Behaviour Policy

 Manchester Mesivta

 Behaviour Policy

Good behaviour is necessary for effective learning to take place.


Behaviour is the way we act and respond to others and to situations we find ourselves in.


All students will

  • Treat other young people  and adults with respect
  • Speak politely to other people
  • Have self-confidence and high self-esteem
  • Aim for 100% attendance and punctuality
  • Take care of all school equipment and buildings

Learning to behave

The school aims to provide a safe, secure, supportive environment where students can learn and teachers can teach.  There is a direct link between the way young people learn and their behaviour.  It is the job of staff at all levels to help and encourage students’ understanding of socially acceptable and appropriate behaviour.

To encourage this, staff will:

  • Model exemplary behaviour
  • Treat all children and adults with respect
  • Speak politely to each other
  • Build student confidence and self-esteem through positive reinforcement
  • Avoid using critical or sarcastic language
  • Recognise student effort and achievements on a regular basis and celebrate success
  • Keep parents informed about success, efforts and achievements
  • Challenge unacceptable behaviour
  • Work in partnership with parents through regular contact to help improve behaviour

We will not accept the following behaviour:

  • Disrupting the learning of others
  • Rude or inappropriate language
  • Acts of aggression or any kind of physical violence
  • Bullying or intimidation
  • Racist, sexist or homophobic comments
  • Vandalism

If unacceptable behaviour occurs, members of staff will:

  • Challenge the behaviour
  • Tell the child what we find unacceptable and why
  • Explain how they could have behaved differently, modelling what they could have done or said
  • Try to find out why the child is behaving this way
  • If the poor behaviour is repeated, or if it is judged to be serious, it will be passed to the School Leadership Team to deal with.

REWARDS and SANCTIONS


Rewards


Throughout the school day staff can award you a green card which is recorded on the school computer system. You can be awarded a card for a number of reasons which include: 

  1. Excellent behaviour
  2. Outstanding work
  3. Helping staff
  4. Consistent good work or behaviour

These green-cards build up over the term and each week your form tutor will tell you how many green-cards you have. You will be awarded prizes as follows:


Each half term and end of term a prize will be awarded to the form with highest cumulative score of their behaviour points.

Total Green Cards – Total Red Cards = Cumulative Score

Number of Students in Form Group

 


You can also pick up red-cards which are recorded on the school computer system and you will be given red-cards for not following the school code of conduct.


The number of red-cards you pick up will be monitored and if you have acquired too many you may receive the following


    1. Lunch time detention
    2. 400 word essay and parents contacted
    3. Friday/Sunday after school detention and parents called into school.
    4. Up to a day in isolation.
    5. Behavioural contract
  • Teachers have statutory authority to discipline students whose behaviour is unacceptable, who break school rules or fail to follow a reasonable instruction.
  • The power also applies to all paid staff with responsibility for students.
  • Teachers can discipline students whose conduct falls below the standard which could be reasonably expected of them.  This means that if a student misbehaves, breaks a school rule or fails to follow a reasonable instruction the teacher can impose a punishment.
  • Students can be disciplined at any time in school or elsewhere under the charge of the school e.g. on school visits.
  • Students can be disciplined for misbehaviour outside of school.
  • All punishments must be fair, reasonable, proportionate and not in breach of any legislation such as disability and SEN.
  • Teachers have the legal power to impose detention in and outside of school hours; this is defined as after any school day when the student is present, weekends and Inset days; parental consent is not required for detention.
  • Students  will be detained for no more than 15 minutes at the end of the school day without prior parental notice.
  • Parents will be given twenty four hours’ notice if the student is to be detained after school for up to one hour or at any other time outside of school hours.
  • Teachers can confiscate student property.
  • Poor behaviour must be addressed and all staff have a professional obligation to highlight and help students improve their behaviour.
  • Discipline is administered with calm, not anger and works best when it is applied thoughtfully, consistently and a distinction is drawn between the poor behaviour and the individual – it is the action not the individual that we are criticising.  A student who perceives animosity or lack of respect from a teacher is more likely to react adversely.
  • In the first instance a teacher should attempt to deal with poor behaviour.  This is likely to begin with reminding a student if their behaviour falls below acceptable levels and be increased progressively if the student fails to respond.  If poor behaviour continues, staff should refer onto the School Leadership Team.
  • Students who display consistent poor behaviour may be placed on a behavioural contract.  The student will be closely monitored by a member of the SLT. He will receive support to help improve his behaviour.  If the poor behaviour does not improve, school will move on to a fixed term exclusion and finally permanent exclusion.
  • Knives and bladed items: Possession of any bladed item on school premises will not be tolerated and is likely to lead to permanent exclusion  

CODE OF CONDUCT


Arrive well prepared and on time

  • Arrive on time at the start of the school day, to registration and all lessons.

  • Wear the correct school uniform or you will not be admitted into class.

  • Bring the correct books and equipment to your lessons.

  • Use break times to use the toilet, and not your lesson times!

  • If you have been absent from school, a letter must be handed into the school office explaining the reason on your return.

  • Permission must be requested in advance if you know you are going to be absent.

     

    Information

  • At break times, bags should be kept in your locker and must not be left in the corridors or taken into the canteen.

  • There is a vending machine by the entrance to the playground, this sells cold drinks and snacks and must only be used at break times.

     

    Work Hard and Sensibly

  • Work hard in class.  Complete all tasks set as well as you can.

  • Complete homework on time and to a high standard.

     

    Have respect for your teachers and each other

  • Stand when an adult enters the classroom, even in the middle of a lesson.

  • Before each block of lessons, books should be gathered for the lessons following.  You should not return to your lockers between lessons.

  • Avoid any form of violence and never be a bully.

  • Think about the feelings of others.

  • Behave in a sensible and orderly manner when in the classroom.

  • Do not call out or distract the attention of other pupils during a lesson.

  • Do not argue or answer back to your teacher.

  • Speak pleasantly and avoid using bad language.

Non-compliance with school uniform policy

  • Teachers can discipline students for breaching the schools’ rules on appearance or uniform. This will be carried out in accordance with the sanctions identified within the behaviour policy
  • The Principal, or a person authorised by the Principal, may instruct a student to go home briefly to remedy a breach of the schools’ rules on appearance or uniform.  When making this decision consideration will be taken of the child’s age
  • 7-12 parents/carers will be contacted and asked to bring in correct uniform. If they cannot bring in the uniform, parents may decide if their son can walk home unaccompanied to change
  • Where students are sent home to change, this is not an exclusion but an authorised absence
  • However, if the student continues to breach uniform rules in such a way as to be sent home to avoid school, or takes longer than is strictly necessary to effect the change, the student’s absence may be counted as unauthorised absence
  • In either case the student’s parents must be notified and the absence should be recorded
  • Breaches of uniform policy can lead to exclusion from school in line with legal requirements for exclusion

Searching screening and confiscation

  • The school has a statutory obligation to manage the health and safety of staff, students and visitors and ensure that school discipline is maintained

  • Under this authority we reserve the right to search and screen students under the following circumstances and to confiscate items as described below

  • Students will be treated courteously and afforded respect and a reasonable level of personal privacy during any search or screening; personal items will only be searched in the presence of the student

  • There must be two members of staff present during the search to act as a witness

  • Members of staff who have the authority to search are as follows; Rabbi Sulzbacher, Mr Ward, Rabbi Reif.

  • If two staff from the Senior Management Team, as above, are not available, and there are reasonable grounds to believe that there is risk of serious harm to a person or persons if the search is not carried out immediately and it is not reasonably practicable to summon another member of staff – any member of staff may conduct the search

  • Parents will not be informed prior to a search or to seek parental consent and there is no legal requirement to keep records of searches carried out

  • Parents will be informed if search or screening uncovers items that will result in school disciplinary action or police involvement

Searching with consent

  • We can search students for any item with consent from the student
  • Parental permission or pre-notification is not required
  • We do not require written formal consent in advance of a student search; it is enough for a teacher to ask the student to turn out their pockets, empty their bag and allow access to a search of their school locker

Searching without consent

  • If a member of staff has reasonable grounds to suspect that a student is in possession of a banned item, a student can be instructed to undergo a search without consent; parental permission or pre-notification is not required
  • The Principal and any staff authorised by him have a statutory power to search students and their possessions with or without consent where they have reasonable grounds for suspecting that the student may have one of the banned items
  • A student refusing to co-operate with a search will be subject to disciplinary measure by the school
  • The list of prohibited items;
    • Knives, bladed items, weapons
    • Alcohol
    • Illegal drugs
    • Stolen items
    • Tobacco, cigarette papers
    • Fireworks
    • Pornographic images
    • Any item that the member of staff reasonably suspects has been, or is likely to be, used to commit an offence, or cause personal injury to, or damage property
    • Mobile phones or any other electronic devices

Screening

  • We reserve the right to require students to undergo screening by a walk through or hand held metal detector with or without the consent of students; this screening may be carried out by any member of staff whether or not they suspect the student of carrying a weapon
  • All students are expected to comply with a request for screening which involves no physical contact
  •  If a student refuses to be screened, we may refuse the student access to the school premises under our duty not to expose students, staff or visitors to risks to their health and safety.  The absence will be recorded as unauthorised not as exclusion

Electronic devices

  • School staff may examine data files held on personal devices during a search if they believe they have good reason to do so
  • In determining a good reason to examine or erase data or files, school staff must reasonably suspect that the data or file has been or could be used to harm, disrupt teaching or break school rules
  • If the device is to be returned, relevant files may be deleted or retained  by the school to support disciplinary action, or where appropriate passed to the police

Confiscation

  • School staff can seize any prohibited item found as a result of a search
  • We can also seize any item found which is considered to be harmful or detrimental to school discipline; this includes deleting electronic images or passing illegal material onto the police
  • Depending upon the nature of the confiscated item, it may be retained by the school or disposed of as a disciplinary measure where reasonable
  • Confiscated weapons, knives or bladed items, items believed to be stolen and illegal drugs will be passed onto the police or disposed of by the school

Use of reasonable force

  • Force should only be used as a last resort
  • School staff may use reasonable force to control or restrain
  • Control means passive contact, such as standing between students or blocking a student’s path, to actively leading a student by the arm away from a classroom or difficult situation
  • Restraint means to hold back physically or to bring students under control; for example where two students are fighting or refusing to separate without physical intervention
  • Reasonable force can be used to prevent students from hurting themselves, others, damaging property or causing disorder
  • Force used will be proportionate and reasonable. School staff will always try to act in ways that will minimize chance of injury to the student but it may not always be possible
  • Reasonable force may be used to enforce a search for knives, weapons, alcohol, illegal drugs, stolen items, tobacco and cigarette papers, fireworks, pornographic images or any articles  that have been or could be used to commit an offence or cause harm
  • Force will never be used as a punishment and reasonable adjustments will be made for children with disabilities and special educational needs
  • We do not require parental consent to use reasonable force

Malicious allegations

  • Complaints against staff are always investigated thoroughly
  • If after full and thorough investigation, it is the considered view that the allegation against the member of staff was unfounded and malicious, any record of the incident will be removed from the member of staff’s file
  • The student or students involved in making the allegations will be disciplined according to the severity of the case up to and including exclusion


Exclusion from school

  • Fixed term exclusion from school will be used as a sanction where breaches of the behaviour policy take place
  • Permanent exclusion will be considered for the following:
    • use of or possession of weapons
    • drug dealing
    • serious threats of and actual violence
    • bullying
    • persistent and serious breaches of the school behaviour policy
    • where the school believe that a child's presence in the school represents a serious threat to others

Exclusions are used infrequently and only when there has been a serious breach of the school’s behaviour policy. For an internal exclusion students are removed from their mainstream lessons and isolated from other students for a period of time.

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