Behaviour

Behaviour

Why do we need a behaviour policy?

The law requires schools to have a written behaviour and attendance policy. Ofsted reports that schools are most effective where the behaviour policy is applied consistently. Our behaviour and attendance policy helps us to create a caring, stimulating and secure environment in which staff and students can work and engage safely and to encourage the involvement of Parents/Carers in the development of their child.

Why do we need a behaviour policy?

The law requires schools to have a written behaviour and attendance policy. Ofsted reports that schools are most effective where the behaviour policy is applied consistently. Our behaviour and attendance policy helps us to create a caring, stimulating and secure environment in which staff and students can work and engage safely and to encourage the involvement of Parents/Carers in the development of their child.

We aim to enable our students to:

What are the principles of our behaviour policy?

How do we implement our Behaviour policy?

School Ethos

Rossett School provides an education for all, acknowledging that the society in which we live is enriched by diversity.  We strive to recognise and celebrate the diversity within our school community, where everyone is equally valued and treats one another with respect and fairness.

Expectations of the school community:

Staff & Governors

To lead by example, be consistent, to have high expectations and uphold the values of the school.  To provide and deliver an appropriate curriculum (and support) and encourage communication between home and school.

Students

To be resilient, reflective and to take responsibility for what they do.  To respect and support others.  To attend on time, properly equipped, and participate.

Parents

To support the school’s values and expectations.  To take an active and supportive interest in their child’s work and progress.  To engage/communicate with the school as necessary.

Curriculum

At Rossett School, through our curriculum, we teach students the above mentioned principles in all we do. Personal Development time, PSHEE and citizenship address our ethos and expectations directly.
We believe that an appropriately structured curriculum and effective learning contribute to good behaviour. Thorough planning for the needs of individual students, the active involvement of students in their own learning and structured feedback all help to avoid the alienation and disaffection which can lie at the root of poor behaviour. It follows that lessons should have clear objectives which are understood by the students and differentiated to meet the needs of a range of abilities. Marking and record keeping can be used both as a supportive activity, providing feed-back to the students on their progress and achievements and as a signal that the student’s efforts are valued and progress matters.

SCHOOL SYSTEMS

Rewards

All staff have access to SIMS and should use this electronic system to record merits given for:

Merits can be awarded by any staff at Rossett. We ask that approximately one sixth of students should be awarded merits each lesson. We also encourage staff to catch students who are ‘getting it right’.

The weekly tally is processed and made available to staff.  This data can be sorted according to the wishes of the year team (gender split, form by form, top student performers) within any time frame.  In this way Directors of Studies and Directors of Learning can use this information for monitoring the rewards process.

We can celebrate student success by awarding a certificate (and sending a letter home) at the following ‘landmarks’:

50 merits           Bronze Award              Certificate        + letter from Tutor

100 merits         Silver Award                Certificate        + letter from Director of Learning

200 merits         Gold Award                Certificate        + letter from Deputy Headteacher

300 merits         Platinum Award           Certificate        + letter from Headteacher

400 merits         Diamond Award         Certificate        + letter from Chair of Governors

Alongside this is a scheme that allows for commendations for individual pieces of work or progress.  This could be rewarded with ‘one off’ rewards – well done board/star for the week/postcards.  In the Sixth Form commendation letters are sent from the Headteacher and Director of Sixth Form and student praise is ‘messaged’ on the plasma screen and by praise in assemblies.

In addition the Headteacher, at the end of each learning cycle, sends a commendation letter to the students with the highest effort grades/progress in each year group.

Strengths:

This school rewards good behaviour, as it believes that this will develop an ethos of kindness and co-operation.

Sanctions

The use of sanctions should be characterised by certain features:

5 simple classroom expectations are displayed in every room:

Students need to understand the consequences of their behaviour and take responsibility for their actions

All staff must:

Support systems for individual student need (in line with the school’s Inclusion Policy):

Support systems for Parents/Carers

At Rossett School we embrace the ‘triangle of care’ between students, parents and staff. We encourage parents to discuss any issues concerning the academic welfare of their child with us – along with any other concerns or issues that may affect the student. We foster parental involvement in their child’s education through regular reporting and parent consultation evenings, having a Student Support Officer attached to each year group, first day of absence contact home, a wide variety of extended schools activities, the school web and twitter sites and the ‘Rossett News Update’.  Parental access to information about their child held by the school is available via SIMS Learning Gateway.

Linked policies:

Behaviour Policy – Anti-Bullying

Behaviour Policy – Anti-Bullying student version

Behaviour Policy – Choices & Consequences

Equality, Diversity and Community Cohesion Policy

 

Adopted by Governors: July 2011

Reviewed: July 2016

Next Review: July 2017