In order for students to learn, Tavistock College will provide an environment where students can feel safe and secure and that promotes high self-esteem and high standards for all. All members of the College will help to maintain an atmosphere conducive to learning, and promote courtesy and mutual respect. This will be achieved through:
It is the responsibility of all members of the College to:
The College has a code of conduct that was developed by staff, students and parents/carers. All members of the College community will be encouraged to behave in such a way as to:
A copy of the Behaviour for Learning system is in student planners and is displayed in every classroom in the College.
The College vision and the principles for the creation of a positive learning environment are to be found on the Tavistock College website. This gives guidance for praise, rewards, sanctions and referral procedures. The College has a policy on the use of force to control or restrain students.
Everyone has the right to learn and for the teacher to teach. This includes:
Speak politely to each other. This includes:
Listen to others and expect to be listened to. This can include:
Keep the College environment clean and tidy so that it is always a welcoming place, which we can all be proud of. This includes:
Move quietly and carefully about College. This includes:
Each member of teaching staff should have a clear set of positive enforceable rules that are developed with and owned by the class. Rules should be few in number and cover;
To reinforce the College code of conduct, teachers will:
The guidelines for praise and rewards can be found on the College Intranet under the title Awards Scheme. At Tavistock College it is considered that praise and rewards are an important part in recognising positive contributions to College life. Contributions include sound academic work and effort, good behaviour and adherence to the College code of conduct.
Excellent standards of behaviour will be encouraged through the consistent application of the Code of Conduct, supported by the rigorous use of praise to reprimand on a 5:1 ratio. All praises and consequences are to be recorded on SIMS in the behaviour and achievement sections.
Award points will be recorded direct onto SIMS by teaching staff and letters / certificates will go to students’ parents/carers every half term once the thresholds are met. Praise for achievements will also be publicly announced in celebration assemblies. Students will also be invited to the College’s Learning and Achievement Evenings to receive special subject awards from the Principal and / or special invited guests.
Award points may be given for:
It is important to note that a formal ‘praise’ in the form of achievement points should be earned and deserved. It is an acknowledgement beyond positive verbal encouragement and constructive feedback, which will be happen continuously in all lessons.
Students have the right to expect fair and consistently applied consequences for poor behaviour. The guidelines for consequences can be found in the 'Behaviour for Learning' flow chart.
The College discipline policy is based on clear boundaries and known outcomes. The emphasis is on cause and effect; unsatisfactory behaviour will result in a sanction. It is important that students understand that certain actions/decisions/failures to act lead to certain outcomes. So, the responsibility for avoiding these sanctions lies with the [potential] rule breaker.
Consequences will also result from misdemeanours of a racial, gender biased or homophobic nature.
There are eight possible sanctions:
|2||Second Verbal Warning|
|4||Parking within the Faculty|
|6||After College Detention|
|7||Internal Exclusion (Isolation from some or all lessons, carried out in the Behaviour Intervention Room)|
|8a||Principal's warning leading to a fixed term exclusion (duration dependent on the situation)|
|8b||A permanent exclusion may result from a one off serious incident or for persistent behaviour that undermines the good order of the College. A separate exclusions document is available and as an appendix to this document which details the categories for both fixed term and permanent exclusions.|
All sanctions from 3 and above will be recorded on SIMS and from 4 and above will result in a letter being sent out to parents and carers. It is intended that this policy is logically stepped and transparent. Award points will be automatically deducted from the students overall total when they receive one of the following College sanctions:
Heads of Faculty and teachers are required to intervene when issues of poor behaviour occur during lessons. This could mean a variety of intervention strategies such as:
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This document was adopted by the Full Governing Body on 17/12/2012
The document is subject to review on a annual basis. The next review will be Autumn Term 2013
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