behaviour policy

DEFINITION

This policy sets out to ensure that there is a widely known and understood set of expectations of students, which is uniformly applied throughout Ace Learning Centres and is recognized by student, tutors, parents and all other employees and helpers. The student must experience an unvarying acceptance of what behaviour is acceptable in order to ensure the safety of all within the school community. This policy also acts as a guide to support staff in ensuring a consistent approach is achieved by all staff.

DfE guidelines have been taken into consideration in the formulation of this policy. 

Aims

This document provides a framework for the creation of a happy, secure and orderly environment in which student can learn and develop as caring and responsible people. Its aims:

  •  To promote a safe, caring, healthy and happy learning environment

  • Encourage and praise greater effort in both work and behaviour

  • To enable tutors to teach and student to learn effectively, through promoting self-esteem and mutual respect for members of the school community

  • To encourage increasing independence and responsibility as the student grows in maturity

  • To prevent cases of bullying, and ensure any cases are handled by staff in a fair, consistent and agreed manner. Please refer to Anti Bullying and Harassment Policy.

  • To ensure that parents are informed and are aware of the disciplinary procedures

  • To promote self-discipline

Principles

Every child has the right to learn but no child has the right to disrupt the learning of others.

The establishment of a sound, positive and caring ethos is an essential prerequisite for learning. It depends upon trusting relationships and a process of co-operative team work.

Responsibilities:

 All members of Ace Learning – teaching and non-teaching staff, parents and students – work towards Ace Learning aims by:

  • Providing a well-ordered environment in which all are fully aware of behavioural expectations

  • Treating all students as individuals and respecting their rights, values and beliefs

  • Fostering and promoting good relationships and a sense of belonging to Ace Learning community

  • Offering equal opportunities in all aspects and recognising the importance of different cultures

  • Encouraging, praising and positively reinforcing good relationships, behaviours and work,

  • Rejecting all bullying or harassment in any form

  • Helping to develop strategies to eliminate undesirable behaviour both within and outside the classroom, and applying these consistently

  • Caring for, and taking pride in, the physical environment of the centres

  • Working as a team, supporting and encouraging each other.

 Rules

 We have five ‘Golden’ phrases that form our core values at this school:

  •  We are gentle

  • We are kind and helpful

  • We listen to other people

  • We are honest

  • We work hard

 What constitutes good behaviour?

 Soon after starting, the student should understand the expectations and ethos of the Centre. Their parents should have a similar understanding of this by going through Ace Learning policies on the website and a meeting with Centre Manager. This understanding of appropriate behaviour entails:

At the Centre:

  • Line up quietly

  • Be well-mannered, use ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ and don’t speak with your mouth full

  • Talk quietly

  • Put your hand up if you want something

  • Try to keep the tables clean and tidy

  • Walk around the Centre quietly.

 Classroom:

  •  Giving priority to the teacher for talking when required

  • Not interrupting the teacher or other student (or their work)

  • Remaining silent when requested

  • Behaving appropriately to adults and other students

  • Moving around the classroom and the Centre quietly and sensibly

  • Taking responsibility for their own actions

  • Taking increasing responsibility for their own possessions

  • Knowing what can and cannot be brought into the Centre

 Celebration

 Praise and encouragement are used as much as possible. A system of rewards is in place to celebrate student’s display of good effort and achievement.

Behaviour Ladder - Sanctions

 “Even the best behaviour management programme doesn’t guarantee good behaviour” - Mike Temple

Traffic Light System 

Ace Learning operates a traffic light system of recording and managing poor behaviour choices in the classroom as below:

Yellow - low level

 Poor punctuality

Rudeness

Swearing

No Homework

Disruption

Task refusal

Rough play

Teasing

Amber - medium level

 Bullying

Persistent disruption

Swearing at adults

Cruelty/Spite

Walking away from an adult

Leaving class without permission

 Aggression

Fighting

Harassment

Red - high-level

Leaving Centre premises

Use of a weapon

Persistent bullying

Racist behaviour/ comments

Theft

Vandalism

Harming an adult

Inappropriate sexual behaviour

Homophobic language

Should student make a poor choice with respect to their behaviour a verbal warning will be given. Should the behaviour choice be continued, then the following procedures will be followed:

For a yellow level behaviour, it would be normal for this to be resolved within the classroom by the class teacher or the assistant. The resolution may include a verbal or copied apology or additional time to complete a task.

For an orange level behaviour it would be appropriate for the class teacher to initiate the resolution within the classroom but may also want to inform or have the assistance of an additional member of staff (middle leader), For other issues, the resolution may be successful with a verbal apology or may require a short amount of "time recovery" for the pupil to complete a task, write out an apology letter or undertake a task directly connected with the behaviour e.g. tidying up an area in the classroom which has been left untidy. Copy of the report sent to parents.

For a red level behaviour, the most serious, it is essential that the SMT are involved at the earliest opportunity. This is to ensure that any additional information is brought to the resolution of the issue. It would also be appropriate at this point for parents to be contacted. This is the only level that requires the intervention of SMT. Consideration for exclusion should be entirely at the Centre Manager’s discretion and should never be considered automatic.

Non classroom behaviour:

 The same expectations of behaviour should be applied across the Centre, regardless of where the child is e.g. in the communal area, toilets etc.

Other reasons when it may be appropriate for the Centre Manager to intervene include when pupil actions:

  •  Could have repercussions for the orderly running of the Centre

  • Poses a threat to another pupil or member of the public

  • Could adversely affect the reputation of Ace Learning Centres

 Exclusion                                       

 Exclusion will be considered appropriate where the Health and Safety of staff and/or pupils is seriously compromised. ‘The Centre Manager decides whether to exclude a pupil, for a fixed term or permanently, considering all the circumstances, the evidence available and the need to balance the interests of the pupil against those of the Ace Learning community.’ (Ensuring Good Behaviour in Schools, April 2011)

In the event of the Centre Manager’s absence, the Deputy Centre Manager will assume responsibility for the decision to exclude. If the Deputy Head teacher is absent, the SLT will assume this responsibility. 

Liaison with Parents

Parents will be kept informed about their child’s behaviour. If it appears that this has to be monitored on a regular basis, copy of the daily report can be shared with the parents. This gives the parents a very clear view of the support given for their child.  

Use of reasonable force

In relevant emergency situations it may be necessary for staff to apply ‘Positive handling’ strategies.

‘All school staff have the power to use reasonable force to prevent pupils from committing an offence, injuring themselves or others, or damaging property, in order to maintain good order and discipline in the classroom.’ (Department for Education: Use of Reasonable Force. July 2011)

This policy has been developed to work in conjunction with the following documents: Anti Bullying  and Harassment policy