TRINITY CATHOLIC COLLEGE
& SIXTH FORM
Reviewed & Adopted by: Trinity Catholic College & Sixth Form
Date: 30 June 2016
Next Review Date: 24 January 2018
Implementation: September 2014 (In line with Pastoral Review)
“An inclusive learning community living out Gospel values”
Learning Behaviour – School Behaviour/Discipline Policy
- Basic principles – Schools Missions Statement
- Rights and Responsibilities
- Code of Conduct – How pupils should behave
- Rewards – Rewarding good behaviour
- Unacceptable behaviour – Discipline procedure when things go wrong
- Parental Support Home School Agreement Document
- Monitoring and Evaluation of policy
A copy of the Behaviour Policy should be available to all members of staff and supply teachers.
These few words introducing the school’s policy do not claim to be saying anything dramatically new or particularly exciting, but they are as essential as the rules, rights, responsibilities and routines which follow. A Catholic Christian community must look to the Gospel for the values which inspire any major part of the school’s life
As professional educators, we have a duty to consider not just what we do but why we do it so that we can better understand it, explain it and apply it.
We must help pupils understand how their behaviour affects themselves and other members of the various communities of which they are part, including school.
Punishment does not alter behaviour. lt provides a demonstration that a community disapproves of actions sufficiently to make arrangements to prevent them and to deter them. lf punishment is seen as revenge it can lead to worse behaviour. lt is easier to reduce resistance to good behaviour than it is to force compliance.
What alters behaviour are opportunities for the individual to consider their actions and decide that they will do differently in the future. Persuading people to do this is not easy.
All individuals are more likely to do this if they are responding to people whom they trust and value. People who demonstrate that they are interested in the individual and are willing to forgive and recognise improvement can bring about major changes in behaviour.
We must make it clear to pupils and their parents that behaviour affects learning of the individual and of the community in which they are present.
Our policy must focus on encouraging behaviour which promotes learning and on promoting learning of good behaviour.
You will achieve more in your classroom by constant positive, pleasant and well organised teaching than you will by rigorous application of a system of rules and punishments.
You will achieve more if punishments are given reluctantly as if disappointed that you have had to resort to their use.
You will achieve more if your use of praise and encouragement for correct response and good behaviour is generously and genuinely given by a person whose approval pupil’s value.
The aims of the school expressed in the mission statement can only be achieved if all members of the school behave in ways which are acceptable to the school community as a whole.
RIGHTS and RESPONSIBILITIES
All members of the school have the following rights:
- To come to school free from fear of bullying (physical violence, threats, intimidation, name-calling – especially racist and sexist name calling, ridicule, unkindness);
- To be treated with fairness, courtesy and politeness;
- To be listened to and taken seriously;
- To operate within a calm atmosphere.
All members of the school have the following responsibilities:
- To treat other members of the school with fairness, courtesy and politeness;
- To listen to others sympathetically;
- Not to lie or deliberately mislead;
- To assist in the maintenance of a calm atmosphere;
- To ensure that no bullying incident is ignored.
- To plan lessons in which pupils are taught and set work which is appropriate for them and as interesting and challenging as possible;
- To provide (as far as possible within the constraints of the budget) appropriate books,equipment and facilities of good quality.
- To begin and end lessons punctually
In addition to these general Rights and Responsibilities, teachers and pupils also have particular Rights and Responsibilities.
Teachers (and, where appropriate, classroom assistants) have the following rights (in relation to pupils):
- To have all reasonable instructions obeyed without question;
- To be told the truth (for example, when investigating incidents of unacceptable behaviour).
- To expect that work set will be done and handed in on time.
Teachers (and, where appropriate, classroom assistants) have the following responsibilities (in relation to pupils):
- To manage their lessons so that pupils are not prevented from working by poor organisation, bad behaviour or unnecessary noise;
- To mark and assess pupils’ work frequently, offering them constructive criticism and, whenever possible, opportunities for discussing it;
- To promote the school’s behaviour policy at all times, not just in their own lessons.
Pupils have the following rights (in relation to teachers):
- To be taught and set work which is appropriate to their ability and as challenging and interesting as possible;
- To have their work marked and assessed frequently and to be offered constructive criticism and, whenever possible, the chance to discuss it;
Pupils have the following responsibilities (in relation to teachers):
- To arrive at lessons punctually with the right books and equipment, and to leave promptly when asked to do so;
- To obey all instructions (if a pupil genuinely believes an instruction is unreasonable, s/he should obey it anyway. Later, s/he should discuss the matter with the teacher who gave the instruction or with another teacher, and then, if necessary, with the PTL or Head Teacher);
- To complete the work set and hand it in on time (if a pupil has genuine problems about completing a piece of work, s/he should discuss this with the teacher as soon as possible – not wait until it is due to be handed in);
- To behave in and around the school in such a way as to maintain the calm atmosphere and to ensure the safety of others. This means, for example, not running or shouting indoors. Pupils need to recognise that open access is a privilege, which may be withdrawn if abused.
SCHOOL CODE OF PRACTICE – How pupils should behave
The following rules should form a framework in which staff and pupils can work in a friendly and safe environment. They need to be presented and explained to pupils particularly in lower school but should not limit the way in which we interact with them. Our approach should remain pupil-centred not rule bound.
The following section is available to pupils and their parents in the pupils’ Personal Planner. Teachers should allow time during form period at the beginning of each term to explain and reinforce the school rules and the consequences of breaking them. This should be for all pupils in all years but particularly during induction of Year 7.
BEHAVIOUR CODE OF PRACTICE
Pupils should be good mannered, respectful, committed and honest at all times, in and out of school. Everyone here needs to be able to learn and develop in a school, which tries to live the Christian values of care, forgiveness and celebration of the value of life.
The following simple rules do not include many aspects of being together and learning together for which rules are not appropriate. Pupils will have many opportunities to decide in a positive way about being helpful, kind and considerate. Pupils should always avoid behaviour, which will cause difficulty for others and for themselves.l
- Pupils should be punctual to school and to classes to show you value what is being offered and to avoid inconveniencing other people.
- Pupils should wear full uniform at all times including coming to and going from school.
- Packed lunches, other meals and drinks must be eaten in the dining area.
- Pupils should keep their form room in a tidy state without litter.
- Pupils will be charged for avoidable damage.
- Always dispose of litter carefully, in a litter bin.
- Coats should not be worn during lesson time.
- Name-calling and physical aggression are never ‘messing about’. Staff should be vigilant to bullying incidents and encourage pupils to report to their teachers any bullying.
It is appropriate for staff to use the reminder system if these rules are broken.
- Pupils should bring planner, pencil case and appropriate items for lessons,
- Pupils should attempt all homework to the best of their ability.
- Access to toilets at break times should make it unnecessary during lessons.
- pupils should not pack up at the end of lesson bell until told to do so’
- Pupils should not have coats on in class.
- pupils should not be out of class unless they have specific permission to do so, written in their planners.
Staff need to be consistent in their classroom routines to avoid giving mixed messages to pupils. Pupils arriving unprepared for their lessons should be given a reminder.
- Take great care on all roads near the school.
- Do not run at all inside the school building.
- Take special care on stairways and at doorways. Never try to barge through.
- Take particular care when crossing the car park. Use the paved areas at the side.
- Games are not permitted in the area in front of school’
- Do not for any reason climb onto the roof of a school building. Tell a member of staff if something needs retrieving’
- Be careful to follow the safety rules for particular teaching areas.
- Do not touch windows, blinds, curtains or their cords.
- Staff need to extra vigilant at the end of the school day. Staff on bus duty should direct the pupils to the designated areas.
- Play ball games well away from windows e.g. on the school field, or on the tennis courts.
- Pupils must stay within the school grounds at lunch time.
Dangerous and unacceptable items
Pupils must not bring any of the following into school:
- Thick felt tipped pens or marker pens, tippex or similar
- Chewing gum
- Any harmful substance such as alcohol or drugs.
- Cigarettes, matches or lighters.
- Any unsuitable magazine, newspaper, book or poster.
- Any form of weapon.
- Any item or list of items for sale.
- Expensive electrical items or games.
- Large sums of money.
- Any item used for gambling. Pitch and toss is not allowed.
Staff should consider confiscation of dangerous or unacceptable items. Any confiscated item needs to be stored securely and the teacher becomes responsible for its safety. lt is necessary to indicate when the item will be returned. lf the item is dangerous or illegal, the child’s parents should be contacted to arrange its return directly to them.
Break and lunchtime
- Pupils should be outside the building not wandering in corridors.
- There should be no unnecessary movement inside the building
- Pupils should not run inside or in and out of the building
- The dining hall and entrance area should be kept clear.
Break/Lunchtime duty staff should be prompt and vigilant. Pupils breaking the rules should be dealt with using the reminder system.
Classroom Behaviour (See – Student Code of Conduct – How I should behave)
- Pupils should be settled and behave sensibly in classrooms
- Teaching materials, wall displays and furniture are to be treated with care and respect
- Pupils should not open or close windows
- Entertainments such as MP3s, electronic games, and personal CD’s are allowed unless they lead to unnecessary nuisance or disturbance, but only at break and lunchtime.These items are the responsibility of their owners. Pupils using such equipment during lesson time will have the item confiscated. ltems of particular value should not be brought to school.
- Toilets should be used for their intended purpose
- Pupils should not loiter in toilets and should leave them, as they would hope to find them
- Smoking is not allowed at any time
- Pupils should stay on the school site at all times
- Pupils should ensure that the way in which they spend these times makes them pleasant and safe for others.
REWARDING GOOD BEHAVIOUR
Pupil’s achievements, academic or otherwise will be recognised. Rewards should be accessible to all pupils and pupils need to be encouraged to share their achievements with other staff, parents and pupils.
Head teacher and PTL assemblies should be used as an opportunity to acknowledge achievements and help foster a sense of school community.
Rewards for good behaviour include the following
- Praise from staff. Extra responsibilities given
- Time given in class when good work is acknowledged and good behaviour highlighted
- Examples of good work and achievements displayed around the school
- Representing the school
- Attendance certificates
- Appropriate use of the merit system (KS3)
- End of term awards assemblies
- Upper school bonus points system (KS4)
- Letters home to parents via planner or post
- The ‘Carrot Reward System’ is being rolled out from September 2015 to facilitate this.
Appropriate praise and responding to good work is often the key to achieving and raising the standard of behaviour within a class. Above all, praise and encouragement should be offered as often as possible.
UNACCEPTABLE BEHAVIOUR DISCIPLINE PROCEDURE
Discipline procedure when things go wrong.
Unacceptable behaviour includes
- Bullying (see anti bullying policy)
- Racist comments (see recording racist incident procedure)
- Physical violence
- Foul and offensive language
- Unkind malicious comments
- Damage to property
- Answering back, rudeness or aggression to adults
A firm reprimand from a member of staff is expected to be sufficient to correct errant behaviour. However, if this fails the following procedures should be followed.
Stage 1 Individual rebuke and disapproval.
This involves the normal day-to-day admonishments for the kinds of mischief and over-exuberance to which all children are liable from time to time. Disapproval of a
miscreant by those whose views she/he respects, the teacher, peer group etc. can be a powerful sanction if the climate in the school is correct.
In terms of moulding behaviour patterns, praise is much more effective than blame. lt
is often said that teachers do not praise enough. lt is indeed difficult to remember to
praise when children are working well and in and orderly fashion, and a conscious
effort has to be made to do this, especially when a disruptive child is claiming the teacher’s
Stage 2 Classroom sanctions- Warnings
This attempts to tackle the behaviour of a pupil or group of pupils, which goes beyond
normal mischief and over exuberance. lt is likely to involve some rudeness lo an adult,
wilful damage of property or intimidatory behaviour towards others.
Sanctions might start with the withholding of praise, a rebuke, withdrawal of a privilege
i.e. open access or the setting of some extra task. This last should be of some intrinsic
value either to the child or the school community as a whole, not just “lines”. lt could be
extra work beneficial to that child, or some community task like clearing litter. lt is
important to follow up such tasks, as their successful completion can contribute to the
child’s sense of worth. Such an incident at this stage will result in a reminder being
given. The reminder is recorded in the pupil’s planner and on the teacher’s record
sheet. lt is vital that there is consistency in using this sanction. Pupils should be given
a warning before the sanction is issued. They must be told what will happen if the
unacceptable behaviour continues. A child may receive more than one reminder in any
lesson. The punishing of whole groups for the misdemeanours of stage 1 and 2 is
Both stages 1 and 2 of the discipline procedure are within a classroom situation. lf
behaviour of the individual does not improve the subject teacher should discuss this
with curriculum team leader. The CTL and subject teacher may look at other strategies
to improve the situation including a subject report with specific behaviour targets, extra
work, or working in isolation.
The use of the reminder system will help with recording a pupil’s behaviour and in
keeping the PTL informed of the situation. This also satisfies the SEN policy that,
before a child can be referred onto the SEN department it must be sure that all has
been done to ensure that the child can access the curriculum’.
Stage 3 Use of Reminders and Incident Reports
The Reminder system is about improving learning.
Recording reminders will hopefully improve communication between subject teachers,
form tutors, parents and PTL.
When a pupil breaks a rule or behaviour code of practice they will receive a reminder.
Pupils have many opportunities to learn and time should not be wasted. The reminder
system is to try and help pupils be prepared to learn to the best of their ability. Being
late for lessons, arriving unprepared without the appropriate equipment, not bringing or
copying homework is unacceptable. Arriving at school without full uniform or behaving
inappropriately is not acceptable. Pupils will be given a reminder, recorded in their
planner to indicate this needs to be improved. Any member of staff issuing a reminder
needs to fill in their own reminder record sheet and “post” in school office at the end of
A number of reminders in any two-week cycle will result in an automatic after school
Collation of reminders will be on a weekly basis and details passed onto PTL.
Detention letters to parents will be issued at this stage also.
The PTL can use the reminder record sheets to help monitor the learning and
behaviour of an individual pupil and if appropriate, involve the SENCO at this stage (School
based action). (See also lnclusion Policy – Pathways to Inclusion)
Form tutors can check on number of reminders as they check and sign record books.
Parents can monitor their child’s learning and behaviour, by checking the number of
reminders given, as they sign record book.
All staff must complete incident reports, if a pupil commits a serious offence. One copy
of this must go to PTL such incidents may include:
- Defiance to a member of staff
- Assault on a pupil
- Bullying incident
- Rudeness to a member of staff
The nature of the incident will determine the sanction but it is envisaged to be an after
school detention at a minimum.
1. lf a pupil displays intolerable and, or dangerous behaviour he or she me be referred
by the class teacher or Curriculum Team Leader
2. lf in the professional judgement of the class teacher a pupil’s behaviour has become
extreme they must:
3. Notify the main school office by telephone or message via a reliable pupil.
4. The main office will immediately notify the duty team, Leadership member or
Pastoral Team Leader.
5. One of the duty team usually the Pastoral Leader will go to the classroom to discuss
the referral with the appropriate member of staff. A judgement will be made by the
Pastoral Leader as to whether the pupil should be removed to the referral room or if
agreed by the class teacher go back into class.
6. Once in the referral room the pupil will be given work to complete for the remainder
of that lesson, Usually the pupil will be detained in the referral room for that lesson
only. In extreme circumstances the pupil will be detained for a number of lessons,
the remainder of the day or sent home depending on the incident.
The subject teacher who instigated the referral should ensure that an incident report
sheet is completed and sent to the appropriate PTL, they should also inform their CTL of the incident.
The incident will be recorded in the referral room log; contact will be made with home
on the day of the incident by one of the pastoral team and an automatic referral detention
will be generated.
Pastoral teams will monitor all referrals on a weekly basis and discuss in detail at the
weekly pastoral briefings. Continuous referrals will result in a parental interview in
school with a member of the leadership team and the appropriate pastoral team leader.
Stage 4 Detention
A formal after school detention will take place on a weekly basis. The detention should
be for one hour and managed by a team of staff on a rota basis (see separate
detention guidelines). A school must by law, give at least 24 hours’ written notice of a
detention to the parent, so allowing time for the parent to raise any problems. The
letter should state:
- That their child has been given a detention
- Why detention was given
- When and for how long the child will have to remain in school.
Detentions arising from the reminder system will be administered through the office
by the PTL. To try and improve consistency in the use of sanctions, the after school
detention should take the place of lunch time detentions.
Pupils failing to complete detention will be referred to PTL. The pupil should be told
to do the next one. lf they miss the second detention (without good reason) they will
be excluded from school (Learning Support Pupil Service +).
Pupils on detention should work in silence. They should consider their learning
behaviour and the reasons why they ended up on detention and how to avoid it in the future.
Pupils receiving several detentions in a given period of time, can be monitored by PTL
and if no improvement in behaviour, further action taken i.e., next stage of discipline
Stage 5 Behaviour report
lf poor behaviour persists, or if the misdemeanour is judged immediately serious
enough lo warrant it, a child will be placed “on report” by their PTL. She/he will be
expected to report to their PTL at the end of each day to have the report checked.
Parents are to be informed by telephone or letter. Parents should sign the report daily.
lncident reports must still be used to record serious poor behaviour, with a copy sent to
the Pastoral Team Leader.
PTL will monitor behaviour and inform parents of outcome.
PTL may have referred the pupil to the mentoring team if deemed appropriate. Mentors
to report back to PTL on number of meetings and outcomes if it is envisaged
mentoring will be for an agreed length of time.
Stage 6 Formal Parental Interview
In cases of persistent behavioural problems, or where a single offence is of a serious
nature, a parental interview may be requested. Stages 3, 4 and 5 of the discipline
policy should support and provide evidence of behaviour problems. After the interview, and
if behaviour is still a cause for concern, the child may be placed on the Special Needs
Register for Educational and Behavioural Difficulties, if not registered already. The PTL
will involve the SENCO if not already informed. The PTL together with the SENCO
and/or the Inclusion Unit Manager may initiate
- IEP targets
- IEP report . In school support
- Mentoring or further mentoring
- Working in the Green Room
The PTL, SENCO and lnclusion Unit Manager will review behaviour at an agreed date
and if necessary involve outside agencies. (SEN Code of Practice School Based
This may include:
- Referral to BSS
- Educational Psychologist Assessment
- Pastoral Support Plan
- Alternative Education Provision/Complimentary Education
- Referral to Pupil Learning Support Service +for a fixed period of time with a view to reintegration.
- Green Room
lf necessary a written warning may be given to parents, that the child may be excluded
for a fixed term if there is no improvement in behaviour.
Stage 7 Referral to Leadership Team
lf poor behaviour is continual in the classroom despite warnings and use of the
reminder system, and the misdemeanour is judged immediately serious enough to
warrant it (e.g. intimidation with assault, premeditated rudeness to adults, breakage of
property etc), then the pupil or group of pupils should be referred to a member of the
Leadership team. The referring member of staff must complete an incident report and staff must follow the referral procedure guidelines.
Action is likely to include removal of privileges for a fixed term, detention and
working in isolation (Green Room). Parents will be informed.
Stage 8 Exclusion for a fixed term
This will be used where the offence is regarded in itself as sufficiently serious.
Aggressive, challenging and defiant behaviour may result in fixed term exclusion. Such
incidents may include:
- Repeated bullying of a Pupil
- Deliberate contact/assault on a member of staff
- Unprovoked assault on a Pupil
- Obscene language to a member of staff
All incidents need to be thoroughly investigated and all factors considered before
Fixed term exclusion will also take place when poor behaviour persists despite
previous warnings and parental contact. This is to ensure that the child fully understands the seriousness of the situation. Fixed term exclusion may be in a Pupil Learning Support
Service +, Green Room.
Stage 9 Permanent Exclusion
The ultimate sanction provided in the school is permanent exclusion. This will happen if behaviour that warrants fixed term exclusion persists or if the incident is considered to be “grave”. Governors will reserve the right to permanently exclude any pupil who commits such a serious act that in their opinion his or her continued presence in the school would prejudice the health and safety of pupils or staff in the school. Such acts would include sexual assault, an assault on any member of the school community or the possession of an offensive weapon.
ln accordance with the Education Act, corporal punishment is not allowed. All physical contact intended as punishment is included in this (see guidelines on using physical restraint).
PARENTAL SUPPORT HOME SCHOOL AGREEMENT
A Document The Parental Home School Agreement, outlining the rules and responsibilities of staff and pupils will be sent to parents/guardians before their child is admitted to Trinity Catholic College. They will be requested invited to sign the document indicating their support. The Home school agreement outlines the after school detention sanction. The Leadership Team will monitor this.
MONITORING AND EVALUATION OF BEHAVIOUR POLICY
The monitoring and evaluation of the Behaviour Policy is the responsibility of all members of the school community but is a particular responsibility of the Head and the Leadership team. This is to be achieved in a variety of ways:
- Discussion on behaviour and progress, will be held as appropriate during leadership team meetings
- Regular observation of behaviour around school and of classroom environments
- Monitoring of the number of reminder and incidents slips issued by individual members of staff
- Regular meetings with PTL by appropriate leadership Team director, to discuss individuals in each year group.
- Regular reviewing, to evaluate standards of behaviour and thus the quality of learning throughout the school.