Approved Date: September 2018
Approved By: Governors

Review Date: September 2019

Behaviour Policy

   Introduction

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

    At IHS 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.

The Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) said:

“Respect your children and teach them good behaviour, Allah will forgive (your sins).”

The child is the master for seven years (1st stage) ; and a slave for seven years (2nd stage) and a vizier for seven years (3rd stage) ; so if he builds a good character within 21 years, well and good, otherwise leave him alone because (if you looked after him for 21 years). You have discharged your responsibility before Allah.

Our vision

At Iqra High School we set high expectations of behaviour. Together, we promote positive behaviour in our pupils and create an environment in which this can flourish. The aim of this policy is to ensure our school has a positive atmosphere, where each member of the community feels valued and in which there is a joint approach and shared responsibility between parent, pupils, governors and the school.

Discipline within our school stems from our Islamic values and principles of love, care and respect for each other. Our   Mission Statement underpins our School Behaviour Policy as it aims to ‘prepare individuals that can be true to their Islamic faith and also serve and contribute in a positive, impactful and meaningful way’.

       All students will

  • Treat other young people and adults with respect
  • Speak politely to other people
  • Have self-confidence and high self-esteem
  • Aim for 100% attendance and punctuality
  • Take care of all school equipment and buildings

Learning to behave

The school aims to provide a safe, secure, supportive environment where students can learn, and teachers can teach. There is a direct link between the way young people learn and their behaviour. It is the job of staff at all levels to help and encourage students’ understanding of socially acceptable and appropriate behaviour.

     To encourage this, staff will:

  • Model exemplary behaviour
  • Treat all students and adults with respect
  • Speak politely to each other
  • Build student confidence and self-esteem through positive reinforcement
  • Avoid using critical or sarcastic language
  • Recognise student effort and achievements on a regular basis and celebrate success
  • Keep parents informed about success, efforts and achievements
  • Use rewards and sanctions effectively and consistent
  • Challenge unacceptable behaviour
  • Any reasonable request from a member of staff should be carried out at once and without argument.
  • Work in partnership with parents through regular contact to help improve behaviour

    Courtesy

In speaking and responding to others, all students must respect the normal conventions of courtesy

Students should therefore:

  • Be honest and truthful
  • Use appropriate language for the working environment
  • Speak politely, pleasantly and with respect to all adults including all members of staff, both teaching and non-teaching, and visitors to the school
  • Speak quietly, politely and pleasantly to other students, including those who are exercising responsibility for a school activity or carrying out a duty

    Consideration and concern for others

All members of our School must respect the human rights of others and have regard for the well- being and academic progress of fellow students.

Students should therefore:

  • Treat all members of the school community equally, and with care and concern
  • Encourage and support other students
  • Act as positive role models to younger students

Students should create an environment free from bullying and therefore:

  • Avoid insulting, abusive, and hurtful language or images – face to face verbal or written or placed on social networking and message sites/ mobile phones/ camera phones or any other form of technology.
  • Must not make racist, sexist or homophobic comments
  • Avoid the use of behaviour or body language or teasing which others find intimidating, threatening or hurtful
  • Avoid the use of physical violence of any form
  • Avoid the use of exclusion from friendship groups as a means of intimidation and hurt
  • Avoid any part in the spreading of rumours
  • Avoid behaviour which causes other students to under-perform in academic work
  • Avoid behaviour which damages the self-esteem of others

In order to prevent a repeat of the bullying described above, a student should report to a member of staff, preferably the Anti-Bullying Coordinator, without delay:

  • The occurrence of any of the above abuses to herself
  • If she witnesses the occurrence of any of the above abuses to fellow students

    (Please refer to Anti-bullying policy for behaviour expectations)

 

Each member of our School must behave in a way that allows her and others to work successfully, without disruption, safely and with enjoyment.

General points

  • Rudeness, disrespect or insolence towards members of staff are not acceptable, nor excusable.
  • A student must observe health and safety rules, as directed by the School Code of Conduct and by subject-specific and specialist room guidelines.
  • A student must adhere to the rules governing ICT and mobile phone use, including use of computer hardware and software computer messaging, accessing computer data and posting images on internet sites.
  • Eating is not allowed inside the school building, except for the dining area.
  • Students may drink water at anytime and anywhere in school, except in the Science labs.
  • Chewing gum is not allowed in any part of school premises
  • Electronic devices are not allowed in school between 8.30am and the end of the school day.
  • A student is expected to use breaks and lunch hours for toilet visits, not lesson time, unless she is taken ill suddenly or is suffering from a notified medical condition.

Health and safety

All members of our School must have regard for the health and safety of themselves and others.

a)     Students should be orderly and considerate in moving around school: –

  • Walk on the left along corridors
  • Do not run anywhere inside the school building
  • Be patient and avoid pushing
  • Use the correct corridors for accessing the classrooms
  • Give way to others at doorways, opening the doors to allow others through first
  • Hold doors open for those walking behind
  • Organise break and lunch time activities safely, using equipment sensibly and fairly
  • Line up when required to do so, and in a sensible, fair and well-ordered manner

Note: All rules regarding Health and Safety as stipulated in detail in the separate Health and Safety policy must be adhered to at all times

b)     Students should ensure that school staff always know their whereabouts. They should:

  • Remain on the school site during the school day unless they have written permission to leave from parents
  • Always sign out at Reception if given permission to leave school during the school day.
  • Always sign in at Reception if arriving in school after registration

c)     Students should respect all procedures and rules designed for their safety:

  • Respect and not tamper with safety equipment such as fire-fighting appliances and alarms
  • Co-operate in practice evacuation of the school in preparation for any emergency which might arise
  • Tie back long/ loose scarves at times when this is a health and safety requirement

Respect for property

All members of the school must respect and take responsibility for property — their own property, other people’s property and the school’s property.

A student should therefore:

  • hand lost property in to the office
    • avoid bringing valuable property and large sums of money to school
    • carry money in a named purse on her person at all times
    • treat all school property — books, furniture, lockers, equipment and buildings — with care and respect
    • report to the office or a teacher any damage to school property or graffiti immediately it occurs or as soon as damage is noticed
    • clear up after meals and snacks
    • keep the changing room, locker area, corridors, classrooms and playground tidy and clean
    • avoid putting personal belongings on top of lockers
    • keep books, furniture and buildings free from graffiti
    • put litter in bins
    • take care not to damage displays whilst moving around rooms and corridors

We regret that the school cannot take responsibility for the loss or theft of belongings, nor damage to belongings

Promoting the school and its Islamic Ethos

All members of the school must do their best to maintain the highest possible reputation, both for themselves and for the school

Therefore, students should:

  • be aware at all times of the impression they create, ensuring that this impression is positive
  • dress appropriately for school by wearing the correct uniform, ensuring that it is clean and well-maintained and that it reflects the Islamic code of dress. (Please refer to the uniform policy and student planner for full details).
  • adhere to the school code of dress for out of school activities.
  • behave politely and with consideration for others at all times in school, when acting as a representative of the school in extra-curricular activities and off-site visits, and when travelling to and from school on public transport.
  • behave in a sporting manner in all competitive events
  • welcome visitors to the school in a helpful friendly and respectful manner

Sanctions will be applied fairly and consistently to all students.

  • Students can be disciplined at any time in school or for misbehaviour outside of school, e.g. on school visits, on the way to and from school, on social networking sites, etc.
  • Teachers have the legal power to impose detention in and outside of school hours; this is defined as after any school day when the student is present, weekends and Inset days; parental consent is not required for detention.
  • Students will be detained for no more than 15 minutes at the end of the school day without prior parental notice.
  • Parents will be given a minimum of twenty-four hours’ notice if the student is to be detained after school for up to one hour or at any other time outside of school hours.
  • Teachers can confiscate student property.
  • The school reserves the right to search students (See “Searching, screening and confiscation” policy).

Equality Act 2010

This policy acknowledges the school’s legal duties under the Equality Act 2010, in respect of safeguarding and in respect of students with special educational needs (SEN)

Rewards and Sanctions

Rewards

  • Students participate in a system of merits that acknowledges and praises achievement, effort and good citizenship. Students can convert merits for rewards of different values depending on the number of merits achieved

    Merit system

  • 5-10 –  stamp reward
  • 11-20 – stationary reward
  • 21-30 – postcard
  • 31-40 – letter
  • 41-50 – phone call
  • 60 – reward trip
  • Individual and form reward certificates and prizes are distributed in a special assembly at the end of each term. They are issued for the following achievements:

   For the term

  • 100% attendance and punctuality
  • 100% punctuality
  • 100% salat in school
  • Highest merits in each year group
  • No Demerits in each year group
  • Subject reward for all year groups
  • Food Drive award for the form group that brings in the most donations for the food bank
  • BFG Award – following criteria will be taken into consideration for this award:
    • No pastoral issues recorded for that term
    • Support shown for each other through the term/sisterhood
  • Outstanding Form Award – following criteria will be taken into consideration for this award:
    • Attendance and punctuality
    • Merits and demerits
    • Uniform and equipment checklist
    • Class behaviour record
  • Subject Ambassador award
  • Individual recognition award – for taking part in an activity that showed exceptional contribution in or outside of school.

     For the year

  • 100% attendance and punctuality
  • 100% salat in school
  • No Demerits

Sanctions

The School seeks to encourage, recognise and reward positive attitudes, behaviour, attendance and achievement through a system of certification, letters of congratulation, form and individual prizes, trips and activities. (However, if a student breaks the School’s Code of Conduct, she must accept the consequences of her actions). The following principles underpin the school’s sanctions policy.

If a student breaks the School’s Code of Conduct, she must accept the consequences of her actions. Sanctions will be applied fairly and consistently to all students.

For single and minor misdemeanours, such sanctions might include repositioning the student within the class, setting additional subject-related work, subject detention at lunchtime or giving tasks useful to the school community during break or the lunch hour.

Demerits are given for infringements such as failure to hand homework in on time, arriving late to school/lessons, talking at inappropriate times in class, forgetting equipment, etc.

If a student receives five demerits, she is required to attend an after-school detention (time will be notified on the letter to parents). Students who receive more than 15 demerits will not be allowed to take part in the end of term reward trip.

  • Teachers have statutory authority to discipline students whose behaviour is unacceptable, who break school rules or fail to follow a reasonable instruction.
  • This power also applies to all paid staff with responsibility for student      .

Behaviour system in the classroom:

The Behaviour System is used when pupils make the wrong choices. The system is consistent across the school and gives pupils the opportunity to reflect on their actions and change their behaviour. The expectations regarding behaviour needs to be consistent across the school.

If your name is written on the board:

  • The first time is a warning.
  • If unacceptable behaviour continues a tick will be place next your name and a sanction is imposed

                                1 tick = break DT

                                2 ticks = lunch DT

                                3 ticks = afterschool DT (letter home)

                                4 ticks = removal and isolation (letter home)

    The number of demerits will determine the sanctions imposed:

  • 5 demerits= 30 min after school DT
  • 10 demerits= phone call home and 30 min after school DT
  • 15 demerits= meeting with parents in school to set targets for yellow report card overseen by form tutor & 30min DT
  • 20 demerits= detention on Saturday with parent/parents will take place and new targets set for green report overseen by SLT or Deputy Head card
  • 25 demerits= meeting with parents and 2-day isolation in school with planned work and targets set for red report card, over seen by HT, will be set.
  • 30 demerits= meeting with parents and school director, suspension from school for an agreed number of days.

Exclusion from school

  • Fixed term exclusion from school will be used as a sanction where serious breaches of the behaviour policy take place
  • Permanent exclusion will be considered for the following:
  • use of or possession of weapons or other illegal substances (see “Searching, screening and confiscation” policy for list of prohibited items)
  • drug dealing
  • serious threats of and actual violence
  • bullying
  • persistent and serious breaches of the school behaviour policy
  • where the school believes that a student’s presence in the school represents a serious threat to others
  • use of inappropriate language or serious misbehaviour towards a staff member or visitors to school
  • theft
  • truancy

Detention Procedure

For after-school detentions parents will be notified in writing in advance. Notification will normally be by student post, but may be sent using the public postal system, or by text message.

If a student is absent on the day of a detention, the detention will be rearranged. If she is in school but fails to attend a notified detention, it will be rearranged and doubled, so that she will have to attend on two separate occasions. Formal detentions will be noted in a student’s individual school record and may appear on her school report.

After school detentions apply to all students, regardless of the distance they live from school, and parents are given several days’ notice to allow them ample time to make arrangements for their daughter’s journey home.

SANCTIONS APPLICABLE FOR PARTICULAR MISDEMEANOURS

We expect all of our students to behave in an exemplary manner at all times, responding to all instructions given by staff immediately and without argument, and showing respect and courtesy in their dealings with every other member of the school community and to members of the public.

If you do not follow the school rules, sanctions will be applied as laid out below:

  IF YOU DO THIS…   …THIS WILL HAPPEN
    Arrive late to registration   Demerit 3 lates consecutively in the half term will mean an afterschool detention
    Arrive late to lesson     Demerit
 Reading book not bought in for form time/lesson  Demerit
 Equipment/PE or uniform     item not bought in or   incorrect     Demerit
  Copy homework   Demerit. Homework must be redone.
    Homework not completed  Demerit, opportunity to hand in next day, detention if fails and has to    attend homework club.    Pupils with homework issues such as poor quality, not completed   correctly need to attend the homework club.
  Allow others to copy your homework   Demerit.
  Do homework for a different subject in a lesson   Demerit. The homework will be confiscated, and the teacher concerned will be informed- the homework must be completed again in your own time.
  Pass notes   Demerit. Note will be confiscated and may be shown to Form Tutor, SLT, Head Teacher or parents. Other sanctions may apply depending on contents of the note.
   Disruptive behaviour in the   corridors, when waiting for  a lesson    Take down names and add on the board as a warning.
   Disruptive behaviour in the   corridors, during break or   lunch      Demerit
  Disruptive talking in lessons after having been warned verbally   Behaviour System in classroom will be actioned  
  Graffiti in/on books/homework diary, clothing, marking on the body   Demerit, then detention if repeated. You will be asked to cover diary/book if graffiti is on cover. Note: If the graffiti is excessive the book/diary will be confiscated, and your parents will be informed. You will have to buy a new book/diary.
  Graffiti on walls, tables, school property   You must clean the graffiti. One to five demerits, or a more severe sanction, depending on extent/nature of graffiti.
  Cancel demerits   5 demerits and therefore detention
  Take a demerit for another student   Detention for both students
       
  Add merits   5 demerits and therefore detention
  Lose/Rip out demerit page/warning page of homework diary   5 demerits and therefore detention
  Use two homework diaries   5 demerits and therefore detention
  Lose your homework dairy   Demerit each day you are without your diary. You will be given five school days to find the diary or buy a new one. You must ask your form tutor for a temporary diary to use during this time. You will get a detention if you do not find/replace the diary within five days.
  Forge parents’ signature in homework diary or in notes to teachers   A minimum of five demerits, and therefore detention, but the sanction might be more severe in certain cases, e.g. repeated offence or depending on the nature of the information in the note/diary
  Incorrect uniform or uniform worn incorrectly, e.g. scarf not worn properly, heeled   First occasion: Warning. Subsequent Occasions: Easy hijab will be worn for the day You will be asked to rectify the situation by the next day and will be given a demerit if you do not do so. You might be sent home if there is a persistent problem with your uniform.
  Wear make-up Wear coloured contact lenses   Demerit and note in homework diary You must remove the make-up immediately
  Wear jewellery (other than a watch), including badges, friendship bracelets, etc   First occasion: Warning. The item will be confiscated until the end of the school day.   Subsequent occasions: Demerit and item will be confiscated until for one calendar month.
  Use inappropriate language between students   First occasion: Warning Further occasions: Demerit, or more severe sanction. Note: You will be referred to the Pastoral team if you are heard using inappropriate language repeatedly, and immediately if the language is abusive, and in these instances more severe sanctions will apply.
  Use inappropriate language towards a member of staff   Immediate referral to Head Teacher – a severe sanction will be imposed, which could include permanent exclusion.
  IF YOU DO THIS…   …THIS WILL HAPPEN
  Eat in class/on corridors   Food/sweets will be confiscated. First Occasion: Warning in planner. Subsequent occasions: Demerit. You may be asked to pick up litter Note: You may drink water in school, including in lessons. Water must be in a clear plastic bottle. Any fizzy or energy drinks will be confiscated.
  Chewing gum: Bring in to school or eat in school   5 demerits and therefore detention
  Participate in a water fight or any associated action   5 demerits and therefore detention
  Switch your mobile phone on at any time on school premises, including before 8.30am and after 3.25pm.   Fail to hand in your mobile phone   Use a phone to take photographs /video in school at any time   Bring electronic devices, other than a mobile phone or USB, to school   First occasion: The phone/device including the sim card will be confiscated for one week.   Subsequent occasions: Confiscation period will be one month or longer.   The phone/device must be collected from school by the parents, unless they contact a member of staff personally to request that the phone be given back to the student.
  Bring aerosols into school   Demerit. Aerosol will be confiscated.
  Bring banned items into school, e.g. knives, blades, weapons, alcohol, drugs, tobacco related products including electronic cigarettes, stolen items, fireworks, matches or any other inflammable items   Immediate referral to Head Teacher May lead to exclusion depending on the severity of the offence.
Cheat in exams Student copying/cheating: 0% awarded, letter sent home, one day’s isolation.   Other student(s) involved: Letter sent home, after school detention.

Policy reviewed Sep 2018 (TP)