If a school is to focus on a quality of teaching and learning then, in addition to the provision of good teaching from good teachers, pupils must be ready for, and able to, learn.
Learning can be impeded by poor behaviour, both in the classroom, and outside of the classroom. However if staff and pupils are able to see a clear set of guidelines that can be followed and are consistently and fairly implemented then learning can take place.
Boundaries and consequences
The heart of this policy at Blessed Hugh Faringdon Catholic School is that each child is responsible for the actions they chose to undertake: they choose and they decide.
Actions they choose will have consequences. Good choices will result in praise and rewards: poor choices result in consequences. If a child breaks a rule there will be a consequence so the responsibility for avoiding the consequence lies with the person who is the potential rule breaker.
Equally the rewards system should lead to good decisions being recorded and highlighted in assemblies, on display boards, letters to parents, pupil of the month etc.
6 Levels of Consequence
- C1 Verbal warning (by class teacher or other adult).
- C2 Second verbal warning (by class teacher or other adult).
- C3 Detention for one hour – within 2-3 days.
- C4 Internal exclusion leading to parental interview.
- C5 Fixed term exclusion.
- C6 Permanent exclusion.
C1 Verbal Warning
A pupil who is rude, shouts out, disobeys instructions or behaves inappropriately will be issued with a Consequence One (C1) by the class teacher. These verbal warnings are not to be centrally recorded but should be noted by the class teacher e.g. on the board, in notebook etc. Teachers need to be calm and decisive in giving a warning to a pupil. Examples of where a C1 can be communicated to a pupil are;
- Rudeness eg chatting back to a teacher or other adult, talking whilst teacher is talking, making comments to other pupils which cause them to react.
- Shouting out.
- Disobeying instructions of a teacher or other adult.
- Behaving inappropriately eg moving around without permission, throwing pens or paper across room.
Remember - as part of the Blessed Hugh Faringdon Catholic School strategies for effective teaching and learning to take place; we need to give pupils a time and a chance to correct any misbehaviour eg I will give you time to pick up that pen but if you refuse to do so then there will be a consequence.
C2 Final Warning
If a pupil persists in being rude, shouts out, disobeys instructions or behaves inappropriately then a second, final warning, is issued.
If a C2 is ignored then a C3 should occur. The issuing of C2 gives a pupil the choice and chance to make the final, right, decision.
C3 – Detention Slip
A detention will be issued for one hour, to be undertaken within 2/3 days of the award. A detention slip needs to be completed and placed in a box in the Main Office where the Pastoral Administrator will enter details onto Progresso and the pupil and parents will be informed of the detention.
Reasons for awarding a C3 are as follows;
- Continued rudeness. For example, chatting back to a teacher or other adult, talking whilst teacher is talking, making comments to other pupils which cause them to react.
- Continual shouting out.
- Continual disobeying instructions of a teacher or other adult.
- Continual inappropriate behaviour eg moving around without permission, throwing pens or paper across room.
- Not properly equipped for a lesson
- Failure to complete, satisfactorily, classwork, homework or coursework.
- Being late for a lesson.
- Deliberately offensive language, e.g. swearing, racist/sexist comments or innuendo etc.
Around The School and Out of Class
- Running or shouting in corridors.
- Pushing another pupil especially between lessons
- Chewing of gum (leading to damage to school property)
- Inappropriate uniform or hairstyle e.g. wrong shirts / ties missing / wearing trainers instead of shoes etc.
- Taking food out of dining hall.
- Truanting from a lesson.
- Damaging the reputation of the school, e.g. on public transport.
- “Bundling" in corridors.
- Failure to respond to a reasonable request from a prefect or 6th Former.
C4 – Internal exclusion
This will be awarded when a direct challenge to the authority of the classroom teacher occurs. This challenge to the teacher’s authority has to be over and above all of the reasons listed for a C3. Any adult in the school who feels that the authority of the school has been challenged may issue a C4.
A pupil will be excluded from the lesson and will not return to school until parents have been telephoned or seen by the teacher or adult who has issued the C4.
The pupil excluded should be sent to the Focus Room (escorted by another pupil) where the issue of the C4 will recorded (staff will need to complete a blue C4 incident form). Pupils will not go back to their normal, timetabled, lessons for the rest of the day. The pupil will need work from every lesson they have been excluded from, at staff will have to provide this.
At the end of the day the pupil will receive/collect a letter telling parents that contact will be made with them by the teacher or adult.
The member of staff who has been challenged by the pupil will need to complete an Incident form, giving details of the situation, and return this Form to the Pastoral Administrator. This will then be recorded onto Progresso.
Staff and pupils need to be aware that the decision to internally exclude is a serious one and, because of the involvement of parents, staff will need to be sure that they are correct in their decision to exclude.
C5 - Fixed term exclusion
Exclusion resulting from:
- Physical or verbal intimidation of staff or pupils.
- Misuse of internet facilities.
- Persistent behaviour relating to C3 above.
- Failure to attend a detention.
- Writing graffiti.
- Any other serious concerns not mentioned above.
*When a serious fight occurs parents must be contacted/seen by the Year Leader in response to the situation. Pupils may be sent home and a decision about a fixed term exclusion will be made when all the evidence has been collected and analysed.
C6 – Permanent exclusion
Exclusion resulting from:
- Persistent behaviour relating to C5 above.
- Bringing or using offensive weapons into or near school.
- Bringing or using drugs into or near school.
- Serious violent behaviour against staff or pupils.
The success of this approach will depend on all members of the school community, staff and pupils, understanding, applying and adhering to the “Behaviour for Learning” approach: pupils learn best in a safe, secure, supportive environment and “Behaviour for Learning” should provide this.
If any member of staff does not work as part of the teaching team in applying “Behaviour for Learning” then it will fail. It is about all staff applying a level of consistency that will allow learning to take place.