Effective teaching and learning can only take place in a well ordered environment. Promoting positive behaviour requires the commitment of all members of our school community, students, parents and staff; it requires a consistency of practice across the school to ensure that students know the standard of behaviour that is expected of them.
Our Behaviour for Learning Policy invites all members of the school community to actively participate in enabling all young people to strive to reach their full potential.
The Behaviour for Learning Policy assists Knowledge Gate International School in offering all students an education of the highest quality as an essential preparation for life and to enable each student to develop their talents to the full, both as an individual, and as a member of the wider community.
If all members of the school community are to develop and achieve their best then they must be free to learn and teach in an environment that is caring and respectful, open and welcoming, culturally affirming and equitable.
‘Achievement for All’
• Providing challenging and enjoyable learning experiences
• Having high expectations of everyone
• Developing confident, ambitious and determined learners who take pride in everything they do
• Ensuring that everyone feels safe, secure and happy to be at school
• Promoting the acquisition of life skills and a growth mindset
• Valuing and celebrating each individual’s progress and effort
• Supporting, guiding and inspiring each individual in order to maximise their potential
• Expecting personal responsibility and respect for others
• Encouraging positive relationships between all partners in the school community
• We believe that everyone matters
The emphasis is on good order and respect for the individual thus enabling high quality teaching and learning for all members of our community.
It is our belief that if our approach to behaviour management is consistent and applied by all it will make a significant difference to our ability to teach well and our students’ ability to learn effectively.
We recognize that the vast majority of students want to behave well and want to learn. With positive behaviour management we can help them to achieve to the best of their ability.
1. To maximise the effect of the school to positively influence behaviour.
2. To raise levels of self-esteem so that students feel good about themselves and achieve their full potential.
3. To clearly identify what is meant by good and bad behaviour.
4. To ensure that the application of rewards and sanctions is consistent and systematic.
5. To give school staff and students a sense of direction.
6. To ensure students’ attitudes are consistently positive to learning and behaviour in a range of different teaching groups and towards a range of staff including administration, support, cover, new and inexperienced staff
7. To support students to make an exceptional contribution to a safe, positive learning environment where they make every effort to ensure others learn and thrive
8. To produce students with high levels of engagement, courtesy, collaboration and cooperation with excellent, enthusiastic attitudes to learning, enabling lessons to proceed without interruption. Students who are highly adept at managing their own behaviour
The Curriculum and Learning:
We believe that an appropriately structured curriculum and effective learning contribute to good behaviour. Thorough planning for the needs of individual students, the active involvement of students in their own learning, and structured feed- back all help to avoid the alienation and disaffection which can lie at the root of poor behaviour.
It follows that lessons should have clear learning objectives, understood by the students and success criteria. Marking and record keeping can be used both as a supportive activity, providing feed-back to the students on their progress and achievements, and as a signal that the student's efforts are valued and that progress matters. (See the Assessment and Homework policy for further details).
Classroom management and teaching methods have an important influence on student's behaviour. The classroom environment gives clear messages to the student about the extent to which they and their efforts are valued. Relationships between teacher and student, strategies for encouraging good behaviour, arrangements of furniture, access to resources and classroom displays all have a bearing on the way students behave.
Classrooms should be organised to develop independence and personal initiative. Furniture should be arranged to provide an environment conducive to on-task behaviour and encourage group work where possible. Materials and resources should be arranged to aid accessibility and reduce uncertainty and disruption. Displays should help develop self-esteem through demonstrating the value of every individual's contribution, and overall the classroom should provide a welcoming environment.
Teaching methods should encourage enthusiasm and active participation for all. Lessons should aim to develop the skills, knowledge and understanding which will enable the student to work in co-operation with others. Praise should be used to encourage good behaviour as well as good work.
Good behaviour does not happen by accident. It is the responsibility of those concerned with the school - parents, staff and students - to ensure good behaviour.
Students’ responsibilities have an essential part to play in relation to the new policy. Students are to show respect for and co-operate with all members of the school community, who work among them and have charge over them.
Staff responsibilities are to:
• model leadership.
• seek to raise the self-esteem of all students and develop their full potential.
• work in close co-operation with parents in matters of behaviour management and to encourage students to take responsibility for their own behaviour.
• recognise and celebrate student’s achievements.
• create and maintain an ordered and calm atmosphere in which all members of the school community can feel comfortable and secure.
Students’ Responsibilities are to:
• abide by the Home School Agreement. See Appendix 1
• work to the best of their ability and allow others to do the same
• treat others with respect
• obey the instructions of school staff; first time of asking
• take care of property and the school environment
• co-operate with other student and adults
• complete work, homework and any coursework to the best of their ability
• wear uniform correctly at all times during the school day. Students should arrive and depart correctly dressed
• attend school and arrive on time.
Parents, Guardians have responsibilities as role models for our young people and they have an essential part to play in relation to the new Behaviour for Learning Policy. The policy can not be seen in isolation from the parent’s task as being primarily and principally responsible for their child’s education.
Under the policy, parents are expected to co-operate with Knowledge Gate International School and work with teachers and other members of staff to help their child develop to their full human potential.
Parents / Guardians responsibilities are to:
• abide by the Home/School Agreement
• support the Behaviour for Learning Policy
• share concerns about their child’s education, welfare and behaviour with the school
• take an interest in their child’s work and achievements
• help their child with their work
• attend Parents’ evenings and support school functions
• support the school in achieving a minimum 95% attendance rate for their child
• inform the school of any absence
• ensure their child arrives at school on time
• ensure their child is in full school uniform and wears that uniform correctly
• ensure their child completes homework and coursework to the best of his or her ability.
• can be defined;
• includes respecting others;
• includes listening to and responding to teachers;
• includes avoiding conflict with others.
Above all it means our students accepting responsibility for their own actions and their own learning and ensuring that they do not affect the education of others by poor behaviour.
It is part of our policy at Knowledge Gate International School that every student will be taught in an atmosphere that permits them to gain maximum benefit in every lesson. To achieve this, our Behaviour for Learning Policy has been developed which contains Classroom Rules and Corridor Rules - each student is entitled to be taught in classrooms free from disruption and to be able to walk about school free from harassment.
We also have a system that brings reward to those who behave well.
The foundations of our Behaviour for Learning Policy at Knowledge Gate International School are the following 3 elements:
• Rules of the school
Students should always be commended for good behaviour. At Knowledge Gate International School we believe that students learn by praise, reward and celebration of achievement. The list below illustrates the various rewards that are given out in school:
1. Verbal and non-verbal praise by staff.
2. Stamps and comments in books and planners.
3. Positive letters home / Postcards / emails
4. Achievement points
5. Public recognition of achievement: assembly, newsletters, annual Celebration Evenings, press releases and log book.
6. Group achievement recognition: Inter-house trophies based on attendance, sporting and other competitions.
7. Individual effort / achievement recognised, leading to Reward Prizes.
8. Form groups will be rewarded for behaviour and attendance.
9. Termly certificates awarded in assemblies.
10. Headteacher nomination by subject staff to see the Headteacher with outstanding work and details published on website.
We all like to know when we are doing well and we hope that members of staff will tell the students when their work or behaviour is good.
Stamps and comments in books and planners:
Staff will let students know when effort / achievement has been good for class / homework via a comment or a stamp in the students’ book / planner.
Staff are able to record positive comments on the lesson monitor system and achievement points – these are recorded on the student’s Sims profiles. The achievement team celebrate these comments / points in assemblies and on an individual basis with students.
To help us achieve our aims we have agreed a set of rules for around the school, these rules form part of our Behaviour for Learning Policy and students are expected to follow them at all times.
These rules will be displayed in each teaching room.
RULES OF BEHAVIOUR FOR THE CLASSROOM:
1. Always be punctual, wait quietly and be fully equipped, ready to work.
2. Follow instructions first time - every time.
3. No loud talking, interrupting, teasing or name-calling.
4. Keep feet, hands and objects to yourself.
5. Stay on task and allow others to do so.
6. No mobile phones, iPods or MP3 players to be switched on or visible in lessons.
7. Wear the Knowledge Gate International School uniform correctly at all times. No non-uniform items permitted.
8. No eating, including chewing gum or drinking, with the exception of water.
1. Obey staff instructions without comment.
2. Walk on the left in an orderly fashion.
3. Wear the Knowledge Gate International School uniform correctly at all times - no non-uniform items permitted.
4. No running or shouting.
Any student breaking our rules will be issued a corresponding consequence – the rules and consequences are articulated below.
Teachers will be responsible for the discipline in the classroom and the whole school.
The following consequence sequence of poor behaviour and sanctions will be displayed in every classroom.
If a student reaches consequences 3 (C3) in the classroom or is issued an automatic detention because of a more serious classroom misdemeanour they will be issued with a detention letter.
It is the student’s responsibility to show you that letter so that you are aware of the 60 minute detention for the following day.
Your child must then make their way to the internal exclusion room promptly for 2.35 pm.
Detentions are held Sunday - Thursday 2.35 to 3.35 pm
Detentions are also held on Saturday mornings for exceptional circumstances from 10.00 to 12pm. Exceptional circumstances could include an unacceptable number of detentions received in a given week or over a half termly period. Parents will be contacted directly if this sanction is to be implemented.
If a student misbehaves during their detention they will be sent home. An automatic internal exclusion will follow.
Punctuality to School:
Promptness to school is an important discipline for life. If a student arrives late, they are missing their vertical tutor time / House assembly time. The school bell rings at 7.55 am. The expectation is that students are present in their Home Room groups by 8.00 am. If a student arrives late to school without an acceptable excuse, he or she will receive a lunch time detention. If a student arrives more than 5 minutes late to class without an acceptable excuse, a lunch time detention will be also issued. Students are registered in every lesson electronically; therefore persistent lateness to lessons will be punished with a detention.
Fixed Term External Exclusion:
Any behaviour that is deemed, in the judgement of the Principle, or in their absence, the Headteacher, to undermine the authority of a member of staff or adversely affect the health and safety of a member of the community, may result in fixed term exclusion. This would normally be for 1 to 5 days. Parents/guardians will be expected to bring the student back to school to be formally readmitted. Students cannot be readmitted to school without a parent/guardian.
The Principle may decide that permanent exclusion is necessary for a student. This may include, but is not limited to, the following:
• All other steps to encourage the student to obey the school rules have failed.
• Allowing the student to remain in school would be seriously detrimental to the education or welfare of others in the school.
• Persistent and defiant behaviour. This would encompass persistent bullying including racist bullying.
• Serious actual or threatened violence against a student or member of staff.
• Sexual misconduct.
• Supply of an illegal drug, or the severe misuse of an illegal drug.
• Carrying an offensive weapon.
REMEMBER: - The more serious consequences and sanctions are for the minority, the praise and rewards are for the majority.
The Knowledge Gate International School Behaviour for learning policy takes note of the guidance provided from the Ministry of Education of Oman particularly the following ten key aspects of school practice:
1) A consistent approach to behaviour management;
2) Strong school leadership;
3) Classroom management;
4) Rewards and sanctions;
5) Behaviour strategies and the teaching of good behaviour;
6) Staff development and support;
7) Student support systems;
8) Liaison with parents and other agencies;
9) Managing student transition; and
10) Organisation and facilities.
Also, that disciplinary action will be taken against pupils who are found to have made malicious accusations against school staff.
Subject to the school’s behaviour policy, the teacher may discipline a pupil for:
• any misbehaviour when the child is:
• taking part in any school-organised or school-related activity or
• travelling to or from school or
• wearing school uniform or
• in some other way identifiable as a pupil at the school.
• or misbehaviour at any time, whether or not the conditions above apply, that:
• could have repercussions for the orderly running of the school or
• poses a threat to another pupil or member of the public or
• could adversely affect the reputation of the school.
Parental consent is not required for detentions.
POWER TO SEARCH:
1. School is not required to have formal written consent from the pupil for a search – it is enough for the teacher to ask the pupil to turn out his or her pockets or if the teacher can look in the pupil’s bag and for the pupil to agree.
2) Banned items include:
• knives or weapons
• illegal drugs
• stolen items
• tobacco and cigarette papers and matches and lighters
• pornographic images
• any article that the member of staff reasonably suspects has been, or is
likely to be, used
i) to commit an offence,
ii) to cause personal injury to, or damage to the property of, any person (including the pupil)
3) If a member of staff suspects a pupil has a banned item in his/her possession, they can instruct the pupil to turn out his or her pockets or bag and if the pupil refuses, the teacher can apply an appropriate punishment as set out in the school’s behaviour policy.
4) A pupil refusing to co-operate with such a search raises the same kind of issues as where a pupil refuses to stay in a detention or refuses to stop any other unacceptable behaviour when instructed by a member of staff – in such circumstances, schools can apply an appropriate disciplinary penalty.