Mohammed Bin Khalid School for Generations

Student Discipline Policy and Procedures

 

1.    Policy

The school believes that in order to enable effective teaching and learning to take place, good discipline in all aspects of school life is necessary. It seeks to create a welcoming, safe, caring and respectful learning environment in the school by:

 

-       adults modelling positive behaviours and attitudes for students;

-       encouraging and acknowledging good behaviour;

-       promoting self-esteem by encouraging students to value and respect themselves and others, their heritage and cultures;

-       providing a safe and positive environment free from disruption, violence, bullying and any form of harassment by staff, students or others;

-       promoting early intervention;

-       ensuring a consistency of response to both positive and negative behaviour;

-       encouraging strong parental and community relationships;

-       encouraging students to take responsibility for their behaviour; and

-       explaining unacceptable behaviour.

 

2.    Scope

   All students, staff and parents.

3.    Responsibilities

ü  School  Principal and Board

ü  All teachers, administrators, students and parents.

4.    Purposes

ü  To promote learning and protect the rights of all students not to have their learning disrupted.

ü  To promote well-being and a safe learning environment free from harm.

ü  To implement a school wide behavior management programme that is clear and consistent in expected behavioural standards and procedures and which includes strategies to reinforce positive behaviour as well as sanctions for addressing negative behaviour.

ü  To reach the high standards expected by the school community.

5.    Definitions

·         Conduct and Discipline: is obedience or self-control, often in the form of keeping to rules; negative consequences if these are broken and positive consequences if these are kept.

·         Behaviour: is the particular way that individuals act.

·         School Wide Behaviour Management Programme: is the set of processes and tools that are used across the school in the promotion of positive behavior and the dealing with poor behavior.

6.    Philosophy

·         Behavioural expectations apply to all students of the school, whether in-school or out-of-school.

·         High standards of student behaviour are maintained through:

-       Constant reinforcement of clear, consistent and high expectations;

-       Making sure that everyone knows the rules and possible consequences;

-       Positive modelling, reinforcement and praise;

-       Positive relationships with school families and the community;

-       Guidance, support and counseling functions;

-       Student Life contributions to the school through extra-curricular activities and the School Community Department;

-       Provision of a broad curriculum and extra-curricular programme which provides multiple opportunities for students to enjoy success and recognition;

-       Limited use of sanctions as are thought necessary; and

-       Implementation of a positive behaviour and rewards programme.

 

·         Staff involved in discipline must show honest concern and care, avoiding any form of humiliation or disrespect.

·         Corporal punishment is strictly forbidden and this will be regularly communicated to staff, students and parents by school leadership both formally in school publications and informally in meetings and conversations.

·         Every conduct situation should be judged according to its particular circumstances and the person deciding the consequences has the discretion and flexibility within the guidelines provided in this policy and the SBMP in order to take account of the social, emotional, and psychological aspects of a student’s behaviour..

·         If a person passes a disciplinary matter on to another eg a teacher to the Principal, then the referring person, the teacher, may advise on the decision regarding the consequences, but it will be the person receiving the referral, the Principal, who makes the final decision.

·         The principles of natural justice apply in student disciplinary matters. These are the right to a fair hearing and the absence of bias on the part of the decision-maker.

·         Respect for confidentiality must be observed.

·         Students identified as ‘at risk’ should be brought to the attention of the school principal who will coordinate with other appropriate personnel as to suitable early intervention strategies.

7.    The School Approach to Student Behaviour

It is important that school is enjoyable for every student. Students should be able to learn, appreciate their lessons, make friends and be enthusiastic about school. So, the school wants to encourage good behaviour and discourage behaviour that would undermine learning or confidence between students or students and staff. The school will reward desirable behaviour with praise and tangible rewards and will impose consistent, clear and unavoidable sanctions for unacceptable behaviour. Students will be given guidance and opportunities to correct negative behaviour before sanctions are applied.

 

It is extremely important that parents understand and support the school’s behaviour policy, student Code of Conduct and Schoolwide Behaviour Management Programme and help their children understand why respecting this policy is important for the well-being of every student and the smooth running of the school. The school provides a Parent-School Partnership and a Code of Conduct in Relation to Internet Use which must be signed by parents on their child’s enrolment. There may be rare times when parents do not agree with the chosen consequence for a particular infringement. In such cases, the school will be willing to discuss the matter and a transparent and fair appeals process for sanctions will be made available to students and parents.

 

 

 

 

8.    Students with Special Education Needs

1.     Students with SEN are expected to follow the same behavioural expectations; the same rules and the same sanctions.

2.     However, they may need greater assistance to understand and follow the rules.

3.     Each disciplinary action must take account of the student’s special need/s and be consistent with their IEP.

4.     The principal should work closely with the SENCO and SEN committee when considering disciplinary action for SEN students.

5.     Appropriate authorities must be contacted when considering suspension or exclusion of SEN students.

9.    Accountabilities

1.     The School Board will:

- establish in consultation with the School Principal, staff and parents the policy for the promotion of good behavior;

- ensure that it is communicated to students and parents, is non-discriminatory and the expectations are clear;

- support the school in maintaining high standards of behavior; and

- review it annually.

2.     The School Principal will:

- be responsible for the implementation and day-to-day management of this policy and procedures;

- ensure that appropriate high quality training on all aspects of the policy and the Schoolwide Behaviour Management Programme is provided;

- implement strategies to distribute and communicate the policy and the Schoolwide Behaviour Management Programme to students, parents and the community;

- ensure the collection and analysis of data which enables the school to monitor its progress in improving student behaviour; and

- ensure that the school works with authorities to address severe offences that require intervention.

3.     Staff, including teachers, administrative and support staff, will:

- be responsible for ensuring that this policy and procedures are followed, and consistently and fairly applied. Mutual support amongst all staff in the implementation of the policy is essential so that a high quality learning environment is created in which students develop self-discipline and personal responsibility; and

- communicate with parents, in a timely manner, all matters concerning their children’s conduct, including both positive and negative conduct.

 

4.     The School Board, School Principal and staff will:

- ensure there is no differential application of the policy on any grounds, particularly ethnic or national origin, culture, religion, gender, or disability; and

- ensure that the concerns of students are listened to and appropriately addressed.

5.     Parents/guardians will:

- take responsibility for the behaviour of their children both inside and outside the school;

- be encouraged to work in partnership with the school in maintaining high standards of behaviour; and

- will have the opportunity to raise with the school any issues arising from the operation of the policy.

6.     Students will:

- be expected to take responsibility for their own behaviour having been made fully aware of the school policy, procedures and expectations; and

- have a responsibility to report any incidents of disruption, bullying and any form of harassment.

 

10. Involvement of Outside Agencies

The school will work positively with external agencies (e.g. educational welfare, health services etc.). It will seek appropriate support from them to ensure that the needs of all students are met by utilising the range of external support available.

11. Rewards and Sanctions

A school ethos of encouragement is central to the promotion of good behaviour. Rewards are one means of achieving this. They have a motivational role in helping students realise that good behaviour is valued, and are clearly defined in the procedures. Integral to the system of rewards is an emphasis on praise both informal and formal to individuals and groups.

Sanctions are needed to respond to inappropriate behaviour. A range of sanctions is clearly defined in the procedures. Their use will be characterised by fairness, appropriateness to student age, severity of the misconduct, clarity of why the sanction is being applied and what change in behaviour is required. The procedures make a clear distinction between the sanctions applied for minor and major offences. They also progress in severity according to the level of misconduct, previous misbehaviour, and history of guidance and sanctions. The school will also take its own steps to prevent further negative behaviour.

 

The following sanctions are prohibited:

 

-       all forms of physical punishment or threatening such;

-       lowering grades or threatening such;

-       removing a student from the classroom or school without following school procedures for such;

-       sanctioning a group for the actions of an individual;

-       imposing lines or more schoolwork;

-       humiliating, insulting or mocking students; and

-       depriving students of the bathroom or meals.

12. Notification

1.     The school will publish this policy and procedures in the Parents’ Handbook, in English and Arabic, which will be issued to every family at the beginning of the year or during late enrolments through the year.

2.     Staff will be informed of this policy and procedures through the induction period and where they can be accessed in Arabic and English.

3.     Students will be informed on enrolment with their parents, by staff at briefings and assemblies, and through posters on walls in corridors and in classrooms in Arabic and English.

4.     Simultaneously, parents, staff and students will be informed of the guidance, support and counseling functions and personnel within the school eg

-       Health curriculum

-       Senior teachers

-       Social Worker and School Nurse

13. Supervision

·         The school principal will ensure students are sufficiently supervised at school, when arriving at and leaving school, on trips out of school (see EOTC Policy) and while on school-organised transportation (see School Transportation Policy).

·         Students will be allocated teachers for all timetabled classes.

·         There may be other staff allocated to supervise student use of bathrooms.

·         Supervision rosters will be implemented for out-of-class times depending on the age of students, location and activity.

Please refer to Supervision Policy

14. Record Keeping 

·         Records of both good and poor conduct of individual students will be maintained on the school’s electronic management system in a manner that it can only be accessed by concerned persons.

·         All student disciplinary records will be made available to ADEC upon request.

·         All issues of suspension and exclusion will be appropriately dealt with according to ADEC’s regulations.

15. Revision

This policy and the associated Schoolwide Behaviour Management Programme will be reviewed every year or immediately if changes to relevant legislation dictate or there is a request for policy review from an internal source.

16. References

·         Relevant laws and regulations of the UAE and educational authorities of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.

17.  Attachments and Related Materials

·         Schoolwide Behaviour Management Programme

·         Supervision Policy

·         Child Protection Policy

·         Anti-Bullying Policy

·         Internet Safety Policy

·         Education Outside the Classroom Policy

·         Smoke free Policy

·         School Transportation Policy

·         Education Outside the Classroom Policy

·         School Community documents

·         Parents’ Handbook (Schoolwide Behaviour Management Programme)

·         Job Descriptions of staff

·         Relevant school forms and records related to the SBMP

·         Complaints Policy and Procedures

 

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