’s values are at the core of our reward system and pupils can earn 2 credits a day by demonstrating these. Each pupil has a diary in which their credits are recorded. To achieve a credit pupils need to earn 6 out of 9 points in lesson 1, 2 and break and 6 out of 9 points for lesson 3, lunch and lesson 4. They achieve these by demonstrating Harbour’s values most of the time. Every time a pupil achieves a total of 30 credits they receive a choice of reward activity. These are pre-planned throughout the term so pupils have a goal in mind. There is an individual additional reward activity when pupils earn 100 credits.
In addition to the credit reward system pupils can earn a special breakfast every time they have achieved a total of 15 positive starts to their day. This is also achieved by demonstrating Harbour’s six values and is recorded in their diaries.
We use a range of sanctions depending on what stage the level of behaviour is at. (See appendix A). However we aim to use restorative justice practices at all stages as our emphasis and approach is always focussed on the resolution of a problem.
Detentions Staff may issue detentions which can be carried out during break, lunch-time or after school and parental consent is not required for these to happen. If a detention is issued outside school hours parents will be contacted unless this is a short after school detention (up to 10 minutes) when notice may not be necessary as long as the pupil can get home safely. A detention may be issued to a pupil if they haven’t completed the assigned work that was expected from them or if their work didn’t meet the required standard and needed repeating.
Isolation/internal exclusion If a pupil’s behaviour reaches stage 2 or 3 (See appendix A) a possible outcome would be for them to work in isolation for a period of time.
Only the Executive Headteacher or Head of School has the power to exclude a child from school. They may exclude a child for one or more fixed periods, for up to 45 days in any one school year. In extreme and exceptional circumstances they may exclude a child permanently. It is also possible for them to convert a fixed-term exclusion into a permanent exclusion, if the circumstances warrant this. (Please refer to the DfE Exclusion guidance “Exclusions from maintained schools, Academies and pupil referral units in England)
As a last resort the following behaviours may lead to exclusion:
* Actual or threatening behaviour towards pupils, staff or visitors
* Verbal abuse towards pupils, staff or visitors
* Persistent refusal to follow instructions
* Damaging property
7 Searching and Confiscation
School staff can search pupils for any item if the pupil agrees. The Executive Headteacher, Head of School and staff authorised by them have a statutory power to search pupils or their possessions, without consent, where they have reasonable grounds for suspecting that the pupil may have a prohibited item.
Prohibited items are:
* knives or weapons
* illegal drugs
* stolen items
* tobacco and cigarette papers
* pornographic images
* any article that the member of staff reasonably suspects has been, or is likely to be, used to commit an offence, or to cause personal injury to, or damage to the property of, any person (including the pupil)
In addition to the above prohibited list the following items are banned from our school, and therefore should not be brought into Harbour:
* Chewing gum
* Laser Pointer pens
* Energy/fizzy drinks
No other items (apart from appropriate school equipment) are to be brought into school without prior consent.
Mobile Phones/Electronic devices
We appreciate the need for some pupils to have access to Mobile phones on their way to/from school. For this reason, all pupils are given the opportunity to hand in their mobile phone to the main school office on their arrival at school. Their phone will be stored securely, and then returned to them by a designated member of staff at the end of the school day. No phones should be seen in school. Phones should not be used in school and if seen will be confiscated, the same applies to electronic devices.
Searching of Pupils’ property
Staff appointed by the Executive Head or Head of School, which at Harbour is all teaching and behaviour support staff, have the right to search property belonging to any pupil, for any of the above banned items, with the pupils’ consent. Schools are not required to have formal written consent from the pupil for this sort of search – it is enough for the member of staff to ask the pupil to turn out his or her pockets or if the member of staff can look in the pupil’s bag or drawer and for the pupil to agree.
If the pupil refuses to comply with the search of their property, the member of staff should reiterate the importance of the matter to the pupil and explain the process. If the pupil further refuses to comply then the matter should be escalated to the Head of School or Executive Headteacher, if the pupil continues to refuse to comply. Under the Education Act 2011, the school have authority to apply an appropriate punishment for refusal to comply with searches of property.
Confiscation of prohibited and banned items School staff can seize any prohibited item found as a result of a search. They can also seize any item, however found, which they consider harmful or detrimental to school.
Where a member of staff finds an item which is banned under the school rules they will take into account all relevant circumstances and use their professional judgement to decide whether to return it to its owner, retain it or dispose of it.
If we have to confiscate an item or search a pupil or their possessions Searching, screening and confiscation, Advice for headteachers, school staff and governing bodies February 2014 will be followed.
8 Reasonable Force
All staff receive School Safe training. This includes School Safe theory and physical de-escalation training. All members of school staff have a legal power to use reasonable force. Reasonable force can be used to prevent pupils from hurting themselves or others, from damaging property, or from causing disorder. The decision on whether or not to physically intervene is down to the professional judgment of the staff member concerned and should always depend on the individual circumstances.
As a last resort reasonable Force may be used to:
* remove disruptive pupils 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 the safety of others 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; and
* restrain a pupil at risk of harming themselves through physical outbursts.
If reasonable force is required to be used Use of reasonable force Advice for headteachers, staff and governing bodies July 2013 will be followed.
10 Bullying or unacceptable Behaviour Outside School Premises
Teachers have the power to discipline pupils for misbehaving outside of the school premises “to such an extent as is reasonable. Section 90 of the Education and Inspections Act 2006.
This power can relate to any bullying/behaviour incidents involving a pupil from the school occurring anywhere off the school premises, such as on school or public transport, outside the local shops, or in a town or village centre. Where bullying or poor behaviour outside school is reported to school staff, it will be investigated and acted on. The Executive Head or Head of School will also consider whether it is appropriate to notify the police or relevant persons in the Local Authority of the actions taken against a pupil. If the misbehaviour could be criminal or poses a serious threat to a member of the public, the police will always be informed.
The Behaviour Policy is reviewed on an annual basis.
This policy was agreed by the Management Committee on 25 May 2016.
Date of next review: May 2017.