BEHAVIOUR POLICY

Introduction

"Good behaviour is a necessary condition for effective teaching to take place." (Education Observed 5 - DES 1987)

At BIGS we understand this principle from an educational and Islamic sense. We aim to create an environment in the school which encourages and reinforces good behaviour. This requires a consistent approach to the discipline and rewards policy that has been created.

AIMS

Through this policy we aim to provide the following for all gifted and talented learners at BIGS:

  • To create an environment which encourages and reinforces good behaviour
  • To define acceptable standards of behaviour in line with Islamic morals and classroom management
  • To encourage the development of good moral personalities
  • To encourage consistency of response to both positive and negative behaviour
  • To promote self-esteem, self-discipline and positive relationships
  • To ensure that the school’s expectations and strategies are widely known and understood
  • To encourage the involvement of both home and school in the implementation of this policy

STANDARDS OF BEHAVIOUR

In seeking to define acceptable standards of behaviour we understand that these are goals to be worked towards rather than just expectations. Thus at BIGS we believe the school has a central role in the children’s social and moral development just as it does in their academic development.

In the same manner that we measure academic achievement and the progress of our pupils over a period of time, we measure standards of behaviour in terms of the children's development in reference to the school’s behavioural policy.

Guidelines have been set up in order to achieve this and the school works as a partnership between teachers and parents in order to make this a reality and a success.

Several policies have been created in order to work towards the standards of acceptable behaviour at our school. We believe that with the support of parents and teachers we will be able to make our behavioural policy a success and ensure that the disciplining of children is kept to a minimum creating a positive and encouraging learning environment.

THE DISCIPLINE AND REWARDS POLICY

The discipline and rewards policy has been created in order to give the staff guidance on the standard of behaviour that is expected throughout the school. It has been created to ensure the smooth running of the school and encourage a positive learning atmosphere.

It is therefore essential that there is consistency in carrying out these policies and that we all maintain the same standards within our classrooms.

Consistency is important for the students, as over a short period of time they will become familiar with these policies and begin to adhere to them.

This we hope will lead to good development of their personalities and a friendly, encouraging environment of teaching and learning for us all. At all times we must remember that these children have been entrusted to us and we should treat them as we would like our own children to be treated. We should show kindness and try not to raise our voices to the point of shouting as was the practice of our prophet peace be upon them.

When disciplining the students we must make it clear that it is the action that they did which was wrong and not them as a person and encourage them when they show changes for the good in their personalities.

DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURES

THREE STRIKES

If a student is showing unacceptable behaviour during your lesson then his/her name should be written up on the board and a strike given with a √ for that particular incident. If this continues or the student displays other unacceptable behaviour then a further strike is given. On the third incident a strike is given and ten minutes of the students break or lunchtime is taken away. During this time the teacher should give the student some work to do or lines/spellings to write out. Work should be given after the student has eaten their lunch. If the unacceptable behaviour is during the afternoon lessons then the time is taken from the following day’s lunch break. The teacher may choose to use this time ask the learners to do Maraqaba/Zikr for 10 minutes (meditation for 10 minutes). This is done to help use spirituality to keep calm and allows recognition and understanding of the social and emotional aspects of learning.

UNACCEPTABLE BEHAVIOUR WARRANTING A STRIKE

  • Disrupting lesson
  • Not following the teacher’s instructions
  • Throwing things around the room
  • Shouting out
  • Talking whilst the teacher is talking

There may be other behaviour that warrants strikes and this can be left to the teacher’s discretion. However remember we should try and maintain a positive atmosphere during the lesson rather than one of just rules and accounting.

EXTREME UNACCEPTABLE BEHAVIOUR

There is some behaviour that students may display that warrants more than just a strike.

In this case the teacher should do one of the following:-

  • Ask the student to complete the remaining work sitting separately from the rest of the class.
  • A break time or a lunch time detention given, whereby students will complete a punishment excercise.
    • Head teacher must be notified and a warning given.

If the student is to be told off then this should be done outside the classroom where possible.

Ask the other students to complete their work and take a few minutes to talk to the student outside explaining why his/her behaviour is unacceptable. Be mindful of the language used when speaking to a child at this point try using words such as ‘you are choosing to behave like this’, and encourage students to take responsibility for their actions.

Occasionally this may not be enough and the student may continue their unacceptable behaviour. In this case the following steps should be taken.

  • The student behaviour is recorded in the Incident Book and the head teacher is informed.
  • If the problem continues a text will be sent to parents notifying parents that the student is on a school behaviour report for a week.
  • If the problem still persists then parents will be called into school to help resolve the matter.
  • Student can be excluded from the school for a day at a time.

EXTREME UNACCEPTABLE BEHAVIOUR

The following is a list of unacceptable behaviour that may warrant reporting:

  • Using extremely foul language
  • Fighting
  • Breaking school equipment
  • Being rude to the teacher
  • Bullying
  • Lewd behaviour

There may be other types of behaviour that warrant reporting and this is left at the teacher’s discretion. InshaAllah this should be a last measure and there will be very few students who display this kind of behaviour. We want to promote a positive learning atmosphere in the school and this should be kept in mind whilst carrying out the disciplinary procedures. If we find effective ways to deal with difficult students then this should be shared with the other teachers to aid them.

REWARD PROCEDURES

Our behaviour policy is based on creating a good balance between reward and discipline. It is important that good behaviour is encouraged in order to promote a positive learning atmosphere. Our reward procedure is designed to encourage good behaviour in many different areas and will hopefully aid the building of the students’ Islamic personalities. Praise is a very important aspect of creating this atmosphere. Below is a list of phrases that are often used by teachers to praise good effort, achievement and behaviour. This is not an exhaustive list.

  • Well done!
  • Good.
  • Quite good.
  • Very good.
    • Excellent.
    • Good try.
    • Congratulations!
    • Much better.
    • Wonderful!
    • Brilliant!
    • Alhamdulillah!
    • MashaAllah!

Rewards given in form of MERITs

The Merit system has been developed to address different aspects of the students’ personality and behaviour. It is designed to encourage good behaviour by awarding merits. The children collect these merits throughout the week and those children that have gained the most merits for any particular section will be awarded a certificate of achievement at the end of term.

Areas that merits are awarded for are as follows:

  • Tiding up - For effectively tidying up classroom at the end of each lesson; for good organisation of drawers and work; for keeping desk tidy at the beginning and end of each lesson; for helping the teacher tidy up when asked to do so.
  • Helping - For helping another student with a problem; for giving advice to students; encouraging others to have good behaviour; showing patience and giving something that they want to another student, etc.
  • Prayer (Salah) - For excellent behaviour during salah; being punctual for salah; for excellent recitation; for excellent completion of salah.
  • Effort - For working exceptionally well in class; for excelling in any particular subject/topic; for creativity in learning, etc.
    • Behaviour – For showing an excellent attitude and behaviour towards one’s learning and teachers.
    • Good conduct – For showing good conduct during or outside lesson time towards others.

There will also be Attendance Certificates given out at the end of each term. Care needs to be taken when awarding merits and there should be:-

  • A systematic approach
  • Students should be treated fairly
  • Some students already have excellent behaviour and they should be encouraged to excel in this.

BADGES

Student of the week – These badges will be for learners nominated on a weekly basis by the teachers, each time a learner receives this badge for a week they get 10 merits. This is awarded to learners that have been working hard during the week and have shown a good attitude to their learning, behaviour and or completed an outstanding piece of work.

Prefect badges – for learners decided by teachers to be helpers in administrative duties during the school day. ‘No Bully Zone’- badges given to learners who want to actively promote good conduct and encourage each other to report and ensure no bullying is going on. These learners nominate themselves unless teachers feel some learners are better suited than others. These learners will be approachable and friendly and other students will be aware that they can approach these learners should any incidents occur. Carers are prepared and meetings take place to ensure if learners feel they can not help certain students then they have to report to the teachers ASAP.

School Council- these badges go to learners nominated by their class mates to represent them and to help put forward any suggestions or feedback to the head teacher to help improve the School.

SEAL (Social emotional aspects of Learning

LESSON PROTOCOL : These are guidelines for teachers.

  • Teachers should have a starter activity ready for students, either on the board or on desks.
  • Teacher reads register and students indicate presence with ‘Assalamalaikum’ at the end of the register, teachers say Wa-alaikum-Salam wa rahmathulahi wa barakathuhu’ to all the students and start the lesson.
  • The date and learning objectives should be written or pasted (if given out by teacher) into their books.
  • Teacher should ask the class to tidy up one minute before the end of the lesson. They should get ready for the next lesson.
  • During the last lesson of the day the students should be asked to tidy up and sit by their desks and collectively recite Suratul ‘Asr (this surah may change each week).
  • Students should refer to their teachers as Miss / Mrs / Sister followed by their first name or surname.
    • All teachers should make an active effort to make tasks during lessons as engaging and exciting for students as possible teaching the same thing in different ways in order to accommodate the different learning abilities of students.
    • There should be evidence of clearly differentiated materials in every lesson to make sure all abilities of students are facilitated.

These are guidelines for teachers to ensure better teaching practice. It is widely recognised that well prepared lessons result in less behaviour issues.

All teachers should have lesson plans prepared for all lessons which must be available should there be an absence last minute.

All teachers should have equipment needed for lessons ready before the lesson start time and not waste valuable lesson time looking for materials or printing. All material should be prepared before lessons.

In each lesson students should have clear learning objectives and a method of assessment at the end of each lesson should be used to evaluate student progress. Registers provided: All teachers must take attendance in every lesson and keep a record of home works and Assessments. (These are needed for use when assessing students overall performance in reports) KS3 will be graded according to new grading system 1 to 9. Whereby most learners in core subjects start in year 7 at level 2 and KS4 graded according to national curriculum guidelines.

All SOW’s should be in accordance with the national curriculum and a detailed SOW (Template provided) should be provided and constantly updated in accordance to guidelines set in the curriculum policy. Please ask if you are unsure.

Prepare your long term plans for KS3 and KS4. At KS4 assess your learners and give lower/higher work where appropriate.

Also view the progress tracker emailed to all teachers to make sure you are aware of students ability and weather they are meeting targets. This has to be updated by subject teachers after each formative assessment. This can be used by teachers to decide if they think any student needs intervention and bring it to HT attention or to SENCO lead, Ms Rowshonara’s attention ASAP.

Teachers will be aware in advance when exams and reports are due and are responsible for having reports ready at least one week before the students are due to take them home. Dates still need to be confirmed but check the yearly wall planner in main office regularly. This is your responsibility.

All teachers need to be aware of the examination time table for KS4 girls during exam times and work around this accordingly. Also Be aware that during exam times these students will more than likely have a time table change.

At the end of each day teachers teaching at that time are responsible for making sure:

  • All equipment is put away in the correct place (i.e projector and laptop etc..)
  • closing windows
  • closing lights
  • making sure the rooms are left tidy.”

SCHOOL RULES for Learners

School uniforms must be correct: black shoes.

PE kits must be correct : black tracksuit bottoms (no leggings): School PE top and PE scarf. Bring the correct equipment to school: Pens, Pencil, Ruler, Rubber & sharpner, Mathematics set, Glue stick, Small scissors, coloured pens and pencils and a USB for Computing Science.

No jewellery, nail -polish or make-up allowed. Parents will be notified.

Students are only allowed to use the school books given and not use their own.

The first exercise books for all lessons will be free for students. After this the students must pay for school books.

Students lunch time and break times must take place in the main hall only or outside in School grounds.

They are not allowed to loiter in hallways during these times with food or drink in their hands.

They are under no circumstances allowed to eat or drink anything in the class rooms other than drink water.

Students are not allowed to bring fizzy juice or junk food chocolates or sweets or anything unhealthy. The drink will be confiscated and parents will be notified.

Absolutely not allowed to bring or chew gum.

Students must not be late for any lessons.

Students are not allowed to leave the classroom once they are present unless the teacher gives a pass.

Students must carry their bags to all lessons.

Students are not allowed to write on the school tables or graffiti on anything hanging on the walls. This will be considered a serious offence and parents will be notified immediately.

Students are expected to respect teachers at all times and follow class room rules. They are also expected to show their class fellows respect at all times and show the proper Islamic behaviour towards each other.

All homework tasks have to be written down in the homework diaries and homework diaries and learning journals have to be signed by the form teacher once a week and parents every weekend. Learning journal on Wednesday’s and Homework diaries on Thursdays.

CLASSROOM RULES

Each teacher may have their own rules for students to follow, these are a guide:

  • Do follow Teacher’s instructions
  • Do ask permission if you need to leave the classroom and use the school pass
  • Do use your inside voice in the classroom
  • Do remain quiet whilst teacher or peers are talking
  • Do put your hand up to ask the Teacher a question or contribute to lesson
  • Do remain in your seats if the teacher leaves the room
  • Do tuck your chairs in when leaving your desk
  • Do pick things up from the floor
  • Do keep your classroom tidy

LUNCHTIME RULES

  • Do wait by your seats until Teacher dismisses you
  • Do wash your hands before eating
  • Do begin and finish eating with Dua
  • Do sit down to eat your pack lunch
  • Do bring only healthy food for lunch
  • Do tidy up after lunch