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Sanctions system

Sanctions for low-level disruptive behaviour in class

Low‐level disruptive behaviour is:

  • Any behaviour that causes the teacher to pause in their lesson delivery
  • Behaviour that distracts other students from learning
  • Chewing gum/eating sweets/consuming drinks other than water
  • Using mobile phone or music player (see mobile phone section in penalty points)

Disruptive behaviour will be challenged and dealt with using the following procedures:

Class teacher & departmental action Follow-up action Recording of incident

First incident
Verbal warning and name on whiteboard in class

  1. Class teacher (CT) speaks with student at end of lesson
CT records on SIMS
Second incident
Tick against name
  1. Class teacher informs behaviour team (BT) and form tutor (FT)
  2. Form tutor (FT) speaks with student
  3. BT to monitor incident recordings
  4. After three recordings at this stage BT to inform parents and place the student on stage 1 electronic monitoring report for five days
  5. If all three recordings are with a particular subject teacher then BT to liaise with relevant HOD who will place student on dept monitoring report
CT records on SIMS
Third incident
Another tick +
15-minute dept lunchtime detention
  1. Lunchtime DT arranged with student by class teacher
  2. Class teacher informs behaviour team (if the student failed to attend they will be put into a house after-school DT)
  3. BT informs parents and places student on stage 1 electronic monitoring report for five days
  4. BT notifies FT to monitor report & AHT of House to keep informed
  5. BT informs parents & AHT of student’s progress after five days
  6. If progress is good then student comes off report (parents contacted by BT)
CT records on SIMS
Fourth incident
After-school 30-minute house DT + isolation for remainder of lesson within the REP
  1. Message sent to Behaviour Team (BT) to collect the student (work must be provided by the class teacher)
  2. BT contacts parents
  3. BT arranges house after-school DT via SIMS
  4. BT places student on stage 1 monitoring electronic report for five days
  5. BT notifies FT to monitor report and AHT of House to keep informed
  6. BT notifies parents and AHT of student’s progress after five days
  7. If progress is good then the student comes off report (parents contacted by BT)

Action at this point replaces action at third incident - students do not do both

BT records on SIMS
Follow-up action for both of the above levels
  1. If no progress made parents contacted by BT and stage 1 report continues for further five days.
  2. If no progress made parents contacted by BT and arranges parent meeting with AHT to implement stage 2 monitoring for four weeks by implementing a mini pastoral support plan.
  3. After four weeks, if progress good student comes off PSP (AHT meets with parents).
  4. If no progress made AHT meets with parents along with deputy headteacher who takes over stage 3 monitoring for four weeks by implementing a full pastoral support plan (including referral to the inclusion team if needed).
  5. If no progress made DHT meets with parents. Headteacher takes over monitoring and possible implementation of further intervention strategies which may include referral to the inclusion team if needed or referral to the Short Stay School or a managed move.
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Sanctions for serious disruptive behaviour in class

Serious disruption Action Recording of incident

Insolence

Answering back

After-school house DT 30mins + behaviour team isolation for remainder of lesson

  1. Message sent to behaviour team to collect student (work must be provided by the class teacher)
  2. BT arranges after-school DT via SIMS and informs parents
  3. BT places student on stage 1 electronic monitoring report for five days.
  4. BT notifies FT to monitor report and AHT and HOD informed of action.
  5. BT notifies parents and AHT of student’s progress after five days
  6. If progress is good then student comes off report (parents contacted by BT)
  7. 7.If no progress made the action continues as after fourth low-level incident, see above
BT records on SIMS

Bullying in lesson time

Arguing / confrontational

Foul, abusive, racist language towards other students and staff

Aggression or violence towards another student or member of staff

Repeat of fourth incident while on report

Immediate referral to behaviour team and isolation in Referral Point for remainder of day including break and lunch

  1. Message sent to behaviour team (BT)
  2. BT collects student, records incident and contacts parents to arrange re‐introduction to lessons meeting with AHT of house
  3. Work must be provided by the class teacher
  4. BT informs AHT of house and form tutor
  5. AHT meets with student and parent(s)
  6. Re‐introduction to lessons form completed (behaviour targets/further action agreed)

Further action (depending on severity of incident) could be:

  • External fixed-term exclusion (EFTE)
  • An extended period of internal exclusion in the Referral Point or with the inclusion team
  • SLT after-school detention
  • Restorative meeting
  • Placed on stage 2 report to AHT
  • Support plan

 If an EFTE is issued a re‐admittance meeting with student, parents and AHT/HT will be required on return to school. 

At this point intervention strategies might be put in place. This will depend upon a number of factors such as the nature and severity of the incident and the student’s behaviour record.

BT records on SIMS

Sanctions for around school, break and lunchtimes

Issue Action Recording of incident
Any incident that might be interpreted or reported as bullying
  1. Student(s) escorted to the Referral Point (REP)
  2. Behaviour team (BT) records details of incident
  3. Any witness statements taken by BT
  4. BT informs AHoH, form tutor and parents
  5. Circumstances of incident will determine subsequent action
  6. Decision made by AHT, action could include a period of internal exclusion in the REP, SLT detention, report, meeting with parents, restorative approach, external fixed-term exclusion (EFTE)
BT records on SIMS

Aggressive/violent behaviour

Swearing / abusive language (in general)

Vandalism

Smoking

Drugs

Alcohol

Substance abuse
  1. Student(s) escorted to the Referral Point
  2. Behaviour team (BT) records details of incident
  3. Any witness statements taken
  4.  Student(s) remain in Referral Point for rest of break/lunch and possibly rest of the school day (see point 6)
  5.  BT informs AHT of house and form tutor and parents
  6. Further action may be implemented depending upon severity of incident and frequency that a particular student has committed a particular incident e.g further break/lunch DTs or period of internal exclusion in the Referral Point, SLT DT, external fixed-term exclusion
  7. Students may also be searched if suspected of possessing weapons, cigarettes, drugs, alcohol (see policy)
BT records on SIMS
Eating and drinking in corridors
  1. Students re‐directed to designated eating areas
  2. Refusal = penalty point and form tutor informed
 
Running in corridors
  1. Student(s) challenged and reminded of school rules
 
Dropping litter
  1. Student(s) given litter picker and spend ten minutes accompanying duty staff to collect litter around school site
 

The Referral Point (REP)

Objectives:

  • To provide an alternative sanction to external fixed term exclusion of up to five days.

  • Provide opportunity for staff to withdraw students from specific lessons as a result of ongoing behaviour issues.

  • Enable staff to respond to serious disruption by withdrawing a student and placing them in an alternative environment.
  • Isolate potentially dangerous or seriously disruptive behaviour, thereby minimising the impact on the learning of others.
  • Ensure there is a calm and secure environment for students who are not behaving appropriately.

Protocol:

  • Please see sanctions systems above.
  • The behaviour team will inform staff of the placement and classroom teachers will send work to the room.
  • Follow‐up action will be implemented as outlined above.