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Our Expectations

Our Expectations of Behaviour for Learning at Little Lever…

 

We set high expectations of behaviour and behaviour for learning at Little Lever.  We do this because, very simply, it helps every person achieve things they never thought they could!

It helps teachers to teach and students to learn and EVERYONE (students, teachers and parents) takes responsibility for this.

Our students have a responsibility when they put on our blazer to:

  • Help THEMSELVES achieve things they never thought they could
  • Help OTHERS achieve things they never thought they could

When students wear the Little Lever blazer they take up the responsibility to ‘leave the blazer in a better place’.  This means they represent all the students and staff that currently attend and have previously attended Little Lever, all the future generations that will attend Little Lever and everyone in their community.  It is a great responsibility to have.

 

What do we expect from ALL of our students?

Every student is capable of managing their own behaviour.  We expect all our students to independently manage their own behaviour.  We set very clear expectations and we expect EVERY student to meet these expectations.  We do this in order that EVERY student has the best chance of achieving things they never thought they could at Little Lever, but it also helps to develop the necessary skills of self-management in order to be successful in life!  We set clear boundaries and expectations to support students to self-manage their behaviour.

We have two very simple ways in which we do this:

  • The Perfect Climate
  • Corridor Climate 

 

The Perfect Climate

This is designed for classrooms where learning (of our curriculum) is taking place.  If students follow the perfect climate it helps themselves and others achieve things they never thought they could.

Perfect Climate 1 = Silent and focussed work – this means students cannot speak to each other and must raise their hand if they need to ask a question during this time.  It is used so students can concentrate in an environment that will help them produce the best piece of work they can independently of others.

Perfect Climate 2 = Groups or Pairs – students will have opportunities to talk to each other, to explore and discover and problem solve.  While they do this, they must stay focussed on the task and conversations must always be about the task/learning.

Perfect Climate 3 = One Voice Everyone Listens – this ensures that whether it is the teacher that is talking or a student that is demonstrating, explaining or asking a question everyone is listening. 

 

Corridor Climate

This is designed for ‘out of classroom behaviour’ when students move around the building.  In order that all our students help themselves and others achieve things they never thought they could we ask that when students move through the building they are QUIET and SENSIBLE.  This is so students do not disturb the learning of other students and so everyone is safe.

Sensible means non-contact, no running and behaviour that respects the safety of all other students.

Quiet does not mean silent.  It means that conversations and the volume of those conversations never disturb the learning of any other students.

 

What happens if students choose not to follow the Perfect Climate?

 

Choices…Chances…Consequences

If students choose not to follow the Perfect Climate then it is exactly that… it is a choice they have made.  Teachers will reference the Perfect Climate with every task they set so it is clear.  It will be expected that if students are unsure they raise their hand and ask politely.

If a student has made the choice not to follow the Perfect Climate they will be given a C1.  This is a warning to remind them that their behaviour has disturbed the learning of others and themselves.  The student now has a chance to change their behaviour in order that they and the rest of the class can learn effectively.

If a student again makes the choice not to follow the Perfect Climate they will be given a C2.  This is a final reminder that their choices are affecting the learning of others and themselves and if they continue to do this they will be removed from the lesson.

If after two opportunities to change their behaviour the student continues to make the choice to not follow the Perfect Climate they will then be given a C3. At this point they will be asked to leave the classroom and go to a ‘consequence room’ (another classroom).  It is the student’s responsibility to go to their consequence room and they must arrive promptly. 

When students have been issued a C3 they will receive a 30 minute detention which will be completed the day after the C3 was issued in the vast majority of circumstances.  This is to ensure students clearly understand the reasons for their C3 detention and they can complete the consequence as quickly as possible and make a ‘fresh start’ as soon as possible.  Parents will receive a text to inform them about the C3 detention.  The text will state which teacher issued the C3 detention (where possible) and the reason for doing so.  This is to help parents work effectively with the school to prevent the same behaviour from happening again.  Our sims parent app also helps parents to monitor achievement points and behaviour instances on a daily basis (insert link).

An immediate C3 may be issued by a member of staff for any behaviours that are intentionally unsafe or abusive.  This will be down to the professional judgement of the teacher.

C3 detentions take place on Monday to Friday from 3.05pm until 3.35pm except on a Wednesday when it will be between 2:15 pm until 2:45pm

All students are expected to turn up to their C3 detention without being reminded.  We expect that ALL our students take responsibility for their actions.  It is the student’s responsibility to ensure they turn up to their C3 detention on time the following day.  A list is published each day for students to check.  If students are unsure, they have until the end of lunch time on the day of their C3 detention to speak to a member of staff who will be happy to help them. 

A C3 detention will not be changed or moved unless exceptional circumstances arise.

An after-school sporting fixture, an enrichment event, a GP doctor’s appointment or picking up siblings from a local primary school are not exceptional circumstances and students will be expected to complete their C3 detention.  If students want to attend their sporting fixtures, enrichment activities and help out their families they must make the right choices when they are learning.  Before a C3 is issued (unless it is intentionally unsafe or abusive behaviour) there will always be a choice and a chance to change their behaviour.   If parents feel there are exceptional circumstances they can contact the school on the number provided on the text message and we will be happy to discuss this.

EVERY student has the choice and the chance to change their behaviour before a consequence is issued. 

What happens if students choose not to follow the Corridor Climate?

 

Choices…Chances…Consequences

Staff will ‘Meet and Greet’ students on the doors to their classrooms.  They will remind students as they walk by to be quiet and sensible as they move to their next lesson.

If students choose to ignore these reminders and shout loudly down the corridor or are not sensible as they move down the corridor then they will be asked to stop.  A member of staff will ask for the student’s name. 

Parents will then receive a text message to inform them that their child’s corridor behaviour did not help other students achieve things they never thought they could.  In a similar way to our perfect climate this text message will act as a C1.  This is to help parents work effectively with the school to prevent the same behaviour from happening again.

If the student chooses to repeat the same behaviour as they move through the building they will be asked to stop again and another text message will be sent home.  This will be a C2.

If the student chooses again to repeat the same behaviour they will be asked to stop again.  This will now be a C3 and the student will be issued with a C3 detention.  Parents will be informed of this via another text.  This will simply explain the reason for the C3 is ‘not following corridor climate’.  It will again be the student’s responsibility to check the C3 list and turn up to their detention.  If students are unsure, they have until the end of lunch time on the day of their C3 detention to speak to a member of staff who will be happy to help them. 

Once a C3 has been issued and the consequence is complete we make a ‘fresh start’ once more.

EVERY student has the choice and the chance to change their behaviour before a consequence is issued. 

Clarifying why students could be placed in our isolation room…

 

Choices…Chances…Consequences

We make our consequence system very clear for students in order to support them to self-manage their own behaviour.  At each stage of our consequence system students have a choice to make.  If they make the right choices they will never receive a consequence and will instead receive praise and rewards.  If they make choices that continue to prevent themselves or others from achieving things they never thought they could they will receive consequences for their actions.   

At each stage of our consequence ladder students will always have a choice.  This choice will determine whether the consequence moves up the ladder or stays the same.

The consequence will never be removed as we want to educate our students about taking responsibility for their actions and the impact their actions can have on themselves and others.  They will, however, always have a choice.  It is then their responsibility to choose the path they wish to take.  Consequences are a way in which students accept responsibility for their actions and in completing the consequence they show they understand this and are remorseful for their actions which have prevented themselves and others from achieving things they never thought they could.

The Isolation room is an opportunity for students to reflect on the choices they have made.  Students complete specific English, maths and science work whilst in the isolation room.  We also work with students who are placed in isolation to ‘unpick’ the choices they made and help them to make better choices the next time they are placed in that situation so they understand the impact their choices and actions had on themselves and others.  The time students spend in isolation is determined by the actions and choices they make.

 

Some examples of why a student will be placed in isolation:

  1. If a student does not turn up to their C3 detention – Students that choose not to turn up to their C3 detention and accept the responsibility of their actions will be placed in isolation the next day until 3.40pm. 
  2. If a student receives 2 or more C3’s in one day – Students that choose to persistently prevent themselves and others from achieving things they never thought they could either in a classroom (Perfect Climate) or as they move around the school (Corridor Climate) will be placed in isolation as soon as possible until 3.40pm
  3. If a student refuses to go to the ‘consequence room’, does not go directly to their consequence room or repeats the same behaviour in the consequence room -   The teacher will give the student an opportunity to choose once more what they would like to do before this consequence is given.  If they continue to refuse at this point the student will have had at least 5 opportunities to change their behaviour. They will now be placed in isolation where we can support students to make better choices and ‘unpick’ their thought processes to prevent the same situation from occurring again.

Students may also be placed in isolation for one off instances that pose a health and safety risk either to themselves or other students (this includes being out of bounds or repeatedly refusing to follow a reasonable request from staff).  This will be at the professional judgment of the member of staff and approved by a senior leader or learning leader.  (please refer to our BfL policy for more details)

Parents will receive a text message to inform them if their child is placed in isolation until 3.40pm and the reason for this.

EVERY student has the choice and the chance to change their behaviour before a consequence is issued.