St John Plessington Catholic College

Behaviour Update

Dear Parents / Carers

I hope that you and your families have had a restful half term break

I write to inform you of some interim changes to our behaviour policy which will be implemented from Tuesday 1 November 2022 until further notice. As educators it is our job to ensure that all children can learn in a safe and conducive learning environment.

Unfortunately, there are a small number of students who have disrupted both their own learning and that of others in some lessons since our return in September. While we have put lots of support and intervention in place to enforce our behaviour policy, we recently have decided to make some adjustments to ensure that all students can learn while in the classroom.

In the interim should a student have more than 2 incidents of low level disruption in a lesson then they will receive a same / next day break detention with that member of staff. Should this disruptive behaviour continue they will be asked to leave the classroom and spend the remainder of the lesson with a middle leader within the department. This may also mean they are placed in a classroom with a different year group. In addition to this students will be issued with a 1 hour detention the next day after school. If poor behaviour / disruption continues then a student will be removed to our Student Support Hub where they will be given time to regulate their behaviour and complete the work they should have completed during the lesson. Removal to student support for poor conduct will also incur a next day senior leader detention. These consequences will also be enforced should a student accumulate 3 or more detentions in a week or 10 or more in a half term.

Should students fail to attend any of these detentions they will continue to move up a stage process which could result in them being removed from lessons for a longer period of time, suspended from school or permanently excluded. In some instances where a student has had a serious breach of the school behaviour policy some of the above steps may not be appropriate and could lead to consequences being escalated much quicker.

The behaviours above extend to travelling to and from school, on corridors, during unstructured time and failure to comply with our expectations surrounding school information which was communicated by Ms Sharratt before in her letter before the half term break.

Should your child receive a detention this will be logged on Arbor which parents are able to see where incidents regarding their child have been logged. You will also receive an automated email.

Detentions are not optional and are part of our behaviour policy and escalation process for poor behaviour. The government website on School discipline and exclusions states that ‘Schools don’t have to give parents notice of after-school detentions or tell them why a detention has been given.’

There are no exceptions to these rules and when a detention is issued it must be attended. To avoid any of these scenarios all we ask is that your child conforms to our three simple rules: Ready Respectful Safe.

As always I would like to ask for your continued support in this matter to ensure that all children in our school community are safe and can learn. We must work together in partnership to ensure that all our children receive a high quality education, ensure that they are fully aware of our high standards and expectations and that as with life when these rules are broken there are consequences.

Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact your child's Head of Learning or Learning Coach.

Kinds regards

Mr P McLoughlin

Deputy Headteacher