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Behaviour Policy (Secondary School)

We believe that all our children are precious gifts of God and as such that they all have a right to feel respected, safe in class and have the opportunity to achieve their full “God given talents.”

Introduction

The school policy for behaviour management was developed and agreed by the Secondary School staff. Our collective aim is to enable all children in school to reach their educational potential and it is vital that we maintain acceptable standards of behaviour in the classroom and around the school in order to achieve this. The implementation of this policy is the responsibility of all of the staff within the school community.


Behaviour at Trinity – Principles

“All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching,

for showing people what is wrong in their lives,

for correcting faults, and for teaching how to live right.”

2 Timothy 3:16-17(NCV)

 

The principles which shape the behaviour of pupils within a Christian school must convey truth about God and the ways in which he wants individuals to behave personally and in community. They should reflect that God has all authority, is righteous, just, merciful, gracious, loving and slow to become angry. These principles recognise that every child is a gift from God.
The principles include:

  • Establishing an understanding of God’s nature;
  • Developing a child’s conscience and ability to discern right from wrong in order to make   wise choices;
  • Encouraging a respect for authority;
  • Nurturing self-discipline and self-control in each child;
  • Teaching each child how to form and maintain godly relationships;
  • Teaching godly principles of responsible community living;
  • Creating the conditions for an orderly community in which effective learning can take place;
  • Establishing and maintaining a consistent and fair approach to the management of the behaviour of pupils throughout the school.

The above principles will lead to Trinity having a relaxed, pleasant atmosphere where pupils are able to give their best in the classroom. Pupils will be encouraged and stimulated to fulfil their potential. In order to achieve this, a positive policy of encouraging appropriate attitudes through praise and rewards is necessary.

Good Behaviour

At Trinity Christian School, we expect pupils:

  • To be polite;
  • To be respectful;
  • To be sensitive to the needs of others and to their property;
  • Not to take the law into their own hands;
  • To respect and follow the school rules.

 

To manage disruptive behaviour the following procedures should be applied by all Teachers:

Trinity Christian School provides a significant amount of pastoral support for all its pupils and as such all cohorts are provided with designated Form Teachers.  Form Teachers must be informed when a referral or detention has been administered and as such will meet with pupils to provide “pastoral intervention”.

In line with legislation the use of any kind of corporal punishment is strictly forbidden at Trinity Christian School

  1. 1. A firm verbal warning should be given from the teacher to the pupil showing disruptive behaviour in the lesson. This action is known as STRIKE 1
  1. If disruption continues in the lesson, the teacher should write the pupil’s name on the top left section of the whiteboard – the teacher should not speak to the pupil at this stage as the verbal warning was given earlier in Strike 1. This action is known as STRIKE 2
  1. If disruption continues the pupil’s name should receive an “x” against it and the pupil should be sent out of the classroom to the teacher who is on REFFERAL DUTY.
    This action is known as STRIKE 3.

If the pupil refuses to leave the classroom the teacher should ask another adult to contact the Headteacher. If another adult is not available the teacher should send another pupil to alert the Headteacher. Should the Headteacher be unavailable or teaching, a Senior Management member should be alerted. Should they be unavailable, the teacher on PPA should be alerted.

Referrals only apply to one lesson at a time – in the event of a double or triple lesson (i.e. Art or Graphics) the pupil should be allowed back into the lesson once the bell has been sounded.

All pupils placed on referral will receive an automatic 30-minute detention (detentions do require a minimum of 24 hours notice being given to parents). It is the duty of the teacher who initiated the referral system to place the pupil on detention and complete the appropriate detention paper work.

A detention slip should be completed and one copy given to the pupil to take home and another one for the Tutor.  A staff member will then text the parent to advise of the detention.

N.B. In the instance of gross misconduct – a pupil can proceed straight to Strike 3 without having to proceed through Strikes 1 and 2.

Any pupil receiving 3 or more referrals in one week will receive an automatic suspension of one school day. The Governing Body will be contacted in writing should any pupil receive a one day suspension.

Any pupils receiving more than 9 referrals in any one term will receive an automatic suspension of three school days. The Governing Body will be contacted in writing should any pupil receive a three day suspension. At this stage the Governing Body will interview the family of the pupil before allowing that pupil back into school and will seek reassurance that the disruptive behaviour will cease.

Any pupil who receives a total of 3 suspensions in any one academic year will be deemed to be at risk of full expulsion. The Governing Body reserves the right to withdraw a pupil from school should this stage be reached.

Disruptive behaviour is classified as: 

  • Showing defiant behaviour to staff and failing to carry out instructions from staff
  • Showing disrespect to staff
  • Showing disrespect to pupils
  • Showing threatening or aggressive behaviour to staff which includes “any physical contact or verbal aggression
  • Showing threatening or aggressive behaviour to pupils which includes “any physical contact or verbal aggression”

Any pupils who show disruptive behaviour at break/lunch/before or after school will receive the appropriate sanctions.

All Teachers and Governors should be CONSISTENT in carrying out this Behaviour Policy.

 

Revision Date Autumn 2018