Student Behaviour Policy

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St Edmund’s School is committed to providing a safe, secure and positive environment in which all students are inspired to achieve and in which all members of the school community are valued, respected and treated with dignity.

  • We aim to create a supportive learning and working environment where excellent learning and high attainment can be achieved;
  • to create a positive approach to discipline that will prepare students for lifelong learning and the world of work;
  • to make explicit and to maintain the standards of expected behaviour;
  • to state the means by which we will work to achieve high standards through positive approaches behaviour management;
  • to emphasise the importance of the use of praise and encouragement as a means of developing self-esteem and reinforcing desired behaviour;
  • to ensure that the ‘leadership’ of supporting positive behaviour is a responsibility shared across the whole staff;
  • to support school leaders in ensuring correct decisions are made when apportioning sanctions and rewards to student behaviours; and
  • to encourage and maintain consistency in response to both positive and negative behaviours in order to promote our Christian values.

It is expected that all members of the school community will act with courtesy and consideration for others at all times, always acting in a socially responsible manner.
We believe that all students:

  • have a right and a desire to learn;
  • have a right and a desire to fulfil their potential;
  • have the right to be treated with respect at all times;
  • have the capacity to change and be the best they can be;
  • should be supported in understanding all actions have consequences, both positive and negative; and
  • should be supported in their moral development to understand how to accept responsibility for the consequences of their actions.

We believe that all teachers:

  • have the right to teach without disruptive behaviours in the classroom;
  • have the right to be supported in dealing with poor behaviours without fear of judgement (by training if required);
  • have the responsibility to create structures and routines that encourage students to take responsibility for their learning; and
  • have the responsibility to apportion rewards and sanctions in accordance with school policy.

We believe that all staff, parents and governors:

  • have the right to be treated with courtesy and respect at all times;
  • have the responsibility to model positive behaviours; and
  • have the responsibility to praise and reward positive behaviour whenever possible.

In order to achieve this all members of the school community must:

  • act in accordance with the stated aims and values of the school;
  • move calmly and sensibly about the school;
  • speak politely, calmly and appropriately to everyone;
  • keep the school environment clean and tidy;
  • always try to understand the point of view of other people; and
  • aim to react with patience and tolerance.

Encouraging Good Behaviour
At St Edmund’s School it is our aim to always celebrate success and we recognise that the use of praise is essential in developing self-esteem. We always seek to identify and reward good effort, attainment, behaviour and positive contributions. This should be supported by instant and frequent verbal praise, positive written feedback on work and the use of the school reward system and Attitude to Learning STAR awards. All of these allow students to accumulate house points for individual and house rewards and recognition. This is also supported by regular consultation with our Student Voice to monitor and evaluate impact.

Expectations are clearly explained, regularly discussed, reinforced in lessons and reflected upon in tutor times and assemblies on a regular basis.

Inappropriate Behaviour
At St Edmund’s School we will not accept or tolerate any behaviour that is socially unacceptable, against the law or that puts any other members of the school or community at risk.

This includes but is not limited to:

  • disruption to other people’s learning;
  • inappropriate language or swearing;
  • violent or threatening behaviour;
  • defiance and refusal to follow instructions;
  • racism or any other form of prejudice;
  • bullying including that based on a student’s special needs, race or gender;
  • dangerous behaviours;
  • possession of weapons or any instrument which could be used to cause harm;
  • willful damage to school property;
  • possession of harmful/illegal substances and alcohol.

In most cases inappropriate behaviour will take place on the school premises. The legal definition of premises of a school includes everything within the property boundaries including buildings, outbuildings, playgrounds, fields, and also extends to include other settings such as vehicles, boats, marquees or any venue managed by the school at the time, e.g. the premises of a school trip or visit. Students who are off site but in uniform and thereby representing St Edmund’s School will also be subject to this Behaviour policy.

Please refer to the Equality and Inclusion policy, the Anti-Bullying policy, the Drugs policy and Exclusion procedures.

Dealing with Inappropriate Behaviour
All disciplinary sanctions are to be taken calmly with the intention to minimise conflict and maximise co-operation. Sanctions should be seen as fair and supportive by the student involved. Reprimands and sanctions should be appropriate to the situation and clear reasons for an action taken should be given. All actions should be recorded promptly on the student record system PARS.

Sanctions are designed to discourage poor behaviour and support positive attitudes and behaviours. Where students are disrupting the learning of others they will be given the opportunity to change their behaviour in line with Attitude to Learning procedures. (Where students do not comply they may be removed from the lesson and dealt with by the relevant Academic Leader or Head of House). Sanctions do not replace the need for planning lessons and tutor time activities that engage and enthuse students in their learning.

The number of reprimands and sanctions given to individuals will be monitored in weekly reports and where there is persistent inappropriate behaviour the necessary sanctions and support will be put in place.

In the case of serious breaches of the behaviour policy, internal isolation or fixed term exclusion may be used following further investigation and at the discretion of the Headteacher. (Please refer to Exclusion procedures).

Monitoring and Evaluation
Behaviour and rewards procedures will be monitored and reviewed on a regular basis.

This will be achieved by:

  • evaluation of reports produced through PARS by tutors and Heads of House to praise and support students where appropriate;
  • discussion between Heads of Houses, Academic leaders and Senior Leadership Team;
  • consultation with Student Voice termly;
  • consultation with Parent Voice on a regular basis.

Approval of Policy
Student and Community Governors’ Committee 26th November 2014
Date of review: November 2017