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Kettering Buccleuch Academy

Secondary Behaviour Policy

REVIEWED BY: Safeguarding Committee November 2016

DATE AGREED BY GOVERNORS: November 2016

DATE OF NEXT REVIEW: December 2017

Behaviour Policy

This policy sets out the expectations of behaviour for secondary students at Kettering Buccleuch Academy and its approach in ensuring that all students and staff are safe and able to thrive in a positive learning environment in keeping with its core aims and values to bring out the ‘best in everyone’.

The implementation of this policy will enable students to engage in learning in the classroom uninterrupted by disruption.

The policy also enables teachers to comply with teaching and learning standards set out by the DFE which states that all staff have a responsibility to; promote good behaviour, self-discipline and respect, prevent bullying and create positive and effective learning environments.

Aims

· To provide a safe, secure environment where all members of the community can flourish, thrive and feel a sense of belonging and fulfil their potential in keeping with the academy’s core values.

· Ensure that appropriate behaviour is a thread that runs through activities and lessons in the whole academy and that all staff are aware of behaviour and reward systems.

· To promote self-discipline, regard for authority and a fair, safe learning environment for all.

· To promote a positive environment of praise, reward, celebration and encouragement.

To achieve these aims we will:

Ensure that the academy curriculum makes provision to promote and celebrate positive behaviour and rewards.

Employ systems to maintain a high standard of behaviour and respect for others throughout the academy.

Foster an ethos of inquiry and risk-taking amongst students where success is seen as a journey rather than a destination.

Ensure that any incidents of discrimination/ unacceptable behaviour are recorded, monitored and addressed appropriately.

Engage parents so that both academy and home can work together to support students in behaving appropriately and in a way that does not impact on achievement or safety.

Encourage a positive relationship with parents; ensuring that all parents are aware of expectations.

Supporting Behaviour For Learning

We acknowledge that positive behaviour is a pre-requisite for effective teaching and learning, to which all students have equal access and with equal regard. We will ensure the reinforcement of positive behaviour at individual, class and academy levels, supported by positive adult role models.

This policy aims not only to promote a set of values for Kettering Buccleuch Academy, but a set of values that our students will carry with them beyond our doors. Our aim is to deliver a curriculum that promotes the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of the students in our care and supports our philosophy of educating students for life.

Our policy seeks to lead students towards high self-esteem and self-discipline. Good discipline arises from positive relationships and from setting expectations of good behaviour.

Rewards

The academy’s rewards are used as a strategy to inspire, enthuse and motivate students to fulfil their potential. Our aim is for all lessons to be rewards led. The use of rewards should be used before punishment in order to develop a positive ethos in the classroom and around the building.

Praise and rewards are linked to effort, willingness, co-operation, thoughtfulness, personal achievement etc. Rewards are given when effort is:

  • above the standard for that group
  • above the standard for that student
  • consistently good

All academy staff are able to use rewards such as verbal praise, telephone calls to parents, the organisation of letters / texts to parents and public celebration of success in forums such as Friday Celebration Briefings and the academy newsletter, Ignite.

Specific rewards for secondary students include:

House Merits

Students in secondary years are allocated House Merits. Merits can be allocated by staff for reasons including;

  • Excellent work in a lesson
  • Excellent behaviour in a lesson
  • Excellent homework
  • Participation in an extra-curricular activity
  • Good citizenship – act of kindness

House Points

All staff at Kettering Buccleuch Academy (teaching and non-teaching) have an allocation of 2 House Points per term (12 House Points in total).

House Points are only awarded for ‘beyond outstanding’ outcomes by students.

House Points are the ‘gold bars’ of the rewards system.

Once a House Point has been awarded the following happens:

· The House Point is logged on an administrative database

  • The House Point is added to the House Point Totaliser

· A House Point Certificate is produced for the student which includes the reason for it being awarded.

House Points can be awarded at any time in the relevant term.

House Championship

Each year, students in all year groups compete in a range of competitions for the KBA House Championship. The winning House is presented with The Buccleuch Cup and enjoys a reward activity at the end of Term 6.

House Honours

Students have the opportunity to achieve a House Honours badge. In order to achieve this reward they have to meet criteria relating to academic age related expectations, representing the academy in sporting teams, performing or participating in events and representing their House in the wider community.

Pride in Perfection Awards

Each term students can achieve perfection. They are awarded a certificate at the end of each term in their House Assembly.

Students’ pictures are displayed on their tutor board and students move from a ‘wood’ certificate to a ‘diamond certificate if they achieve perfection in all 6 terms.

Perfection is meeting all of the following criteria:

  • 100% Attendance
  • Perfect Behaviour
  • No Learning Recovery Time
  • Perfect Punctuality
  • No Lates

· An average of less than 2 points for Attitude to Learning and Behaviour in all subject areas each term

Form of the Week

This title is awarded to a form in each year group during their assembly time related to attendance, behaviour and punctuality.

This information is displayed on TV screens located around the building, immediately after their assembly.

Forms can still achieve/ collect certificates during their assembly time if they have achieved the following during the previous week.

• Perfect attendance

• Perfect behaviour

• Perfect punctuality

Each of these certificates will contribute towards the completion of their ‘Formopoly’ Board (see below) and a maximum of 4 certificates can be achieved/collected each week.

Houseopoly Boards

Each form group has a ‘Houseopoly’ board displayed in their tutor room.

Each certificate they achieve in their assembly (see above) advances them on one space on their ‘Houseopoly’ board.

The concept is that they complete their board and achieve rewards along the way and upon completion.

If a ‘white’ board is completed throughout the course of the year then tutor groups will move on to a ‘gold’ board where rewards will be significantly greater.

There are rewards (FORM TUTOR / HOH / DEPUTY PRINCIPAL / PRINICPAL) along the way, which will usually consist of breakfast in registration right through to a sit down meal, with the principal.

There are also ‘community chest’ and ‘chance’ boxes which Head Of House will bring around for tutor teams to open which consist of rewards or hurdles towards completing their ‘Houseopoly’ board.

Attendance Rewards

Students whose attendance meets or exceeds expectations relating to attendance are able to access a range of rewards including:

· Letters home

· Entry into the termly Every Day Counts Prize Draw

· Attendance at Attendance Rewards Concerts and high status House events.

Consistency Framework

Staff and students are expected to conform to the expectations of behaviour set out in the Consistency Framework (Appendix A). This document was produced in consultation with parents, staff, students, governors and members of the local community.

The Consistency Framework expresses a clear vision of the standards of behaviour expected by all. Please refer to Appendix B to see our Sanctions Ladder.

Learning Recovery Time

We believe in giving every child the best possible education including times when students are not always following the academy rules. We use the LRT Learning Recovery Time as an opportunity to recover the time lost when students miss lessons or have been disruptive to make sure they are completing the learning that has been disturbed.

There are several levels in the LRT system, ranging from 10 minutes to isolation, depending on the severity of the students’ action. During Learning Recovery Time the emphasis is not on punishment but on ensuring students recover any lost learning time. If required work on behaviour modification is provided to ensure students make the most of every learning opportunity.

Learning Recovery Room

The academy makes provision which allows students who are not meeting the requirements of the Consistency Framework to be placed in isolation away from other students for a limited period. This facility is known as the Learning Recovery Room and is supervised by a House Officer between the hours of 8 AM and 4:30 PM.

The use of the Learning Recovery Room enables students to reflect upon the choices they have made and to develop their understanding of the behavioural expectations within the academy. Students are also able to access Edlounge in order to undertake specific learning activities.

Students placed in the Learning Recovery Room lose privileges afforded to other students such as free time at break and lunch times.

Fixed Term Exclusion

Students may be excluded from the academy for a fixed period of time at the discretion of the Principal. Students may be excluded for any incidents which persistently disrupt the learning of other students, intimidation/bullying or persistent defiance and disregard of academy rules.

Students may also be excluded for a single serious incident at the discretion of the Principal.

Students will be provided with work for the exclusion period. During this time they should not be seen in a public place.

Parents of students receiving a fixed-term exclusion will be invited to attend a re-admission meeting with a senior member of staff to discuss ways in which students can improve their behaviour.

Please refer to United Learning’s Exclusion Policy for further information.

Permanent Exclusion

Students may be permanently excluded from the academy for on-going disruption of other students learning where students and parents have been informed previously and students have been unable to modify behaviour in response to support received.

Students may be excluded permanently from the academy if they have been involved in a single serious incident which may include, but is not exclusive to; bringing into the academy drugs, knives, weapons, or fireworks, intimidation, bullying or serious assault.

Misuse of substances

The academy is committed to the health and safety of its members and will make every effort to safeguard their well-being.

A drug is any substance which affects the way in which the body functions either physically, emotionally or mentally. It includes legally available substances such as alcohol, tobacco, caffeine and solvents; over-the-counter and prescribed medicines and illegal drugs.

The academy will search students where there is good reason to suspect that they are in possession of a harmful substances. If the academy finds any illegal substances these will always be handed over to the police.

The academy will discipline students who bring harmful substances onto academy appropriately.

Searches

Teachers have the authority to search students where they reasonably believe that they are in possession of any of the items listed below;

  • Knives and weapons
  • Alcohol
  • Illegal drugs
  • Stolen or missing items
  • Lighters, matches,tobacco,cigarette papers and other smoking paraphernalia
  • Fireworks
  • Pornographic images

· Any article that the member of staff reasonably suspects has been or is likely to be used to commit an offense or cause personal injury or damage to another person or property.

All of the above items are banned. If any of the above are found to be in a student’s possession the items will be confiscated. Weapons and knives and extreme or child pornography will always be handed over to the police otherwise it is for the teacher to decide if and when to return a confiscated item.

Confiscation

Any of the above named items can be confiscated by academy staff. Further items which are also banned in the academy and may also be confiscated until an appropriate time for them to be returned include, but are not exclusive to; hoodies, baseball caps and jewellery.

Use Of Reasonable Force

All academy staff have the power to use reasonable force to prevent students committing and offence, injuring themselves or others or damaging property, and to maintain good order and discipline in the classroom.

Specific instances of when reasonable force can be used are set out in the Department For Education’s Use Of Reasonable Force guidance (July 2013). This states that schools can use reasonable force to:

· remove disruptive children from the classroom where they have refused to follow an instruction to do so;

· prevent a pupil behaving in a way that disrupts a school event or a school trip or visit;

· prevent a pupil leaving the classroom where allowing the pupil to leave would risk their safety or lead to behaviour that disrupts the behaviour of others;

· prevent a pupil from attacking a member of staff or another pupil, or to stop a fight in the playground; and

· restrain a pupil at risk of harming themselves through physical outbursts.

Kettering Buccleuch Academy does not have a ‘no contact’ policy as such a policy might place a member of staff in breach of their duty of care towards a pupil, or prevent them taking action needed to prevent a pupil causing harm.

Bullying and Prejudice Related Incidents

Bullying and prejudice related incidents will be recorded and monitored in keeping with the 2010 Equality Act. Appropriate action will be taken to support both the perpetrator and the victim. Guidance is given to all staff with regard to the nature of bullying and prejudice related incidents.

Such incidents will be reported to stakeholders as appropriate.