The BST Behaviour Policy

 

All members of the school are expected to help maintain a positive atmosphere conducive to learning, with courtesy, mutual respect, and the tenets of the Core Values as basic requirements.

 

At the BST we aim to promote:

  • Self-esteem
  • Self-control
  • Respect for others, both children andadults
  • A sense of value of property for both personal andschool resources
  • A collaborative and safe learning environment securefrom aggression andintimidation
  • The spirit of the CoreValues;
  • Kindness
    • Commitment
    • Honesty
    • Respect.

 

Implementation

  • All children should be familiar with the Core Values.They should be reminded of them at the beginning of each academic year and as often as necessarythereafter.
  • Each class teacher, or department, may establish their own class rules in addition to the school rulesoutlined below (ideally with the children participating in this process).
  • All rules and their examples should be easily understood and designed to encourage children to develop responsibility for their ownbehavior.
  • All children should be familiar with their class andschool rules.
  • Reward charts should be prominently displayed inprimary and Merit Mark cards carried by students inKS3.
  • The class teacher and assistant as well as all other staff must act as positive role models for the children and provide pastoral support for pupils in adhering toschool rules and accepting sanctions asappropriate.
  • The class teacher should feel free to call on the supportof their colleagues and seniormanagement.

 

 

Rewards

We consider it is important that praise and rewards shouldhave a considerable emphasis within school and students will thus achieve recognition for a positive contribution to school life. At the BST we feel it is as important to reward effort and a positive attitude as it is to award achievement.

 

Implementation of Rewards

Examples of formal rewards include:

  • MeritMarks
  • Stars
  • Badges andstickers
  • Certificates
  • HouseCaptains
  • School Councilrepresentatives
  • Prefects
  • HeadBoy/Girl

Examples of informal rewards include:

  • General praise and encouragement in lessons,which should be used as much aspossible
  • The Academic Director or other appropriate membersof senior staff to be invited to praise individuals, groups or classes, being invited into classrooms asappropriate
  • Pupils’ work to be displayed as much as possible inorder

to give recognition to it

  • Mentions in newsletters for academic and non-academic achievements
  • Positive feedback lettershome

 

School Rules

  • To bepunctual
  • To move around the school safely, with considerationfor others
  • To listen to and followinstructions
  • To play in a safe way with consideration forothers
  • To speak in an appropriatemanner
  • To speak in English at alltimes
  • To take pride in ones work andappearance
  • To act thoughtfully and with consideration forothers
  • To respect the property of the school andothers
  • Full and correct uniform must be worn at all times, including the correct shoes and sensible hair bandsfor girls
  • Desks, lockers and rooms must be kepttidy
  • Homework and classwork must be fully completedand neatly presented. It must be handed inpromptly
  • To be quiet when the teacher isspeaking
  • To listen to oneanother
  • To be kind, considerate and try to helpothers
  • To be honest, responsible andpolite
  • To respectproperty
  • To line up quietly when asked to doso
  • To enter classrooms sensibly with the correctequipment
  • To try one’sbest
  • To include colleagues in work andplay
  • To treat others as you would like to betreated
  • To communicate with a trusting adult over anyconcern

Principles of good behaviour

 

Sanctions

Sanctions should reflect the seriousness of an incident and convey a deterrent effect. Depending on the seriousness of the incident and its frequency (including the length of time over which the incidents have been carried out), one or more of the following sanctions may be applied:

 

  • Verbalwarnings
  • Break time, lunchtime and afterschooldetentions
  • Placement onto a behavioural report to be filled in, reviewed and signeddaily
  • Confiscation ofproperty
  • Letter home toparents
  • In-school parentmeetings
  • Exclusion from schooltrips
  • Exclusion: fixed term orpermanent

 

 

 

Bullying Sanctions

 

In relation to bullying all of the above sanctions apply and will reflect the level of severity. The level of involvement of each particularstudentwillalsobeassessed.Inadditionthefollowing actions will be considered, and if necessary carriedout.

  • Suspected instigators will be interviewedindividually.
  • It will be made clear why their behaviourwas inappropriate and causeddistress.
  • They will be offered guidance on modifying their behaviour, together with any appropriatedisciplinary sanctions
  • A way forward including disciplinary sanctionsand counselling should beagreed
  • Phone or electronic equipment may be confiscatedand reviewed in incidences ofcyber-bullying
  • Instigators may be required to change class oryear-group
    • Particular students may be indefinitely separatedduring playtime andlunch
    • In severe cases parents of instigators may be required to collect their children from classrooms and supervise them on the wayhome

 

 

Exclusion

The Academic Director has the power to exclude a student. This will be considered when the continued presence of the student will cause distress and suffering to others, or where there has been a serious breach in school rules.

Before deciding to exclude a pupil the Academic Director will:

  • Ensure that an appropriate investigation has beenconducted
  • Ensure that all the relevant evidence has beenconsidered
  • Give the student an opportunity to beheard
  • Consult other relevant people asnecessary

 

Exclusion Procedure

  • Inform parents about the exclusion (by telephone, with a follow-up letter within one schoolday)
  • The following information should beprovided:
  • The length of theexclusion
  • The reasons for theexclusion
  • The date and time that the student should return toschool
  • Arrangements for settingwork

 

 

 

 

Equal Opportunities

In making decisions about exclusion the Academic Director will take into account anyspecialeducationalneeds,disabilities,genderandculturaldifferencesthatmay be relevant to thecase.

 

 

PRIMARY

 

Sanction

1

Sanction 2

Sanction 3

Misuse of equipment

Class disruption

 

Verbal warning

Loss of 15 mins playtime

Lunch detention 30mins

Speaking Spanish

KS1

Verbal

reminder

 

 

 

KS2

Verbal reminder

Name in book

If name in 3 times

lunch detention 30 mins

Punctuality

 

Verbal

warning

Teacher speak to

parents

Head of Primary

speak to parents

Uniform/appearance

 

Call

parents

 

 

 

Incomplete homework

 

Warning to bring the following

day

Letter home for parents to sign

Call parents in

Rudeness/swearing

 

Verbal

warning

Call parents in

Suspension (3 days)

 

 

 

 

 

Aggression Stealing

 

Call parents

in

Suspension (3 days)

 

Bullying

 

See BST Behaviour Policy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SECONDARY

 

 

Sanction 1

Sanction 2

Sanction 3

Misuse of equipment Classdisruption

 

 

Verbal warning

Lunch detention

After school detention

(1 hour)

Speaking Spanish

 

KS3+ 4

Verbal warning

After school

detention

Saturday detention

(3 hrs)

 

 

KS5

Verbal warning

After school detention + Loss of special

privileges

Saturday detention (3 hrs) + Loss of special

privileges

Misbehaviour on bus, excursions,

 

 

After school

detention

Saturday detention

(3 hrs)

Banned from next

event

 

Sports

competitions

 

 

 

 

 

Punctuality

 

 

Verbal warning

3 in a week

= letter home

After school detention

(1 hour)

Use of mobiles, smartwatches

 

 

24h confiscatio n

After school detention + Confiscatio

n (1 week)

Saturday detention (3 hrs) + Confiscatio

n (2 weeks)

Uniform/appearanc e

 

 

Call parents + Lunch detention

Letter home + After school

detention (1h)

Saturday detention (3 hrs)

Incomplete class work or homework

 

 

After school detention 3.00 – 3.30 (24h

notice)

2 After school detentions 3.00 – 3.30 (24h

notice)

Saturday detention (3 hrs)

Swearing/rudeness

To student s

 

After school detention

(1h)

2 After school detentions

Saturday detention (3 hrs)

 

To staff

 

Temporary Exclusion

(3 days)

Permanent Exclusion

-

Aggression Stealing

 

 

2 After

school detentions

Temporary

Exclusion (3 days)

Permanent Exclusion

Destruction of property

 

 

 

2 After

school detentions

Temporary

Exclusion (3 days)

Permanent Exclusion

Smoking on school premises or

in vicinity of

school

 

 

Temporary Exclusion (3 days)

Temporary Exclusion(1 week)

Permanent Exclusion

 

Drinking

alcohol/drug taking

 

 

Permanent

Exclusion

-

-

Bullying

 

 

At the discretion of the

Academic Director

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Academic Director reserves the right to modify this policy document. Updated October 2017

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