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Negative Behaviour

Negative Behaviour Points

If a pupil fails to meet expectations in the classroom, a range of strategies and sanctions are available to staff with which to reinforce those expectations. The list of these below is not intended as a hierarchy to be followed in order, nor is it an exhaustive list.  Every situation and pupil is different and some strategies on the list may not be appropriate to the situation or pupil; teachers will use their professional judgement to respond to negative behaviours and attitudes, reinforce expectations and re-engage pupils in learning.

  • A quiet word or private discussion with the pupil to highlight the issue and agree what needs to happen for things to improve.
  • Use of various de-escalation strategies: deliberate ignoring; distraction; body language; non-verbal cues; humour; change of teaching style; relocation; intervention.
  • Issuing negative behaviour points – for a description of all behaviours see our Behaviour Policy 2020/21.
    • Late to Lesson (-1 point) – up to a 10-minute detention should be carried out.
    • No Homework (-1 point) – an optional detention issued by the teacher.
    • Lack of equipment (-1 point) – an optional detention issued by the teacher.
    • No Kit (-1 point) – an optional detention issued by the teacher.
    • D1 (-1 point) – final warning for repeated disruption to learning.
    • D2 (-2 points) – continued disruption following a D1. A 10-minute restorative conversation with the teacher at the next available time (after school) must be carried out.
    • D3 ‘On-Call’ (-4 points) – continued disruption following a D2. The pupil will be removed from the classroom by the member of staff ‘on-call’ for that period. They will use their judgement to determine whether the pupil can be re-integrated into the lesson or whether they will be removed for the remainder of the period.  A 35-minute restorative conversation with the teacher and their HoF must be carried out after school.
    • Instant 10-minute detention (-2 points) – for instances of negative behaviour outside the scope of D1, D2 and D3.
    • Instant on-call (-4 points) – for serious incidents that require an immediate response. These will usually be followed up by SLT.
    • Truanting (-2 points) – after school detention to be carried out to catch up with work from the missed lesson.
  • Contacting parents/carers - following persistent D1, D2 or D3s in that subject.  This initially is done through the ‘live feed’ on their parent apps.  If the behaviour continues, then communication may be done via phone call, letter, SMS or email.
  • Placing a pupil on Faculty Report (see below).
  • Isolation with SLT.
  • Parent meeting with teacher and/or HOF.
  • Referral to pastoral team for additional support.
Restorative Conversations and Detentions

These are intended to allow the pupil and the member of staff to have a reflective conversation so that they can repair and resolve the issue - helping both parties to move forward – or to catch up with missed learning time.

If pupils do not attend the scheduled restorative conversations or detentions, this action will be upscaled with a detention extended in length each time.  

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