The following sanctions can be used in a hierarchical manner to underpin the ‘Classroom Responsibilities’ and expectations. All staff must ensure that they follow consistent procedures and keep accurate records on Class Charts for the purposes of information gathering
• Non-verbal cues – silence, disapproving gestures
• Rebuke or reprimand
• Change of seat
• Comment in planner (for tutor or parent)
• 5 minute removal from classroom (nb. One student only!)
• Break-time detention (finish work / copy out classroom expectations)
• Extra work to complete at home
• Removal from classroom to Subject Leader / department colleague – Grey card
• 10 minute lunchtime detention Teacher / Subject Leader telephones parent
• Departmental report
• After school detention
• SL letter to parent
• SL meeting with parent
• Isolation within department
• Removal from classroom to Senior Leader – Red card
• Temporary internal exclusion– in consultation with Deputy Head (Pastoral Support)
• Referral to Year Leader for advice – YL report and staged sanction reports
• Fixed term exclusion – open to use by Headteacher only
• Permanent exclusion – open to use by Headteacher and Governors only.
Detention of Students
• Detentions must be reasonable and proportionate to the offence. Classroom teachers may give detentions of 30 minutes in the first instance, or one hour, as they feel appropriate. (This does not have to be at the convenience of a parent, although a mutually agreeable time is always beneficial)
• If a student fails to attend an after-school detention without reasonable excuse, the classroom teacher and Subject Leader should decide how to deal with the failure to attend and the original misbehaviour, normally with a more severe sanction. (Detentions should not just be repeated in the same form)
• As an Academy we have decided that we must give at least 24 hours’ notice of a detention to the parent (except Year Leaders who have made previous arrangements with pupils) so allowing time for the parent to raise any problems
The use of further disciplinary measures are outlined below for staff guidance:
Isolation and Exclusion:
i) Withdrawal from lesson – This represents an on-the-spot punishment for those guilty of serious or consistent misconduct in lessons. Withdrawal may be to a departmental colleague or other senior colleague, by arrangement. It is to be used as an alternative to a fixed-term exclusion and must be viewed as of equal status, in terms of seriousness.
ii) Isolation – Students may, on referral from Year Leaders and agreed by the DH (Pastoral support) after persistent misconduct, be isolated. Internal exclusions may also be issued. A letter as for fixed term exclusions may/will be sent home advising parents that the day will be longer to 4.00p.m.
iii) Fixed term exclusion – This must be agreed by the Headteacher and represents a serious punishment for those pupils who have been guilty of serious misconduct or who have failed to respond to the school’s behaviour mechanisms. Parents must be informed of the fixed-term exclusion firstly by telephone wherever possible and then by letter: a copy will be given to the student, a copy sent through the post, a copy sent to County Hall and a copy kept on file by the Year Leader. A named school secretary – Mrs. F. Jackson – will ensure that administration procedures are followed. A fixed term exclusion should be followed by a parental discussion with the Year Leader before re-integration is allowed. At this interview, expectations will be made clear about the pupil’s future conduct and placement on the staged procedure agreed upon.
iv) Permanent Exclusion: This happens very rarely. The decision to exclude a child permanently is a serious one and will usually be the final step in a process for dealing with disciplinary offences following a wide range of other strategies that have been tried without success. It may, however, be appropriate to permanently exclude a child for a serious first or “one-off” offence. The Headteacher decides to exclude a pupil taking into account all the circumstances, the evidence available and the need to balance the interests of the pupil against those of the whole school community. This sanction needs to be upheld by Governors.