Approved by Governors: 13th December 2022
Review Date: 13th December 2023
Our key purpose is to ensure the safety, well-being and success of all our students, however poor behaviour has a negative impact on the ability of our students and staff to achieve this. Therefore our Behaviour for Learning Policy aims to eradicate poor behaviour to allow for staff and students to focus on what matters most - learning.
We are a fully inclusive school, where all students regardless of any barriers to learning, are valued as equal individuals. Our staff provide regular and consistent opportunities for praise and rewards. They are responsive to the individual circumstances of all students to ensure a fair and equitable experience for everyone.
The school operates on the basis of the ‘common good’ and expects our students to do the same. We take a firm but fair approach to behaviour management, ensuring the poor behaviour of a very small number of students should not override the achievement of a great many.
At Co-op Academy Belle Vue we believe that our success is achieved as a direct result of high standards and expectations. To facilitate high quality Teaching and Learning in a calm purposeful learning environment, we believe that acceptable behaviour must be demonstrated in all aspects of school life, both within and outside the building.
Our policy enables our staff, students and our families to know and understand what constitutes acceptable and unacceptable behaviour in our school. This in turn, provides a shared clarity around behaviours and their consequences and the need to find time for endless discussions about behaviour is therefore removed - freeing time up to focus on our classroom practice.
This policy is based on statutory guidance from the Department for Education:
Relationship to Other Policies
Our Behaviour for Learning Policy is built around our ways of being values; Succeed Together, Do What Matters Most, Be Yourself, Always and Show You Care, as well as our CARE principles and is aimed at supporting our students to develop in them, and reflect where they have breached these values and principles.
In applying this policy, the school takes into account its duties under the Equality Act 2010 regarding relevant characteristics protected by that act, notably disability. It also takes into account the needs of students with special educational needs. The school will also have regard to its safeguarding policy where appropriate.
A list of reading and policies which have been used to inform this policy can be found in the appendix.
Aims of the Policy
To ensure that all members of the Co-op Academy Belle Vue community;
- Adhere to our CARE Principals
- Uphold the Co-op ‘Ways of Being’ by demonstrating the School Rules.
- Feel confident and safe in and around the school building throughout the day
- Work together for the greater good
- Remember that we: students, staff, parents, and governors, are always ambassadors of Co-op Academy Belle Vue
- Understand that promotion of good behaviour and high standards are at the core of our Mission
- Understand that use of social media outside of school hours must be positive and respectful
- Know that sanctions are in place where expectations fall below the expected standard
Roles and Responsibilities
The governing board | The governing board is responsible for monitoring this behaviour policy’s effectiveness and holding the headteacher to account for its implementation.
The Head of Academy | The Head of Academy is responsible for reviewing and approving this behaviour policy.
Staff | Staff are responsible for:
- Implementing the behaviour policy
- Modelling positive behaviour
- Providing a personalised approach to the specific behavioural needs
- Recording behaviour incidents
Families | Families are expected to:
- Support their child in adhering to the student code of conduct
- Inform school of changes in circumstances that may affect their child’s behaviour
- Discuss any behavioural concerns with the tutor promptly
Supporting Students with SEND
Our inclusive policy ensures all students have the opportunity to learn in a safe environment, rules and strategies are clear to avoid ambiguity. Students with identified SEN will have reasonable adjustments put in place to be agreed with the parent/carer and student. This may include the following (not an exhaustive list):
- Time out – there will be a designated area for each ‘group’ where the student can have an agreed amount of minutes as ‘time-out’ if required.
- Fidget toys
- Student passports
- Teaching assistant support
- Provision at unstructured times
- Specific seating position within the classroom.
- Ensure the students' support plan is part of the established routines in everyone of their lessons.
- Nudge texts to remind students about expectations of equipment and standards
The school recognises its legal duty under the Equality Act 2010 to prevent students with a protected characteristic from being at a disadvantage. Consequently, our approach to challenging behaviour may be differentiated to cater to the needs of the student. The school’s special educational needs co-ordinator will evaluate a student who exhibits challenging behaviour to determine whether they have any underlying needs that are not currently being met. Where necessary, support and advice will also be sought from specialist teachers, an educational psychologist, medical practitioners and/or others, to identify or support specific needs.
Rewards and Celebrations
At the heart of Co-op Belle Vue’s ethos is celebration. As such, we not only recognise but promote good behaviour as we believe this is the foundation for success. We do so through the following;
- Demonstrating and rewarding our CARE Principals
- Golden Tickets
- Achievement points via Class Charts
- Postcards home
- Phone calls to parents
- Weekly Celebration during assemblies
- Half termly Celebration assemblies
- End of year/term school ‘rewards’ trips
- End of year Celebration evenings
If there are a significant number of well-behaved students showing an interest in going on a ‘rewards’ trip’, school will endeavour to facilitate this. Eligibility for the rewards trips will be based on attendance, punctuality, behaviour and effort and engagement reports from class teachers.
Whether in lesson, out and about at social time or during lesson changeover, all students at Co-op Academy Belle Vue are expected to demonstrate our CARE principles at all times. These are listed below. Students not demonstrating these behaviours will be given an appropriate sanction.
To complement these principals, we have six basic school rules that we expect students to follow at all times.
- Have the full essential items kit
- Wear the full and correct uniform
- No mobile phones to be seen or heard whilst on school premises
- Be punctual to school and lessons
- No eating/ drinking in the classrooms or on the corridors
- Walk through the school building in single file, on the left and in silence
In order for students to attend school each day ready for learning, they must bring with them their ‘essential kit’ as detailed below. This is an expectation of every item, every lesson, every day. Failure to come to school with a full basic kit will result in behaviour points and sanctions. Most basic kit items are ‘sold’ at school for students to ‘buy’ using their rewards points via Class Charts.
- Pencil case
- Black pen
- Green pen
- Reading Book
We place great emphasis on the appearance of our students and uniform is an integral part of the custom and character of the school. Our expectation is that students not only wear school uniform but look smart when they are doing so.
students are expected to wear full school uniform at all times and ensure they adhere to uniform guidelines. Refusal to follow school uniform rules may result with the student being placed in our Reset Room (isolation). students who repeatedly fail to meet the school’s uniform expectations are at risk of suspension.
It is compulsory that only those items stipulated within the official school uniform are permissible to be worn by our students. The only exception to this is if a student wishes to wear something of religious or cultural importance. In this instance the matter should be discussed with their Head of Year who will make a discretionary decision as to whether the item is appropriate for school.
- Any student wishing to wear a head covering for religious reasons may do so. The colour must be black or blue
- The uniform policy applies to students attending off-site provision (including activities) and out of hours’ activities unless parents/carers are advised otherwise.
- Outdoor coats MUST be removed once inside the school building. Sports ‘hoodies’, ‘zippies’ or similar items are not considered to be an outdoor coat or an item of the school uniform and therefore must be removed before entering the school site.
- students are not permitted to attend school with any form of pattern shaved into their hair or eyebrows. Extreme haircuts and unnatural colourings to their hair are also not permitted.
- students with make-up/Jewellery/ fake tan etc will be asked to remove it; form tutors will contact home
- School skirts should be of a suitable length and not ‘rolled up’
- students are allowed to wear a watch but other jewellery items are NOT permitted at school.
- All shoes must be black in colour and a ‘proper’ shoe and not a trainer. See appendix 2 for acceptable footwear. Trainers are not allowed to be worn whilst on school site, other than when playing sports at break or lunch time. They must never be worn during lesson time except in PE Practical sessions.
Transitions around School
We believe that silent corridors are the most effective way to ensure our students are happy and safe when in school. They are an important part of our ambition for our students to get the best possible outcomes as they ensure a minimum amount of learning time is lost through students travelling between lessons and around the school. We therefore expect our students to be silent when travelling around our school building and students who fail to meet this expectation will be sanctioned with a detention.
Mobile Phones, Smart Devices and Headphones
Mobile Phones, Smart Devices (including watches) and headphones are not allowed to be seen on the school site.
We understand many parents/carers wish for their child to have a mobile phone on the way to and from school for their personal safety. If this is the case the phone should be kept safe in the bottom of their bags so they do not cause any disruption to the Academy day. Mobile phones and smart devices should be turned off, at all times. If mobile phones, smart devices or headphones are seen or heard by a member of staff then they will be confiscated with immediate effect, and will only be returned to an adult at school reception. If a student refuses to hand over the item they will be placed in our Reset room or receive a suspension.
Any banned items that are confiscated will be placed in the safe at school reception and can be collected by an adult at any time between 8.30am and 4.30 pm. Items will not be returned to students. The school does not take responsibility for any lost/stolen ‘banned’ items brought into school.
Punctuality is essential for the success of all our students and therefore if a student arrives late to school (after 8.30am) they will be issued with a sanction.
students should arrive to lessons on time. Any students who arrive to lessons late without an appropriate reason will be issued with a sanction.
The school will work tirelessly to ensure every possible option of support is offered and provided to our students who are struggling to be the best version of themselves. However, we will take difficult decisions where the common good of our students is compromised. There are a variety of sanctions which may be used for any student depending on the severity of the situation. These sanctions are listed below and a guide to when they may be applied can be found in Appendix 1.
Behaviour points: These are issued via the Class charts system and are monitored by Form Tutors, Heads of Year and Heads of department. Some behaviour points are also issued with a sanction depending on the specific behaviour.
Detentions: These are issued for breaktimes, lunchtimes or after school depending on the teacher’s availability and the seriousness of the incident. These will run every day, unless notified in advance. It is school policy to try to give fair notice for after school detentions however, the headteacher reserves the right to issue no notice detentions in specific cases.
NB. Teachers will not adjust detention times to suit the student’s ‘after school’ availability. students must rearrange their after school commitments to ensure they can serve any detentions incurred.
The Reset Room: This is an internal exclusion unit where a student will work in silence and not be allowed out during break and lunchtime. Note that students may be placed in the Reset Room whilst an incident is being ‘investigated’ or following a suspension as part of their reintegration back to school.
Suspensions (Previously ‘Fixed Term Exclusions’): The Department for Education states that ‘Good discipline in schools is essential to ensure that all students can benefit from the opportunities provided by education. The Government supports head teachers in using exclusion as a sanction where it is warranted’ (2017). More information about when a suspension may be issued can be found below.
Respite placements may also be used for a maximum placement period of five days. Students will continue their education in a supervised setting at an offsite location. Students will be placed at other schools in the local authority. Parents will be informed and a reintegration meeting will take place on the day of the students return to their mainstream provision.
As part of the Co-op Trust we follow the exclusion policy which can be found here: https://www.coopacademies.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Exclusions-Policy-July-2021.pdf
Suspensions will be issued in response to a serious breach or persistent breaches of the school's behaviour policy. These are issued at the Headteacher’s discretion based on the behaviours exhibited and the evidence available.
Once issued, the parent/carer is informed via phone call as well as a letter being sent home with details of the suspension. The student will not be allowed to attend school for a period of between 1 - 5 days.
The student and parent / carer will have a reintegration meeting with a senior member of staff / Head of Year to discuss the reasons for the suspension and the actions needed to prevent repeated future behaviours upon their return. This may be a combination of agreements between the school, student and/or parent/carers. It may involve offers of support from the school. If a parent cannot attend this meeting, the student may be required to work in the Reset Room until a meeting can take place. Examples of agreements made include;
- Class changes
- Parental/Carer pick up and drop off
- Avoiding certain areas of school during social time
- Avoiding certain students during social time
- School based support programmes as available and appropriate
- External avenues of support
students returning to school following a suspension for defiance will be placed into the reset room for at least one day to allow a phased return to mainstream lessons.
Permanent exclusions will only be used as a last resort, in response to a serious breach or persistent poor behaviour and defiance of the school rules. They are issued because allowing the student to remain in school after the incident would seriously harm the education or welfare of the student or others in the school.
- If a child is at risk of permanent exclusion for persistent breaches of the school’s behaviour policy, this will be raised with their parents/carers during meetings or telephone calls. Options of support to avoid a permanent exclusion will be discussed at these meetings, however when these have been exhausted or when these are no longer suitable then a permanent exclusion may be issued.
- A serious breach of our behaviour policy may involve drugs, fighting, banned substances/items (including fireworks), assault against an adult or student and/or weapons. This list is not conclusive.
Persistent Disruptive Behaviour
We recognise that some students may require a higher level of support to enable them to ‘get it right’. Students who fit into this category will be placed on a behaviour and intervention report. These students will have been given the same chances and support as other students but continue to disrupt the school community either in or outside of lessons.
Due to the many individual circumstances that can affect a student's behaviour, the decision to place a student on a behaviour and intervention report, remains at the discretion of the student’s Head of Year, or a member of the Senior Leadership Team. However as a guide, students who accrue more than 20 behaviour points in a 3 week period are highly likely to be placed on a Stage 1 report. Students returning from a suspension are also highly likely to be placed on a Stage 2 report for a two week monitoring period.
Reports last two weeks in the first instance but may be extended by one week if the Student’s Head of Year feels it is appropriate. Students who fail to meet the targets agreed at the start of the reporting process, will be escalated to the next stage of report.
‘Stage’ reports are logged via Class Charts whereas others are a physical report card. A list of our reports can be found below;
- Stage 1 Report to Form tutor
- Stage 2 Report to Head of Year
- Stage 3 Report to a member of the Senior Leadership Team
- Positive Report Card – usually triggered to support a student in shifting their focus from defiance and poor behaviour to celebration and success as appropriate
- Effort and Engagement Report Card – a short term report card issued to give students with a low effort and engagement score
- Subject Reports – led by Heads of Departments for behaviours in a specific subject area
We expect students who have successfully passed a behaviour report to continue to meet our school rules for a sustained and continuous period and they will therefore be monitored closely by their Head of Year/SLT.
Behaviour panels are formal meetings held with the School’s Head of Academy, Executive Headteacher or Governors on specific issues in school. If a student is persistently failing to meet our School rules and/or has acted in a way that causes concern, they may be requested to attend a panel to discuss the behaviour or incident. Parents will be invited to these panel meetings in order to discuss the student’s future at Co-op Academy Belle Vue.
Use of Alternative Provision Placements
Where there is the option to use an alternative provision to further support a student’s welfare and behaviour, then this will be fully explored. Additionally, the Head of Academy reserves the right to direct alternative provision as an alternative to a permanent exclusion or by way of respite provision for students who are are risk of permanent exclusions. This is in line with the DfE Statutory guidance for local authorities. https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/942014/alternative_provision_statutory_guidance_accessible.pdf
Home School Agreement
Our behaviour policy will work best when it is supported by parents, carers and guardians. In order to create a positive and productive learning environment, we expect all students to follow the behaviour policy. Similarly, we expect parents/carers to support the school’s implementation of the policy. We are extremely aware of the need for reasonable adjustments and individual circumstances and therefore it is essential that Home and School operate as a team. If a parent/carer feels we have acted unfairly, we will be happy to discuss this with them privately in a professional and cooperative environment.
Everyone who attends a meeting in school is expected to act in a professional and reasonable manner during meetings. Whilst there may be challenges of decisions made, this must be done in a courteous and respectful way. All parties are expected to act with the best interests of the child. Swearing, intimation, verbal or physical aggression will not be tolerated by Co-op Academy Belle Vue staff. If this occurs the meeting will end immediately and parents/carers must leave the school site without delay. They will be contacted via telephone to discuss a way forward; this may involve another meeting when tempers have calmed or it may involve a ban from the school site for an individual.
The school does not allow parents/carers or third parties to record parental meetings. Anyone secretly filming or recording a meeting will be banned from attending the school with immediate effect.
Bullying of any type will not be tolerated at Co-op Academy Belle Vue. Bullying may be physical, verbal or of the cyber variety. Allegations of any type of bullying will be fully investigated by the school. Bullying is generally defined as a behaviour that is both ‘targeted’ and ‘repeated’. If it is decided that a student has been bullying another student, they will be seriously sanctioned in line with the Anti-bullying Policy. A record of any bullying behaviours is kept on the school’s safeguarding system (CPOMs) so as sanctions and interventions can be put into place appropriately
Sexual harassment of any kind will not be tolerated at Co-op Academy Belle Vue. This includes all ‘Non – contact’ and ‘Contact’ forms as outlined by the ‘Review of Sexual abuse’ Ofsted June 2021. Allegations of sexual harassment will be fully investigated by either HOH/SLT and where necessary seriously sanctioned. This may result in a fixed term exclusion and possibly a permanent exclusion.
Homophobia is a hate crime and will not be tolerated at Co-op Academy Belle Vue. Allegations of homophobia will fully be investigated by either HOY/ SLT. If it is decided that a student has made homophobic comments or who is found to be promoting any type of homophobic bullying, they will be seriously sanctioned. This may result in a fixed term exclusion and possibly a permanent exclusion.
Racism is a hate crime and will not be tolerated at Co-op Academy Belle Vue. Allegations of racism will fully be investigated by either HOY/ SLT. If it is decided that a student has made racist comments or who is found to be promoting any type of racist bullying, they will be seriously sanctioned. This may result in a fixed term exclusion and possibly a permanent exclusion.
Misuse of Social Media
students are regularly informed and reminded about the dangers of social media and their responsibilities in using and accessing it. Therefore, it is assumed that any student who is responsible for any type of misuse of social media is fully aware of their actions, even though they may have carried it out when at home or at the weekend. students will therefore be sanctioned accordingly if ‘Restorative Justice’ is not appropriate. Misuse of social media includes but is not restricted to the following;
- Verbal abuse of students and/ or staff
- ‘Liking’ any image or post which causes upset
- Posting any image which causes upset
- Posting any image without a person’s knowledge and/ or consent
- Posting images and comments which demonstrate illegal and/ or inappropriate activity
Drugs, cigarettes, vapes and any associated paraphernalia or dangerous items are banned from school. If a student endangers the welfare of our students and staff by bringing drugs or dangerous items onto our school site or if a student is found to be supplying or distributing illegal substances and/or any items deemed to be drug paraphernalia, they are likely to be permanently excluded and the police informed. students are reminded about this rule throughout the year. Any concerns that staff and/ or parents have regarding students using drugs outside of school will be referred to the Safeguarding team.
Inappropriate items brought into school
Co-op Academy Belle Vue has a zero tolerance policy towards any weapons being brought onto or into our school site. This for example, could be any type of knife. Any child who is suspected of having brought a dangerous item onto school premises will have their belongings searched. Students who have brought any type of weapon onto school premises are likely to be permanently excluded.
Co-op Academy Belle Vue has the legal power to sanction students whose behaviour outside the school premises brings the school into disrepute. For example, using Social Media at home, may cause upset to someone in school during the day. At all times when students are wearing our school uniform (or can be identified as a Co-op Academy Belle Vue student) they are ambassadors for the school and must act accordingly.
Any allegation of wrongdoing will be investigated using the ‘Managing Allegations of Staff’ policy. If a student is found to have made a malicious allegation against a member of staff, then the parents/carers of the students will be invited to a meeting to discuss the details leading up to it and a sanction may be issued.
Isolation in the Romero Centre or suspensions will be used as sanctions for malicious allegations, however where staff agree, restorative meetings will take place. Decisions will be made by the Headteacher once they have considered issues of severity, previous similar behaviours and safeguarding.
Co-op Academy Belle Vue follows the guidance in the Department for Education 2018 report, ‘Searching, Screening and Confiscation at School.’ This explains the school’s legal right to search students when there is a reasonable concern that a student may have a dangerous or banned item. It can be found on the DfE website. Wherever possible a second adult will also be present. Parents will usually be informed if anything is found.
All Academy staff have the power to use reasonable force to prevent students committing an offence, injuring themselves or others or damaging property, and to maintain good order and discipline in the classroom. When doing this the Academy will follow the Department of Education advice ‘Use of Reasonable Force - advice for school leaders, staff and governing bodies’
Incidents of physical restraint must:
- Always be used as a last resort
- Be applied using the minimum amount of force and for the minimum amount of time possible
- Be used in a way that maintains the safety and dignity of all concerned Never be used as a form of punishment
- Be recorded and reported to parents
Due to the high level of sugar contained in fizzy drinks/energy drinks and the impact this can have on a student’s behaviour, fizzy drinks and energy drinks are not allowed on the school site. If found, they will be confiscated. Co-op Academy Belle Vue encourages a water only approach to drinks and water fountains are placed around the site to support this. students must bring a suitable bottle to use these fountains as cups and bottles are NOT provided for them.
Selling items to other students is illegal. If students are found to be doing this, the items will be confiscated and the profits given to a selected charity.
CCTV and Requests for Documentation
The school will not release copies of CCTV footage as this would contravene child protection and safeguarding guidelines. Documents containing information which names other students will always be anonymised to protect individuals. Any requested documents and files will be sent to Manchester City Council Democratic Services for GDPR approval before being released.
Appendix 1: Sanction Table
The table shows possible sanctions for different behaviours. The list of behaviours is not exhaustive but merely aims to provide examples of some of the behaviours that may occur in school. Where student behaviour is persistent, we will work with families and the student to put support in place to create individualised strategies to help the student get back on track.
Appendix 2: Links Legislation, Statutory Requirements and Links to other School Policies
Behaviour and discipline in schools https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/488034/Behaviour_and_Discipline_in_Schools_-_A_guide_for_headteachers_and_School_Staff.pdf
Searching, screening and confiscation https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/674416/Searching_screening_and_confiscation.pdf
The use of reasonable force in schools https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/444051/Use_of_reasonable_force_advice_Reviewed_July_2015.pdf
Supporting student at school with medical conditions https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/803956/supporting-pupils-at-school-with-medical-conditions.pdf
Links with Trust & Academy Policies
Anti Bullying Policy
Equal Opportunities Policy
Belle Vue Equality Diversity Inclusion Objectives
Behaviour for Learning Policy September 2022