At KHNES we believe that all children are good at something. We use a rewards system based on a website called www.mystickers.co.uk. Teachers reward good work by issuing stickers with codes that can be registered on this site. The rewards can be built up on the site and prizes can be selected from the online shop.
Created for pupils, MyStickers is a fun and safe online portal which allows pupils to see their rewards (also log their rewards in the printed sticker version), league tables and competitions. This is also where they can redeem their MyStickers points for prizes in the MyStickers shop or buy things for their MySticker ‘Buddy’ Avatar (buddy version optional).
The service will always focus upon the positives but we are legally required to detail these expectations and powers. This is to ensure that both students and parents are clear about procedures.
Students’ Classroom Code of Conduct
We expect students to:
- Enter the classroom in an orderly way: get equipment out, bags out of the way, wait quietly for the register to be taken
- Listen when the purpose of the lesson is being explained
- Make sure that homework deadlines and checkpoints are written in planners and shown to the teacher when asked
- Listen carefully and always respect other people’s points of view
- Raise a hand before speaking
- Stay on task
- Always carry on working quietly when a visitor enters the room
- Listen to the evaluation at the end of the lesson to check what has been achieved
- Pack away quickly and quietly when asked
- Put chairs away and wait to be dismissed
- Keep the service a clean and pleasant place by not dropping litter
- Go directly to all classes
Service Sanction System
The sanctions available to the service (at present) include:
The sanctions available to the service include:
- Withdrawal of privileges
- Withdrawal from lessons
- Break time detention (10 mins)
- Lunchtime detention (30 mins)
- Service detention (60 mins) after service
- Community service
- Saturday morning detention (2 hrs. 10am – 12.pm)
- Isolation (11am – 4pm)
- Alternative timetable including a 3.00 –6.00pm session
- Fixed term exclusion (in agreement with the home service)
- Permanent exclusion (in line with home service procedures)
Education Acts have given teachers and non-teachers the power to discipline pupils for breaking a service rule, failure to follow instructions or other unacceptable behaviour. Furthermore, teachers are permitted to regulate the conduct of pupils when they are off service premises and not under the control of service staff. Thus, the claim that it ‘happened outside of the service gate and is nothing to do with service’ is no longer valid in many circumstances. It is important to note that any action committed by a pupil of this service which could bring this service into disrepute will be dealt with under the service’s sanction system.
Although the service can issue same night detentions we will not generally use this power but continue to give parents 24 hours notice for any detention lasting longer than 10 minutes. It is important to note that parental permission for a detention is not legally required, although the service will listen to reasonable requests for a change of date for detention.
Given recent events in the country, changes to the law and in order to avoid any ambiguity in the future please understand that:
- Any student bringing a weapon to service with intent to use it, or to threaten to use it, will be excluded and reported to the police
- Any student supplying drugs will be reported to the police and will be excluded
- Any student who uses violence, the threat of violence or incites others to violence will be automatically considered for exclusion
- Any student who prevents others from learning will be considered for exclusion
- Any student making a false allegation against a member of staff which is intended to damage that member of staff and/or delay the service implementing its sanctions system will result in a sanction, including exclusion
- Parental approval is not required for a detention to be set (if parents have been made aware of the service’s behaviour policy and if the detention is reasonable and proportionate). The service, therefore, can treat a refusal to attend a detention, even if it is on the instruction of the parent, as a failure to follow a reasonable instruction. In such circumstances it would be reasonable and proper for the service to apply a higher level sanction according to its behaviour policy.
The Use of Force
Clearly, all adults must obey the law and services cannot use force to punish children. However, it is neither illegal nor assault for a member of staff to use reasonable and proportionate force to control or restrain a pupil if this proves necessary in the following circumstances:
- To stop a pupil committing a criminal offence (or for younger pupils what would be a criminal offence)
- To protect self or others
- To prevent damage to property
- To maintain good order and discipline
Searching Pupils and their Possessions
The Executive Head Teacher or Heads of Services can authorise a search of pupils or their possessions (including bags and lockers) without their consent if there are reasonable grounds for doing so. Reasonable and proportionate force may be used to execute a search. This power applies to searching for weapons, drugs, cigarettes, alcohol, stolen items, materials or items which may cause offence or which could disrupt the orderly ethos of the service. Normally, only senior members of staff may conduct such searches. The service will endeavour to conduct searches with another adult present. The Executive Head Teacher also has the right to confiscate any items included above.
Balance of Probability
In terms of service discipline, Head Teachers concept of ‘balance of probability’ means that if a Head Teacher believes that ‘on the balance of probability’ (which means more likely than not), rather than absolute proof, that something happened then they can take action and apply any of those sanctions identified above.
The Power to Bar Abusive or Aggressive Parents
Service premises are private property and parents will generally have to have permission from the service to be on the premises. This permission is implied and parents are welcome on site but if they wish to speak with someone then they will need to book an appointment and to sign in. Obviously, any visitor to the site should treat people on it with respect and courtesy. In the unlikely event of a parent being abusive or aggressive towards children, other parents or staff then the Executive Head Teacher can ban them from the site. It is an offence (section 547 of The Education Act 1997) for any person to cause a nuisance or disturbance on service premises.