“The best among you are those who have the best character”( Bukhari & Muslim)
The discipline and behavioural policy is reflected in Islamic teachings; that all individuals must be treated with respect, kindness and there should be fairness in judgement. Unity Girls High School has established that behaviour both inside and outside the school is important in maintaining the school’s values and beliefs and that good behaviour serves to enhance teaching and learning.
The school adopts the principles under the new guidance where teachers have statutory authority to discipline pupils for misbehaviour. The Governing Body of Unity Girls High School in meeting with these guidelines has a strong policy is place to support staff in managing behaviour, including the use of rewards and sanctions. Under Section 175 of the Education Act 2002 the Governing body maintains that all staff carryout discipline which is in line with safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.
The School Behaviour Policy
What the law says
The head teacher must set out measures in the behaviour policy which aim to:
- promote good behaviour, self discipline and respect;
- prevent bullying;
- ensure that pupils complete assigned work; and which
- Regulate the conduct of pupils.
Aims & Objectives
- A consistent approach to behaviour management
- To provide guidance for staff in matters relating to discipline and behaviour
- Encourage behaviour which reflects the life of the Prophet (PBUH)
- To make pupils and parents/carers aware of what is acceptable behaviour and conduct
- To promote good teaching and learning practices.
- To ensure that all pupils feel safe Physically and emotionally
- To work with parents to achieve good behaviour and discipline
Responsibilities of Teachers
- Teachers have statutory authority to discipline pupils whose behaviour is unacceptable, who break the school rules or who fail to follow a reasonable instruction (Section 91 of the Education and Inspections Act 2006).
- The power also applies to all paid staff (unless the head teacher says otherwise) with responsibility for pupils, such as teaching assistants.
- Teachers can discipline pupils at any time the pupil is in school or elsewhere under the charge of a teacher, including on school visits.
- Teachers have a specific legal power to impose detention outside school hours.
- Teachers can confiscate pupils’ property.
Confiscation of Inappropriate Items
What the law allows
- There are two sets of legal provisions which will enable school staff to confiscate items from pupils:
- The general power to discipline; enables a member of staff to confiscate, retain or dispose of a pupil’s property as a punishment and protects them from liability for damage to, or loss of, any confiscated items. The legislation does not describe what must be done with the confiscated item and the school behaviour policy may set this out.
- Power to search without consent; for any prohibited items or suspected stolen goods. The legislation sets out what must be done with prohibited items found as a result of a search and this is described in more detail in separate guidance in ‘Screening, Searching and Confiscation – guidance for school leaders, staff and governing bodies’.
Power to use Reasonable Force
- The legal provisions on school discipline also provide members of staff with the power to use reasonable force to prevent pupils committing an offence, injuring themselves or others, or damaging property, and to maintain good order and discipline in the classroom.
- Separate advice is available in ‘Use of Reasonable Force – advice for school leaders, staff and governing bodies’.
As a school we agree that:
- All learners must have equal opportunities to learn
- Every teacher has a right to teach
- Pupils should treat all members of the school community with full respect.
- Racial, social, and cultural diversity is respected.
- Everyone is accountable for their actions
- Prejudice, discrimination and racism go against the teaching of Islam and are unacceptable.
- Promotion of good behaviour across the Curriculum, especially through Religious Studies, Citizenship and assemblies
- Teachers lead by example in promoting good behaviour within the school community
- Clear and consistent routines
- Good behaviour and discipline is a whole school effort
- All staff trained in Classroom management
- Parents agree to work with staff to help establish consistent good behaviour eg home school agreement
Rewards/ promoting good behaviour
In order to promote good behaviour the focus will be on rewarding good behaviour. Pupils will be praised regularly for their efforts. As part of the rewards system pupils will be given house points for good behaviour and or work. An accumulation of house points will lead to receiving a certificate at the end of the month.
A rewards ceremony will be held three times a year, at the end of each term.
Sanctioning Poor Behaviour
What the law allows
- Teachers can discipline pupils whose conduct falls below the standard which could reasonably be expected of them. This means that if a pupil misbehaves, breaks a school rule or fails to follow a reasonable instruction the teacher can impose a punishment on that pupil.
- To be lawful, the punishment (including detentions) must satisfy the following three conditions:
- The decision to punish a pupil must be made by a paid member of school staff or a member of staff authorised by the head teacher;
- The decision to punish the pupil and the punishment itself must be made on the school premises or while the pupil is under the charge of the member of staff; and
- It must not breach any other legislation (for example in respect of disability, Special Educational Needs, race and other equalities and human rights) and it must be reasonable in all the circumstances.
A punishment must be reasonable. In determining whether a punishment is reasonable, Section 91 of the Education and Inspections Act 2006 says the penalty must be proportionate in the circumstances and that account must be taken of the pupil’s age, any special educational needs or disability they may have, and any religious requirements affecting them. All detentions must be recorded
Positive Behavioural Interventions
At Unity Girls High School we recognise that in order to maintain discipline, pupils must be made aware that negative behaviour has consequences; however there will be an emphasis on Positive behaviour interventions.
Positive Perspective of Behaviour sees, the child HAS a problem rather than the child IS a problem.
The child HAS a problem model identifies that consequences for misbehaviour should be meaningful and instructive and that children can change if (adults) teachers and parents:
- Teach the behaviours that are expected
- Model these behaviours
- Consistency enforces meaningful consequences for behaviour intervention.
As part of discipline we expect that pupils will attend school on time and regularly. The school’s record for attendance is impressive and pupils are expected to maintain high standards of punctuality and attendance throughout the year.
Pupils are required to be at school before registration.
Registration starts at 08.30am.
Pupils arriving after registration must report to the school’s office and sign in with administration. Pupils who arrive late regularly are liable for sanctions. (Please refer to Rewards and Sanction guidelines)
Step 1: if students are late 3 times, a letter will be sent home and 1 hour detention after school (3:30pm – 4:30pm) and monitored.
Step 2: Student are late for the 6th time they will have to sit 1 hour detention after school and arrange a meeting with parents, Headteacher and tutor.
Step 3: student 9 times late leads to suspension.
Pupils will not be permitted to leave the school grounds during school days; if pupils need to leave the school they must have a written note from parents, parents should avoid making appointments for their child during school hours. Pupils may be asked at attend school outside school hours, including weekends and Saturdays.
Staff is responsible for the welfare of pupils, between the school hours 8:30am - 3:30pm
Pupils must be off school premises promptly at 3.30pm unless they have been authorised to stay behind for a supervised activity of detention.
If a child is absent because of illness, a telephone call should be made to the school office on the first day of absence. Upon return to school, a letter confirming the reason for absence should be handed in to the School office. If not, it may be recorded as an unauthorised absence.
If your child is absent for five days or more, the school requires a doctor’s note on return. If a doctor’s note is not handed in the school reserves the right to suspend the child until one is produced.
If your child is absent from school for a legitimate reason a letter must be handed in advance to the School Office.
Extended absence during school term e.g. holiday must first be approved by the Headteacher.
Parents must be aware the unauthorised absences may lead to legal consequences
Uniform, Appearance and Demeanour
All girls are expected to be in full school uniform at all times. The uniform consists of:
- A plain black abayah
- White scarf
- Black shoes
Full uniform is expected on occasions when the school goes on a trip.
A valid excuse must accompany child if for any reason she is not wearing the uniform. Pupils who come to school without a valid excuse as to the reason for not wearing the uniform runs the risk being internally suspended and will be sanctioned according to the House points and Sanctions Guidelines.
We expect that your child will appear clean and tidy at all times. In respect of the teaching is Islam we expect modesty at all times. Make up, jewellery and nail polish are strictly forbidden.
Mobile phones can be brought into school but must remain switched off and must be handed in the school’s office. Phones will be return at the end of the school day. If a pupil feels she needs to make an emergency call, she must discuss the matter with the Form Tutor and permission may be granted to use the office phone.
Mobile phones can be confiscated until the end of the term if they are not handed in.
Bullying is when a person’s security has been damaged by another’s through physical, verbal or emotional abuse. We are committed to providing environment which amplifies Islamic behaviour for all students and staff so that they can work and learn together in a secure and safe environment.
In accordance with our Child Protection Policy bullying is taken very seriously and the school has a zero tolerance policy. Bullying also includes posting of offensives such as e-mails and texts.
If bullying does occur, all students and staff should be able to report an incident, in confidence where necessary and know it will be dealt with promptly and effectively.
All incidents of bullying must be reported, to a member of staff, ideally the form tutor in the first instance; cases of bullying will be recorded on an incident form.
Details are set out in our Anti- bullying Policy.
Discipline and Sanctions
All discipline and sanctions will be carried out after a full investigation, including statements from any witnesses of the event, all evidences will be considered and involving parties will be given the chance to give their account.
Early intervention will very often produce a positive effect. In the first instance a pupil maybe reprimanded and warned verbally by the teacher, this might involve speaking with the child in order to understand and help rectify the behaviour.
Losing House points
Generally your child will lose house points for lateness, not completing homework and breaking school rules. (Please refer to Rewards and Sanction guidelines)
A detention means that pupils remain after school for up to 1 hour. Parents will be given a minimum of 24 hours notice of the detention. A lunchtime detention may be given as an alternative. Teachers may also keep pupils back after school for up to twenty minutes; in such cases parents will not be given advance notice. Three one hour detentions in a term may lead to a suspension.
Common reasons for detention
- Breaking of school rules
- Not completing homework
- Being late three days per term
- Classroom disruptions
- Unacceptable behaviour
Keeping Pupils back after school on the same day:
The school is allowed to keep pupils back after school for up to 20 minutes without any notice to parents. This will generally be used as quick methods to deter pupils from violating school rules.
Suspensions are temporary exclusions which may be between 1-5 days. Parents will be informed by letter giving details about the suspension and the return date to school. Pupils who are removed from the school for any length of time will be given curriculum work.
On return to school after a suspension pupils’ may be put ‘on report’. This means that in a meeting between the form tutor and the parent/guardian, the pupil, depending on the severity of the action, will be given targets to improve on whatever problem areas has been.
Behaviour will be monitored on a daily basis. Each subject teacher may be asked to report on the pupil if necessary, and parents will be asked to monitor and sign an on-going ‘report’. Only if the pupil is able to markedly improve her behaviour to the satisfaction of the school, will she be taken off ‘report’.
Common reasons for automatic suspension include:
- Verbal abuse to pupil of staff
- Vandalism ( depending on severity and intention of act)
- Truancy ( this will lead to an intervention)
- Racist remarks/behaviour
Permanent Exclusion or expulsion is an extreme sanction and is only administered by the Headteacher. Expulsion is considered the final resort although the Head might see it fit to give an immediate expulsion for extremely serious misconduct.
- Following exclusion parents are contacted immediately where possible. A letter will be sent giving details of the exclusion.
- Parents wishing to appeal will follow the appeals procedure in the Complaints Policy
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- Physical abuse to/attack on Staff or student
- Damage to property
- Misuse of illegal drugs or substance, including supplying
- Serious actual or threatened violence against another student or a member of staff.
- Sexual abuse or assault.
- Carrying an offensive weapon.
It is to be noted that the above incidences are criminal acts and may involve outside agencies such as the police
This is not an in-depth list and there may be other situations where the Headteacher makes the judgment that exclusion is an appropriate sanction.
It is the general rule that the school will not support any behaviour deemed to be un-Islamic or anti-social.
This Policy will be Reviewed Every Year
Policy Reviewed in February 2017
Next review date February 2018
Signed by The Headteacher Nora Bashire
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Rewards and Sanctions Guidelines
CLEANING AFTER SCHOOL
CLEANING DURING SCHOOL HOURS
GOOD ISLAMIC DEEDS/BEHAVIOUR
WINNING A QUIZ
1 Hour Detention
1 Hour Detention
20 Minute Detention
2 Warnings, Then A 20 Minute Detention
20 Minute Detention
LATENESS-MORE THAN 5 MINS
20 Minute Detention
- Please make sure you email Ms Nada if you issue detentions, so that she can keep a log of it InshAllah.
- You are reminded that individual teachers need to supervise any detentions they issue.
- As you are already aware, issuing detentions must be a LAST resort measure, as multiple detentions will lead to suspension.