The school is aware that it can sanction pupils whose conduct falls below the standard which could reasonably be expected of them as set out in DfE Behaviour in Schools January 2022.
The purpose of sanctions is
- to deter misbehaviour in the future by a particular pupil or other pupils
- to protect pupils if inappropriate behaviour poses risk
- to facilitate behaviour improvement
- to reduce disruption to classes
The imposition of sanctions and providing appropriate support are not mutually exclusive actions. They can occur at the same time if necessary.
If there is a problem with a pupil’s behaviour or work a teacher will choose the most appropriate course of action. This may include:
- An immediate verbal response to the action which is likely to include a verbal reprimand and a reminder of the expectations of behaviour
- A gentle explanation to the child as to why the behaviour was unacceptable.
- The setting of written tasks such as an account of their behaviour
- If unacceptable behaviour persists, the child may be withdrawn from the activity/group for a short period. The child may, for example, be asked to sit at the side of the playground while the PE lesson is going on until they calm down.
- If necessary a child may be asked to see another teacher or the Head in order to have a chat or talk through the issue in order to work out how behaviour can be improved and explore why the bad behaviour happened in the first place.
It is expected that the teacher will choose to report very poor or persistently poor behaviour or work to the Head. In most instances the Head will speak to the child and decide further action. This may include a written exercise, may include additional school work or repeating unsatisfactory work until it meets the required standard; the setting of written tasks as sanctions, for example letters of apology or an essay relevant to the poor behaviour; missing a break or possibly staying after school. Any detention would ensure that the child is safe and does not result in a pupil missing caring responsibilities or medical appointments or mealtimes. A conversation with the parents will follow and the child’s behaviour and work will be monitored.
The teacher is responsible in the first instance for dealing with minor infringements, such as lateness, casual rudeness or disruption in class, and late or poorly completed work. They may impose any of the sanctions above such as the setting of additional work or the pupil may be required to re-do unsatisfactory work. Repetition of this behaviour will be reported to the Head.
If a pupil is not responding to the above, a pupil may be put ‘on report’ for a week or possible two weeks. In this case, a report book will be drawn up and teachers asked to comment on behaviour and work for each lesson. At the beginning and end of each day the pupil will take this to the Head and discuss ways forward and where progress is being made. Regular communication with parents will ensure that messages are being reinforced at home. An improvement in behaviour should be noticeable by the end of this period.
If behaviour does not improve or the misbehaviour is more serious a more serious disciplinary sanction such as suspension or permanent exclusion may be necessary. Suspension provides a cooling off period, during which a pupil can reflect on their actions and provides a firm warning that poor behaviour could jeopardise their place at Trevor-Roberts School.
A very serious breach of school discipline such as a wilful act calculated to cause serious damage to the School, its community or any of its members can result in permanent exclusion. Multiple temporary suspensions may also lead to exclusion. The responsibility for suspensions or permanent exclusion rests with the Heads. Full details of how serious disciplinary matters are investigated and adjudicated on are outlined in the School’s Exclusion Policy.
Under no circumstances is corporal punishment or the threat of corporal punishment permitted.
Persistent lateness to lessons will be reported to the Head.
Repeated lateness (following warning and/or sanctions), or repeated indiscipline in class will be reported to the Head and may lead to a supervised detention after school.
Alternative arrangements for sanctions can be considered on a case-by-case basis for any pupil where the school believes an alternative arrangement would be more effective for that particular pupil, based on their knowledge of that pupil’s personal circumstances. The school should have regard to the impact on consistency and perceived fairness overall when considering any alternative arrangements.
In considering whether a sanction is reasonable in all circumstances, the School will consider whether it is proportionate in the circumstances of the case and consider any special circumstances relevant to its imposition including the pupil’s age, any special educational needs or disability they may have, and any religious requirements affecting them.