From Monday 26th June we will be trialling an amendment to our behaviour policy with Year 8 students.
Why are we doing this?
We have reviewed our current behaviour policy as we do every year at this time and we wanted to address the following areas:
- We wanted consequences for in lesson behaviours to be immediate for students as opposed to waiting 24 hours. We feel this will help students clearly understand why their actions and choices led to a consequence. We want to coach students about how this will affect their life chances and the life chances of others and instil the school’s values. It also means we can make a fresh start much faster.
- We wanted to introduce a fairer consequence system that better reflected the range of choices students make. e.g. There would be a different consequence for disturbing the learning of others and affecting the life chances of themselves and others in a lesson in comparison to a student not following a reasonable request to tuck their shirt in outside of the classroom.
We wanted to trial any changes we are planning to make with our students to gather their feedback before we implement any whole school changes.
What will remain the same?
Every aspect of our current behaviour policy will remain the same, including ensuring every student is issued a chance and choice for in lesson behaviours.
What will change?
From Monday 26th June (FOR YEAR 8 ONLY)
- Students will no longer be required to go to a Correction Room (another classroom) when they have been issued a correction for in class behaviours.
- Instead students will make their way to a ‘Triage’ Room. The Triage Room will be staffed by a Senior Leader at all times. In the Triage Room students will be able to talk to the senior leader about the incident. Senior Leaders will use their professional judgement at this point to support students to make good choices, make reasonable adjustments in line with agreed plans and ensure the student is ready to go into the Reflection Room.
- Once the Senior Leader is happy that the student understands the reasons they have been sent to the Triage room they will escort them into the Reflection Room.
- Students will spend 3 consecutive lessons in the reflection room with an additional 30 minutes at the end of the same day. For example: This means if a student is removed to go to the reflection room in session 2. They will complete the remainder of session 2, session 3 and 30 minutes at the end of the day. They would then attend the Reflection room for PREP time, session 1 and 2 the following day. The student would attend session 3 the following day as normal.
This is to ensure that students recognise the importance of supporting their ‘team mates’ in lesson by following the perfect climate and taking responsibility for the choices they make so everyone including themselves can learn and have the best life chances. The consequence is immediate and also supports children to not repeat the same behaviours in the correction room or other lessons throughout the day.
At Little Lever, we believe in disruption free learning as we want to help all our students achieve things they never thought they could and leave Little Lever with the best life chances. The 3 consecutive lesson reflection period is to ensure students clearly understand the importance of both their own learning, and the learning of their peers and the reasons they have been removed from the classroom. It also allows for the consequence to be completed immediately and allows the student to make a ‘fresh start’ as soon as they enter the next lesson they attend.
Parents will receive a phone call from a member of staff to inform them when their child has been removed from lesson and explain that their 3 consecutive lesson period in Reflection is about to begin.
Teachers are also expected to contact parents when a student has been removed from their lesson to the Reflection Room. This is to help parents work effectively with the school to prevent the same behaviour from happening again.
What does the Reflection Room look like?
The Reflection Room is set out as any other classroom would be. Students will sit at a desk in rows. Every student will have access to a Google Chrome book.
Two members of staff will be in the room to support students. If a student who receives Teaching Assistant support is placed in the Reflection Room, then their TA will remain in the room with them for the allocated time they would be timetabled to support the student.
What will students do in the Reflection Room?
- Students will follow their online curriculum on their Google Chromebooks. Currently students will cover English, maths and science in the three lessons they are in the Reflection Room
- Students will complete a restorative conversation
- Students will have the opportunity to independently read
- Students will complete a re-integration form before they return to their lessons
Any planned interventions that have been arranged for a student will take place as normal and students will be able to leave the Reflection Room to complete these interventions.
YEAR 8 students will have a separate Reflection Room which will just be for Year 8 students through the period of the trial.