This is a statement of principles, not practice. Practical applications of these principles are the responsibility of the headteacher.
The governors at Burnley Brow Community School, believe that high standards of behaviour lie at the heart of a successful school and enable children to make the best possible progress in all aspects of their school life.
The purpose of this statement is to give guidance to the headteacher in drawing up the behaviour policy by stating the principles the governors expect to be followed. The headteacher has a duty to publish the statement on the school website. The headteacher will develop the behaviour policy with reference to the DFE guidance documents.
- All children, staff and visitors have the right to feel safe, valued, and respected and learn free from the disruption of others.
- Burnley Brow Community School is an inclusive school an all pupils, staff and visitors are free from any form of discrimination.
- The governors recognise that some pupils may need additional support to meet behaviour expectations, which they should receive.
- Strategies will be recorded where there is a high level of concern on behaviour logs and we will seek advice and support from appropriate outside agencies.
- Staff and volunteers always set an excellent example to pupils.
- Rewards, sanctions, and reasonable force are known, understood and used consistently by staff, in line with the behaviour policy.
- The behaviour policy and RESPECT charter are understood by pupils and staff.
- Bullying or harassment of any description are unacceptable.
- The behaviour policy explains that exclusions will only be used as a last resort, and outlines the processes involved in permanent and fixed-term exclusions.
- Pupils are taught to take responsibility for their actions.
- Governors expect pupils and parents to cooperate to maintain a climate for learning.
- Families are involved when dealing with behaviour incidents to foster good relationships with school and home.
The governing body emphasises that violence or threatening behaviour or abuse by pupils or parents towards the school staff will not be tolerated. If a parent does not conduct themselves properly, the school may ban them from the school premises, if they continue to cause disturbance, they may be liable to prosecution.
The governors expect the headteacher to include guidance and clarification for staff on their powers to search (for banned items), to use reasonable force (make physical contact with children), and to discipline pupils for misbehaviour outside school (including notifying police) witnessed by a member of staff or reported to school when:
- Taking part in school organised or related activity
- Travelling to or from school
- Wearing school uniform or in some other way identifiable as a pupil