Behaviour Policy

The school aims to provide a safe, secure, supportive environment where students can learn and teachers can teach, so that students can effectively meet their current and future goals. This is best done in a climate of mutual respect and positive encouragement.

Aims

The aims of this policy are therefore:

  • To allow all students to learn in safety and security
  • To promote positive behaviour and create a learning culture
  • To foster care and respect for others, for property and the environment
  • To encourage honesty, trust, fairness, tolerance and compassion
  • To encourage and develop self-discipline, self-respect and independence in our students
  • To encourage all students to take responsibility for creating a positive learning environment
  • To fully involve parents in supporting the positive behaviour of their children within the school and its community

Behaviour expectations of students

The students are expected to:

  • Attend the Academy regularly and on time, equipped to learn and participate in Academy activities.
  • Follow the Academy dress code, Code of Conduct and Acceptable Use Policies.
  • Do their best in all aspects of Academy life.
  • Be considerate of and respectful towards the feelings and property of other people both, in the Academy and the wider community when travelling to and from school.

Staff responsibilities

All staff will:

  • Have high expectations of all students
  • Build student confidence and self-esteem through positive reinforcement of expectations
  • Recognise positive student engagement in school life and celebrate success
  • Work in partnership with parents through regular contact to help improve behaviour

Rewards

EWS believes that we should reward positive and PROUD engagement in all activities of the school such as good attendance, academic progress, extracurricular activities, house activities, volunteering and school and wider community contributions.

The ethos of rewards and recognition sits with recognising where PROUD high expectations are consistently being met and rewarding where students go above and beyond normal expectations in school. Students will be recognised and rewarded through the use of an on-line rewards system, as well as through individual subject and house systems.

Details of the current reward system are on the following link. These have been created using student and staff voice.

A PDF about our rewards system can be found in the related downloads list on this page.

Sanctions

When poor behaviour is identified, sanctions will be implemented consistently and fairly in line with the positive engagement policy.  This offers a progressive structure of sanctions to encourage more positive engagement and to deal with any breaches of behaviour.

A PDF about our positive engagement policy can be found in the related downloads list on this page.

Sanctions – conduct outside the school gates

The school may discipline students for misbehaving outside of school premises, when this is considered reasonable and appropriate.

This may apply in the following situations:

  • Taking part in any school-organised or school-related activity or
  • Travelling to or from school or
  • Wearing the school uniform or
  • In some other way identifiable as a student at the school.

In addition the school may also discipline for 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 student or member of the public or could adversely affect the reputation of the school

School Uniform

The academy council at EWS believe that high standards of uniform plays a valuable role in contributing to the ethos, setting an appropriate tone and instilling pride in the school.

  • EWS has a school uniform code, including PE kit, that is regularly reviewed and published on the school website.
  • The uniform code will be supported by the use of appropriate sanctions if students do not adhere to the code.
  • Parents are expected to support the school in ensuring their child comes to school appropriately dressed

Power to use reasonable force

EWS staff have the legal right to use reasonable force to control or restrain students. Reasonable force may be used in circumstances such as those below:

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

In addition, school staff may also use such force as is reasonable given the circumstances when conducting a search without consent for knives or weapons, alcohol, illegal drugs, stolen items, tobacco and cigarette papers (including e-cigarettes), fireworks, pornographic images or articles that have been or could be used to commit an offence or cause harm.

If a situation leads to the need to use of reasonable force reasonable adjustments will be made for disabled children and children with Special Educational Needs (SEN) based on relevant information and staff understanding of the needs of the student concerned.

We do not require parental consent to use reasonable force.

Force will never be used as a punishment.

Searches and screening

EWS School staff can search a pupil for any item if the pupil agrees.

EWS staff also have the legal 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
  • Alcohol
  • Illegal drugs (or legal drugs used inappropriately)
  • Stolen items
  • Tobacco and cigarette papers
  • Fireworks
  • 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 staff can also search for any item banned by the school rules or for items that have been used in breach of the school rules, for example mobile phones.

Under this legal power

  • The member of staff can ask the student to turn out their pockets and look in the student’s bag or locker. Students can also be asked to remove external clothing.
  • If the student refuses to searched, the member of staff can apply an appropriate sanction
  • Searching should be carried out by a member of staff who is the same sex as the student.
  • There must be member of staff present during the search to act as a witness who should also be the same sex as the student
  • There is a limited exception to the same sex and witness rule; if there are reasonable grounds to believe that there is risk of serious harm to a person or persons if the search is not carried out immediately and it is not reasonably practicable to summon another member of staff

Parents will not be informed prior to a search or to seek parental consent and there is no legal requirement to keep records of searches carried out.

Electronic devices

School staff may examine data files held on personal devices during a search if they believe they have good reason to do so – where the data or file has been or could be used to harm, disrupt teaching or break school rules.

If the device is to be returned, relevant files may be deleted or retained by the school to support disciplinary action, or where appropriate passed to the police or parents.

Screening

If required we reserve the right to require students to undergo screening by a walk through or hand held metal detector with or without the consent of students; this screening may be carried out by any member of staff whether or not they suspect the student of carrying a weapon.

  • All students are expected to comply with a request for screening which involves no physical contact
  • If a student refuses to be screened, we may refuse the student access to the school premises under our duty not to expose students, staff or visitors to risks to their health and safety.
  • The absence will be recorded as unauthorised not as exclusion

Parents will be informed if search or screening uncovers items that will result in school disciplinary action or police involvement.

A PDF about our positive engagement policy can be found in the related downloads list on this page.

Confiscation

  • School staff can seize any prohibited item found as a result of a search
  • We can also seize any item found which is considered to be harmful or detrimental to school discipline; this includes deleting electronic images or passing illegal material onto the police
  • Depending upon the nature of the confiscated item, it may be retained by the school or disposed of as a disciplinary measure where reasonable
  • Confiscated weapons, knives or bladed items, items believed to be stolen and illegal drugs will be passed onto the police or disposed of by the school

Malicious allegation

If a complaint is made against a member of staff it will always investigated thoroughly, however:

  • If after full and thorough investigation, it is the considered view that that allegation against the member of staff was unfounded and malicious, any record of the incident will be removed from the member of staff’s file
  • The student or students involved in making the allegations will be disciplined according to the severity of the case up to and including exclusion

Exclusion from school

Fixed Period Exclusion

A decision to exclude a student for a fixed period may be taken in response to serious breaches of the behaviour policy, either one off or continuous, based on the evidence presented.

All fixed term exclusions will need to be agreed by the Principal or their nominated person.

Parents will be informed of the decision to impose a fixed term inclusion and the reason will be given.

Permanent Exclusion

Permanent exclusion will be considered for the following:

  • Use of or possession of weapons
  • Drug dealing
  • Serious threats of, and actual violence
  • Bullying
  • Persistent and serious breaches of the school behaviour policy
  • Where the school believe that a child’s presence in the school represents a serious threat to others

Appeals against Exclusion

  • If the exclusion does not take the amount of student’s exclusion above 5 days for the term then parents may make representations to the Academy Council but they do not have the power to overturn the Principals decision
  • If the exclusion brings it between 6 and 15 days exclusion in a term and student’s parents have requested an academy council meeting, they will convene a meeting to consider reinstatement within 50 days of receiving notice of the exclusion.
  • If the exclusion is takes the students total days of exclusion over 15 days in a term, or is permanent or is during exams/national curriculum assessments.  The Academy Council must convene a meeting to consider reinstatement within 15 days of receiving  notice of the exclusion, or more quickly if possible if external exams are involved

This process is explained on the following document page 33:

www.gov.uk/government/publications/school-exclusion

LST’s Board has delegated responsibility for hearing appeals against exclusion to each Academy Council.

The Academy Council will form a Discipline Panel to hear representations from parents and appeals.

For Permanent Exclusions that are upheld by the Academy Council Discipline Panel, parents may appeal to an Independent Hearing Panel.

Approved by Academy Council, December 2014

Related Downloads:

EWS Rewards and Sanctions

EWS positive engagement strategies 2014