Introduction and Context
The law requires schools to have a written behaviour policy; our aim is to apply it fairly and consistently so that it underpins the social, academic and emotional development of the pupils in our care.
Our purpose is to ensure that staff can work with pupils in a caring, stimulating and secure environment so that pupils can learn and develop safely. We encourage parents/carers to be involved in this process, and consider this Behaviour Policy to be owned by all stakeholders. We believe that poor behaviour has to be tackled in order that pupils have the opportunity to learn, and that all members of our school community have the right to be working alongside each other in a safe, respectful environment.
William Edwards’ core aims for pupils are that they can :
Expectations for Key Groups
These expectations cover all aspects of school life, including journeys to and from school and school trips, as well as break times.
Positive Reward System
We value good behaviour and regularly praise and reward students for good behaviour, positive social skills, and commitment to the school community. Progress and attainment is recognised throughout the school day in a variety of ways, and feedback given.
We have many different ways of rewarding our students, including:
The use of sanctions at William Edwards School are characterised by certain features :
We divide unacceptable behaviour into 5 broad bands:
On extremely rare occasions an incident may be deemed so serious (such as the use or distribution of drugs, possession of a weapon in school, or serious physical assault) that permanent exclusion from the school may result.
Parents / Carers will be informed if a student’s behaviour is a cause for concern. Sanctions may include one or more the following:
If there is a persistent problem across the curriculum, House Leaders, together with the Senior House Leader and BESDIL will work together with the student to draw up a programme of support. A strand of the inclusion and wellbeing strategy is focused on support for those with social, emotional and behavioural needs.
All staff working with the pupil will be informed of any interventions, and will support appropriately throughout the school day.
Support for Staff
The school will support all adults working with pupils to ensure they have the best opportunity to achieve.
It is school practice to discuss individual pupils’ behavioural issues in the professional environment to ensure that information is shared effectively and support mechanisms are cohesive. Decisions regarding support, reward and sanctions will be made in line with the school’s Safeguarding Policy.
All staff have access to this policy and an operational handbook in order that behaviour management is consistent throughout the school.
Support for Parents/Carers
The school has an ‘open door’ policy. Parents and carers are encouraged to make an appointment to discuss any relevant issues with tutors in the first instance.
Likewise, when a professional from the school raises a concern about a pupil’s behaviour an appropriate member of staff will contact the parent to discuss the issue or arrange a meeting to do so.