Behaviour for Learning Policy

Introduction 

Blessed Edward Oldcorne Catholic College adopts a behaviour for learning policy that is underpinned by our College Virtues and focusses on student’s personal achievement.  In our approach to modelling excellent behaviour for learning teachers are approachable and supportive of the young people in their care, working to build a deep and committed relationship with each of them as individuals. Within this system, we always strive for behaviour and attitudes to be positive. The college has high expectations for all its young people which are made clear at the start of their school life and regularly and constantly reinforced.

″Education is holy.  Everything connected with human living and the means by which we understand it and come to terms with it is part of the process of God’s revelation to humanity, whether those engaged in it are conscious of it or not.  Therefore the process of teaching and learning is a holy act… since the world we live in is God’s, all teaching and learning are related to him in some way.″

Bishops Conference (2000)

Our aim is to create and sustain a happy and safe place of learning in which everyone can realise       their full potential and feels loved and valued. As a Catholic College, we affirm our commitment to the development of the whole individual.  This involves promoting a climate where all work diligently in a spirit that upholds our adopted personal virtues and values.

We aim to foster an environment in which young people are challenged and encouraged to take full responsibility for their actions and thus create an atmosphere of order and calm, conducive to high quality learning and personal achievement.  As we are a catholic college, learning is deemed to be an act of worship in itself, as in our work we strive to interpret God’s word. Indeed the quality of learning, teaching and behaviour are inseparable issues and the responsibility of all staff, students and parents. Through this policy we aim to develop in our students the virtues “Authentic” and “Just”.

Restorative Justice and Practice

Blessed Edward Oldcorne Catholic College is a ‘restorative school’. A restorative school focuses on the importance of relationships for maintaining emotional wellbeing, resolving conflict and preventing harm. The principles of restorative justice are at the core of our Christian teachings on forgiveness and reconciliation. Where there are instances of behaviour that cause hurt to others, we will address these by way of a restorative justice conference or meeting. Students are asked to consider the impact of their actions on others and all are given the opportunity to express how they feel. All parties are encouraged to seek a resolution to the situation.

When addressing behaviour, teachers will consider language that is restorative and supportive, with the intention of healing and reminding the student of the appropriate way to conduct themselves.

Respect, Rights and Responsibilities

All members of our community should be treated with unconditional respect and good manners. Weform one learning community and being part of that community means that we treat one another in the way that we would expect to be treated ourselves. Our rights, responsibilities and routines will 

be shaped to help us all to deliver unconditional respect to other members of our college and the  

wider community. All members of our community have the right to feel safe, learn, achieve, be respected. 

All members of our community have the responsibility to treat others with respect unconditionally, support others in their learning, celebrate achievements. 

Behaviour for learning procedures 

At the start of the lessons staff will: 

Arrange the learning environment so the room is tidy, interesting and engaging; 

Have a well planned lesson ready, with all resources accessible; 

Greet students at the classroom door before the lessons starts; 

Focus on positive welcoming comments; 

Deal with discipline issues quickly and calmly; 

Have a seating plan; 

Have a structure in place for formal start to the lesson; 

Take a register. 

At the end of the lesson staff will: 

Finish in good time; 

Clear up and prepare the room for the next lesson; 

Have a system in place for orderly dismissal; 

Say goodbye. 

Encouraging good progress and behaviour 

We believe that good behaviour is best promoted and developed by drawing attention to, and rewarding, well-behaved students.  It is the duty of all staff members to “catch students” doing the right thing. It is important that we are rewarding genuine achievement, progress and citizenship.

The aims of the Reward System are: 

To create a caring and purposeful learning environment in the College;

To clarify what is meant by “good behaviour and discipline” and ensure success through the highest standards of behaviour towards each other and towards all members of the college community;

To motivate students by using a variety of rewards to recognise effort, hard work and good behaviour in a structured way thus valuing their own and other’s contributions so that they can grow socially, personally and academically; 

To promote and develop confidence, self-esteem and self-discipline with due regard for authority and positive relationships based on mutual respect, support and safety for all students;

To encourage students to take responsibility for their own actions and ensure that they act as responsible members of the college, giving positive impressions within it and to the wider community.

Rewards

The rewards system centres on the awarding of Mintclass points.   Mintclass points are awarded for the full range of effort and achievement in all areas of College life, and for positive behaviour such as supporting the college life and going above and beyond.  In this way all students have the means to receive positive recognition and experience success. Students are awarded for excellent attendance throughout, and at the end of the academic year.  

Other types of rewards include: 

Appropriate use of general praise and encouragement 

Attendance and punctuality prizes and certificates 

Award Assemblies  

Certificates 

Displays of students’ academic/creative work and achievements (including the College website) 

Letters home 

Performance related trips/visits 

Praise postcards 

Reward activities

Dealing with Students’ Difficulties 

It is recognised that some of our student’s experience emotional and behavioural difficulties and need very specific guidance and management of their behaviour. Staff members display a range of 

professional characteristics when dealing with such students such as kindness, determination, assertiveness, consistency in response and attitude, expectations and philosophy. Staff will be polite and use a calm voice. There will be consideration for the feelings of the students at all times.

Staff will be positive in their approach. The student’s self-esteem will be built up by celebrating their strengths.  Clear boundaries will be established for the students. Staff will check that the students understand those boundaries and the consequences of not complying. 

It is the responsibility of each member of staff to ensure that they are aware of the additional needs (including SEN) of the students in their care, and have made any adjustments necessary to meet 

their needs 

Monitoring students’ behaviour for learning 

The College will ensure that students’ behaviour for learning is regularly monitored and appropriate interventions are made. All staff will use every opportunity to engage with students and as often as possible, give them positive feedback about their behaviour for learning. 

If students make negative behavioural choices that affect the learning, teachers will give a calm verbal warning. If such behaviour continues a detention will be given. If the detention is longer than 10 minutes’ parents will be informed.  In the rare circumstance that a student then continues to ignore the warnings, he or she will be removed from the room by a senior teacher and placed in isolation. This is done to enable the learning of the remaining students to be unaffected. The minimum sanction a student will receive in this instance is a SLT after college detention. Other sanctions will be considered depending on the seriousness of the behaviour. These include loss of break and lunchtime privileges, Head of Year lunch detention and SLT detention.

The College aims to minimise the occurrence of misbehaviour through good teaching and a positive and caring approach to relationships with the students. However, it is recognised that on occasion, incidents of misbehaviour can occur and it is the duty of staff to act fairly but firmly to ensure students can learn from these incidents and can improve their behaviour for learning.

Where incidents of minor misbehaviour occur in the classroom, then applying the appropriate 

consequence/sanction will, in the first instance be the responsibility of the class teacher. 

In situations where there is persistent or more serious misbehaviour in class, the class teacher will 

seek support from the Head of Department, Head of Year or Senior Leader to apply the appropriate consequence. 

In situations where misbehaviour occurs outside the classroom it will be the responsibility of all staff in the vicinity to deal with the behaviour at the time. Depending on the situation staff will

then refer the incident to the student’s Head of Year or SLT to apply the appropriate sanction. 

In all cases, behaviour incidents will be recorded and regular reports provided for Heads of Year and Senior leaders to monitor and intervene with individuals or groups of students. Staff will use

appropriate sanctions depending on their role in the college. The college seeks to avoid using fixed term exclusions where possible and use alternatives such as internal exclusion and Restorative Justice. Fixed term exclusion is a last resort.

Internal Exclusions will be referred by a member of SLT following consultation with the relevant Head of Year or Area Leader. Incidents of serious misbehaviour will be followed up with a process of restorative justice (RJ) with the aim of allowing all parties to learn from and move on successfully from these events.  All staff at Blessed Edward Oldcorne Catholic College will be trained in the use of Restorative Justice.

Exclusion from school

Exclusion is the most serious sanction available to the school. The purpose of exclusion is to assert the values of the college as an orderly community in which pupils and staff may work safely, free from harassment and disruption. The Head Teacher is expected to safeguard the welfare and safety of those who study and work in the school. The college will advise parents personally if their child is to be excluded, and will arrange an interview to discuss the way forward after an exclusion.

The college may exclude for events on the school premises, or events under the supervision of school staff which take place off the premises. It may also exclude for events which take place while pupils are coming to or from school, involving either another pupil or a member of the public. It may

exclude for an event outside college hours which arises out of a connection between two pupils at

the college. Exclusion may occur where a problem arose as a result of damaging communication through a mobile phone or an internet site.

Permanent exclusions  

A permanent exclusion may be imposed for:  

  • A single act of dangerous, violent, harmful or reckless behaviour
  • Violence, especially where it seems that the perpetrator has planned the violence, or has caused a significant injury, or has behaved in a recklessly dangerous way, or has ignored warnings to desist
  • Threats of violence, particularly those which are persistent, or which are intended to subvert the college’s discipline policies by intimidation, or which involve calling in a third party, or which are intended to cause fear and anxiety
  • Persistent expression of racist views, racist actions, or other extreme discriminatory behaviour
  • Bringing drugs or other banned or toxic substances (see footnote*) to school, using them on any college occasion, supplying them to other pupils, or encouraging other pupils to use them
  • Bringing a weapon into college, or anything intended to be a weapon
  • Bringing fireworks into college, or any other potentially dangerous item
  • Letting off the fire alarm without good cause, or other misuse of fire-fighting or safety equipment
  • Extreme public misbehaviour, especially when it brings the college into disrepute 
  • Theft, especially when it is openly done, or premeditated; 
  • Persistent bullying;
  • Persistent failure to observe acceptable standards of behaviour despite the support of a Pastoral Support Programme.

Fixed‐term exclusions

Fixed‐term exclusions may be given for: 

  • Disruption of lessons
  • Refusal to follow instructions or explicit refusal to obey a college rule
  • Verbal abuse against another person;
  • Disrespectful or insolent behaviour to staff 
  • Racist behaviour or language
  • Fighting
  • Persistent failure to observe acceptable standards of behaviour
  • Any action for which a permanent exclusion is not imposed.

In excluding pupils, the college will take account of the following factors before making a decision.

• The possibility of discrimination on the grounds of disability  

• The possibility of discrimination on the grounds of ethnicity 

• special educational needs  

• language fluency  

• age and maturity  

• other mitigating factors

Exclusion and the right to education

The college will make every effort to provide work during a period of exclusion. This work must be completed and returned to the college.

The onus is on every member of staff to play a part in supporting pupils with behavioural difficulties, by acting on the recommendations of the Pastoral Team and keeping a record of the interventions.  The Pastoral Team will decide whether pupils need to be assigned to a Pastoral Support Programme and will follow the procedures for identifying pupils whose behaviour and attitude to learning does not meet the standards expected at the College.

Anti-Bullying Policy 

The College places high importance on creating and maintaining a happy, safe learning environment for all students. It is expected that staff respond to all reports of bullying in a sensitive and swift manner. Students are reminded regularly that Blessed Edward Oldcorne Catholic College has a culture of communication and disclosure. There exists a separate Anti- Bullying Policy.

Harassment

At Blessed Edward Oldcorne Catholic College we believe we are all equal regardless of race, colour, culture, gender, sexual orientation or religion. The Catholic ethos fosters the spirit of regard and respect for each other and for all.  Harassment has no place in our community and will not be tolerated.

Definition:

Harassment may be defined as any hostile or offensive act or expression by a person against another person which interferes with the peace and security of that person, makes them fear for their safety, or reduces their quality of life.

Harassment may present itself in the following ways:

Physical assault because of race, colour, culture, gender, sexual orientation or religion. Refusal to co-operate with others because of race, colour, culture, gender, sexual orientation or religion, derogatory name-calling, insults and jokes/ridicule of an individual for cultural differences. 

Procedures for dealing with harassment:

All racist behaviour in any form is totally unacceptable and will be dealt with in the following ways:

Physical assault:

  • Reported to the Head of Year or SLT.
  • Recorded in the CSG and SIMs Behaviour Log. 
  • Full reports to both victim and perpetrator’s parents/carers.
  • Action will be taken to prevent the behaviour happening again. 

Verbal assault: Staff must not ignore any form of verbal abuse.  Persistent offenders must be reported to SLT and the procedure for physical assault then followed.  All other categories of harassment will, like the above, be dealt with accordingly. Any graffiti will be removed immediately, offensive materials must be removed, offensive remarks in the course of discussion must be challenged.  All incidents will be recorded on SIMS.

There will be support for any student who experiences harassment. The victim will be given the opportunity to discuss how he/she is feeling. The parents/carers of both the victim and the perpetrator will be contacted to explain the action taken and to discuss any concerns.

Supporting students to improve behaviour

We believe the most effective way of managing behaviour is to praise and reward good behaviour. Where students are having difficulty conforming to the expected standards of behaviour in the College, various strategies may be employed to help them to improve.  

The use of Behaviour and Academic monitoring reports, serves the dual purpose of enabling the monitoring Form Tutor and Head of Year to keep a check on behaviour and of giving the student an instant feedback on aspects of behaviour and learning.

For those students whose attitude or behaviour is seen to be deteriorating rapidly and/or who are deemed to be at risk of exclusion or failing to meet expectations, a Pastoral Support Plan (PSP) will be organised with the aim of putting in place support from the college and plans to encourage a positive outcome. 

The Early Help Assessment Plan 

The Early Help Assessment Plan will identify precise and realistic outcomes for the student. It will be agreed with parents.  A meeting will be arranged to consider whats working well for the students and what needs to happen to take steps to improve the situation. 

The programme should have an automatic time limit, be monitored fortnightly and should be reviewed at least half way through its duration.  Rewards for meeting targets and sanctions for non-compliance should be made clear at the outset.  At the end of the agreed period the intervention package may, according to level of its impact on improving the situation be reduced or removed. It may be continued for a further period with or without amendments.

Searching Students

The Head teacher, and staff authorised by the Head teacher, have the power to search students or their possessions, without consent, where they suspect the student has weapons, alcohol, illegal drugs, stolen items or any items that could be deemed to cause harm.

Use of reasonable force.

Section 93 of the Education and Inspections Act 2006 enables school staff to use ‘reasonable force’ to prevent a pupil from: 

a. committing any offence  b. causing personal injury to, or damage to the property of, any person (including the pupil himself); or c. prejudicing the maintenance of good order and discipline at the school or among any pupils receiving education at the school, whether during the teaching session or otherwise. 

The general guidance on The Use of Force to Control or Restrain Pupils (2010) continues to be supplemented by two specialist guidance documents, namely 

Guidance on the Use of Restrictive Physical Interventions for Staff Working with Children and Adults who display Extreme Behaviour in Association with Learning Disability and /or Autistic Spectrum Disorders  (Circ LEA/0242/2002); and Guidance on the Use of Restrictive Physical Interventions for Pupils with Severe Behavioural Difficulties (Circ LEA/0264/2003).  

Examples of cases in which restraint might be used:

When the safety of (an)other student(s) is threatened. 

When self-injury is being, or is likely to be, caused. 

When a child or vulnerable young person is exposing him/herself to potential danger by seeking to leave the premises or vehicle. 

When the safety of a member of staff or a visitor is threatened. 

When there is risk of serious damage to property.

Acceptable Forms of Restraint:

In all cases, there should be only the use of minimum force.

1. A safe holding tactic by which a student is restrained as far as possible without injury to any parties or until he/she calms down. 

2. Physical contact with a student designed to limit his/her movements, which are posing a danger or involving serious disruption. 

3. The physical removal of a child from one place to another. 

4. The use of minimum physical force to remove a weapon/dangerous object from a student’s grasp, when he/she is in the act of assaulting another person or evidently about to do so. 

During the exercise of physical restraint staff must:

Use only minimum force Use only such force for the minimum period necessary.

Keep talking to the student to try to calm the situation.

Keep his/her temper under control Seek to avoid any injury to the student.

Cease the restraint as soon as safety is re-established.

Communication and Parental Partnership

Blessed Edward Oldcorne Catholic College actively promotes and values the co-operation and involvement of parents and carers in all aspect of students’ education.  Parents and carers are encouraged to help their children achieve the aims of this policy, by supporting the school in its Mission Statement and upholding the teaching of the Church.  Parents and students are asked to sign a Home-School Partnership Agreement as an indication of their support for the college ethos and its Code of Conduct. 

A positive partnership with parents is crucial to building trust and developing a common approach to behaviour expectations and strategies for dealing with problems.  Parental participation in many aspects of school life is encouraged.  This participation assists the development of positive relationships in which parents are more likely to be responsive if the school requires their support in dealing with difficult issues of unacceptable behaviour.  The college will communicate policy and expectations to parents. Where behaviour is causing concern parents will be informed at an early stage, and given an opportunity to discuss the situation.  Parental support will be sought in devising a plan of action within this policy, and further disciplinary action will be discussed with the parents. 

At Blessed Edward Oldcorne Catholic College we strive to resolve disputes and differences of opinion in a speedy and amicable manner and work from a principle that a sanction should be proportional to the gravity of the misdemeanour. However, if this does not prove to be possible, parent/carers will be directed to the College’s Complaints Procedure.

Uniform and Appearance

 Blessed Edward Oldcorne students will be the young professional men and women of the future and as such we are committed to fostering self-confidence and a professional demeanour.  Our students are encouraged to adopt the highest standards and virtues which will enable them to flourish in the world of business and commerce.

Students should be dressed appropriately, ready to learn, at all times and are expected to take pride in their appearance.  Students are expected to maintain high standards of dress and appearance   

throughout the school day, including their journeys to and from school. 

Please refer to the College uniform policy for information on expectations related to uniform.

Mobile Phones

Please refer to our separate mobile phone policy for information on expectations related to mobile phone use by students.

Addendum

1. Scope

This addendum applies until further notice.

It sets out changes and exceptions to our normal behaviour policy. Pupils, parents and staff should continue to follow our normal behaviour policy with respect to anything not covered in this addendum.

We may need to amend or add to this addendum as circumstances or official guidance changes. We will communicate any changes to staff, parents and pupils.

2. Expectations for students in college

2.1 New rules

When students are in college, we expect them to follow all of the rules set out below to keep themselves and the rest of the college community safe. The basis of our approach at this time remains the three college rules of Respect, Honesty and Kindness

Staff will be familiar with these rules and make sure they are followed consistently. Parents should also read the rules and ensure that their children follow the new procedures that have been put in place. Parents should contact their child’s Head of Year if they think their child might not be able to comply with some or all of the rules, so we can consider alternative arrangements with them and support them to integrate back into school life.

Everyone will be encouraged to either walk, cycle or be brought in by parents and advised to avoid taking public transport during peak times.

Cyclists must dismount at the entrance and wheel their bike to the designated bike rack ensuring that they maintain social distancing while locking up their bicycle.

Students have the option to wear face coverings at lesson changeovers and when in communal areas of the college. All students are asked to bring a face covering with them each day along with a zip lock style bag to store it in. Students who travel to college by bus must wear a face covering at all times during their journey to and from the college. Students are expected to be mindful that some students may have underlying health conditions and that wearing a face covering helps to protect them. Students who persistently do not comply with the wearing of face coverings on college transport will have to find alternative forms of transport.

At the end of the day students waiting for a bus must wear their face mask in preparation for boarding.

Students must not touch or interfere with another student’s facecovering. This would be unhygienic, potentially unsafe and may cause anxiety or undue stress. Students must keep their hands to themselves in respect of face coverings.

If a student has a medical condition which prevents them from wearing a face covering or the wearing of the face covering makes them anxious, due consideration will be given to a parental request not to wear them.

Students are not permitted to wear face coverings during lessons unless permission has been given by the headteacher after consultation with parents, Key to any concession on this will be the student’s ability to handle the face covering in a safe and hygienic way.

Students are expected to respect the right of students who at this point in time choose to wear or choose not to wear a mask at lesson changeovers or when in communal areas.

Students do not have to wear a mask when outside.

Spitting is prohibited and will result in the loss of breaktime and lunchtime privileges in the first instance. Deliberate coughing on another person or other behaviours deemed unhygienic will be dealt with using the full range of college sanctions. All cases will be dealt with in the best interests of all concerned. The headteacher will have the final say on what is deemed unhygienic.

Everyone in college will:

  • Frequently wash their hands with soap and water for 20 seconds and dry thoroughly using NHS guidelines, or use alcohol-based hand sanitiser to cover all parts of their hands. Students will sanitise at the beginning of every lesson and before entering communal food serving areas. Classroom teachers will monitor this process. Sanitiser will be available in every classroom but students are expected to bring their own
  • Clean their hands on arrival, before and after eating, and after sneezing or coughing
  • Be encouraged not to touch their mouth, eyes and nose
  • Use a tissue or elbow to cough or sneeze, and use bins for tissue waste

Students must use their designated toilet at all points during the day and wash their hands thoroughly before leaving the toilet.

Students must not share equipment with other students.

Students in IT rooms must follow the guidelines and processes for cleaning keyboards and mice at the end of lessons.

Students must move at an appropriate speed to their next lesson or playground area at lesson changeover times. Students who are persistently deemed to be not moving quickly enough to their next lesson will lose breaktime and lunchtime privileges.

Students in KS3 must move quickly to their playground  areas at lesson changeover times and at the end of break and lunch and line up in their form group. When a teacher sounds the whistle students must be silent and wait for instructions regarding dismissal. Students are expected to co-operate fully with any member of staff on duty in a holding area.

Students must maintain, where possible a 2m distance from all staff in the college. Students must also not enter the designated teacher zone marked out in all classrooms. Students must also respect the fact that teachers will not be coming round student desks to answer questions.

Teachers will still run breaktime and lunchtime detentions where necessary. If the detention has students from different year groups the students will be socially distanced and expected to wear their face covering for the duration of the detention.

SLT after school detentions will still operate. Detention will take place in the college hall. Students will wear face masks for the duration of the detention if there is more than one year group present and be socially distanced from each other. Students are expected to bring work to complete or have their reading book with them.

Students must make sure they are in their own designated areas at break and lunch times. At the end of the college day students must leave the college building by the nearest available external exit and if they are walking make their way immediately to either the front or rear exits. The closest external exit to each classrom is clearly marked in each classroom. Students are not permitted to wait for friends on the college site. If students are catching a bus they must make their way immediately to the bus bay and line up in their designated year group line. Students are not permitted to wait in the corridors at the end of the day.

At the end of the college day there are staggered finishes

Year 7 leave at 3.12

Year 8 leave at 3.14

Year 9 leave at 3.16

Year 10 leave at 3.18

Year 11 leave at 3.20

Students are expected to continue to work until asked to pack away and get ready to leave by their teacher. Students must make sure they are utilising all the lesson time allocated to them.

In all cases the college will make every effort to distinguish between accidental breaking of rules and purposeful rule breaking.

If a student believes that they are experiencing the symptoms of corona virus they must immediately inform a member of staff. The member of staff will then follow the agreed procedure for dealing with the student.

2.3 Changed rules

Until further notice, we will alter the following school rules:

  • Expectations for attendance – the latest government guidance says attendance will be mandatory from September. The college will be reverting back to its normal expectations for attendance and will be dealing with attendance related issues in line with our college attendance policy.
  • From September 2020, all students must wear uniform to college and follow normal college rules on uniform as set out in our uniform policy. If students cannot wear their full uniform, parents should contact their child’s head of year 3. Expectations for pupils at home

3.1 Remote learning rules

If students are not in college, we expect them to follow all of the rules set out below.

Parents should also read the rules and ensure their children follow them. Parents should contact their child’s head of year if they think their child might not be able to comply with some or all of the rules, so we can consider alternative arrangements with them and support them with their learning.

  • Be contactable during the college day. The college recognises that students may not always be in front of a device the entire time.
  • Complete work to the deadline set by teachers
  • Seek help if they need it, from teachers or Learning Support Mentors
  • Alert teachers if they’re not able to complete work
  • Use proper online conduct, such as using appropriate language in messages

3.2 Dealing with problems

If there are any problems with students adhering to rules around remote learning, including if they don’t engage with the remote learning set for them, we will contact parents to check how we can support and address any issues.

4. Monitoring arrangements

We will review this policy as guidance from the local authority or Department for Education is updated, and as a minimum every three weeks. At every review, it will be approved by the full governing board.

5. Links with other policies

This policy links to the following policies and procedures:

  • Child protection policy
  • Behaviour policy
  • Health and safety policy
  • Attendance Policy
  • Uniform policy
  • Acceptable use policy