Behaviour for learning
The philosophy of the Behaviour Policy of Prospect School is embodied in the Code of Conduct.
We have high expectations of students whilst acknowledging that their needs make it more difficult for them to make good choices about their behaviour at times. We acknowledge that they rely heavily on the support and skill of adults to help them with this.
We are a school which is committed to the Restorative Approach, and this is at the heart of all of our actions in response to situations where behaviour has not been acceptable.
Prospect promotes a high standard of behaviour and an atmosphere where all members of the school are valued as individuals. The school believes in the development of self esteem, respect for others and self discipline. The golden rule for all members of the school community is …
‘Treat others as you would like to be treated yourself’.
Students are expected to be polite and to show respect for other people and property. In class, students should join in the lesson to the best of their ability by listening carefully, answering and asking questions and by taking part fully in activities.
At Prospect great emphasis is placed on positive reinforcement of behaviour through praise. We believe in ‘catching students getting it right!’ Students’ confidence and self-esteem are developed through encouragement, incentives and rewards, both verbal and written. Positive and constructive comments are written in their behaviour logs to recognise effort, improvement and achievement of targets set. Merit stars are awarded as rewards for helpfulness, kindness to others, positive attitude, politeness and effort in work. At the end of week, during the whole school assembly, there is an opportunity for students to be recognised through the awards of ‘Citizen of the Week’ & ‘Learner of the Week’ as well as certificates for effort and effective Language and Communication skills.
Aims of the Policy
For students to show:
For students to develop:
Rewarding good Behaviour
Rewards for good behaviour include:
Praise from staff;
When students’ behaviour falls below an acceptable standard a range of consequences may be used to correct this. A firm reminder of the school’s expectations from a member of staff is expected to be sufficient to correct most misbehaviour. However, if this fails to correct the behaviour of a student the following procedures may be adopted:
In the classroom
In the playground (social time) or out on an activity
If the above consequences do not lead to a modification of behaviour, the following will be considered:
Failure to comply with any sanction could lead to another next in the hierarchy being set.
*Where appropriate we will aim to give 24 hours notice of after school detentions, for the convenience of parents/carers and to allow time for any transport arrangements to be made. However, we find that detentions are more effective if they are immediate, so we will try to contact home by telephone in the hope that this can be made possible.
- Note: Where students are in receipt of taxi provision provided by HCC, it is the responsibility of the parent to request directly from HCC a change of pick-up time due to a late day provision. The school is unable to request these one-off changes.
In general, if a student absconds from the school site, re-admittance to the building for the remainder of the school day will be denied. The student will have excluded themself for this period.
Due to the increased costs of repair with regard to damage caused by students during the school day, students will be held accountable for breakages as detailed below and an invoice will be sent home.
The first incident will cost a student £10
A second incident will cost a student £50
A third incident will cost a student £100 and the matter will be logged with the Police as Criminal Damage.
Search and confiscation
The Headteacher has the right to search for and confiscate from any student weapons or illegal drugs if it is suspected that such objects are in their possession. Failure to comply with this will result in police intervention. The Headteacher also has the right to search for and confiscate any item banned by the school or considered contraband e.g. cigarettes, lighters. Failure to comply with a search for these items may result in the student being prevented from entering, or having to leave the school site. This does not constitute an exclusion, but an unauthorised absence. See Screening, Searching & Confiscation; DfE July 2011
Positive handling (restraint)
On occasion it may be necessary to use positive handling (restraint) with students for their own safety, the safety of others and the prevention of damage to property. In general, this will be reactive to a risk, not to manage behaviour but in any case this will be done by trained staff. There is a separate policy for positive handling.
This behaviour will not be tolerated; all incidences will be recorded and reported to the LA (in accordance with guidelines). Racist and homophobic behaviours are offences under the criminal law and students who persistently fail to respond to school sanctions will be reported to the police.
The school has a separate policy for dealing with incidents of bullying.
Role of Parents
We expect Parents:
To keep us informed of behaviour difficulties they may be experiencing at home;
To support parents the school will endeavour to achieve good home/school liaison by:
Care of school premises and site
Everyone in the school is responsible for the care of the school premises. Students and staff are encouraged to feel a sense of ownership for the school and its environment.
The school will liaise fully with such agencies as the Police, Youth Offending Team, Education Welfare, Social Services, Health Services and the Educational Psychology Service when appropriate.
Links to other policies
This policy has close links with other key policies within the school. Without reference to these other documents it would be difficult for us to provide coherent procedures and practice in order to support our school community.