My Online Schooling is committed to creating an environment where exemplary behaviour is at the heart of productive learning. Everyone is expected to maintain the highest standards of personal conduct, to accept responsibility for their behaviour and encourage others to do the same. Our behaviour policy guides staff to support and teach self-discipline, not blind compliance.
It echoes our core values with a heavy emphasis on respectful behaviour, a partnership approach to managing poor conduct and dynamic interventions that support staff and pupils. This policy aims to help young people grow in a safe and secure online environment, and to become successful, confident, responsible and effective members of the school community and beyond. The school recognises and promotes good behaviour, as it believes that this will develop an ethos of kindness, trust and cooperation.
To provide simple, practical procedures for staff and pupils that:
The Director and senior leaders will stand alongside colleagues to support, guide, model and show a unified consistency to all pupils. The Director and senior leaders will:
At My Online Schooling, we believe that consistency lies in the behaviour of adults and not simply in the application of procedure. Our teachers use a consistent, sustainable approach with every interaction on behaviour. In turn, our pupils feel treated as valued individuals who respect their education as well as the education of their peers. To ensure positive pupil behaviour, teachers will:
The role of parents and carers in the learning of young people should not be underestimated. The support of family members is pivotal to young people achieving success in their learning. At My Online Schooling, having our parents, carers and families as partners in learning aims to ensure consistent messages and expectations are conveyed to the young people in our care. With this, it is the responsibility of parents and carers to:
Pupils are held responsible for their behaviour. Disruptive or abusive behaviour will not be tolerated at any level. On the extremely rare occasion that disruptive behaviour becomes a regular occurrence the Director may ask the pupil to leave the school.
At My Online Schooling, engagement with learning is always the primary aim. For the vast majority of pupils a gentle reminder or nudge in the right direction is all that is needed. We always advocate for consistent positive behaviours as every minute a pupil is out of a lesson is one where they are not learning. Teachers should reinforce behaviour management strategies with care and consideration, taking individual needs into account where necessary. Teachers would rather praise and celebrate the behaviour they want to see from pupils.
Teachers will use different practical steps for dealing with poor conduct. These steps are outlined below. All pupils are given ‘take up time’ in between steps to allow acknowledgment of reflection on actions. It is not possible to leap steps or accelerate steps for repeated low-level disruption.
Gentle encouragement, a nudge in the right direction or a small act of kindness.
A reminder of the classroom expectations, delivered privately wherever possible, reminding the pupil of their behaviour. Repeat reminders if necessary. De-escalate and decelerate, where reasonable and possible, and take the initiative to keep things at this stage.
A clear verbal caution delivered privately wherever possible, making the pupil aware of their good previous behaviour and clearly outlining the consequences if they continue to display poor conduct. Pupils should be encouraged to make good choices.
The pupil should temporarily leave the lesson. Give the pupil a chance to reflect away from others. If possible, speak to the pupil privately, remind pupils of previous conduct/attitude/learning, reset the boundaries and give them a final opportunity to engage. Offer a positive choice to do so.
At this point the pupil will be asked to leave the classroom for the remainder of the lesson. An internal referral should be directed to Education Manager/Health & Wellbeing Co-ordinator, where they will be recorded electronically. Parents/carers will be notified of this referral and will be asked to have a conversation with their child regarding their conduct.
A restorative meeting should take place before the next lesson with the teacher, Education Manager and/or Health & Wellbeing Co-ordinator. Parents/carers should be notified if this meeting takes place with the option to attend. The consequences of not meeting any agreed targets should be made clear to all parties. At this point, it may be necessary to give learners a second chance at any targets, but professional judgement should be used. If the learner does not attend or the reconciliation is unsuccessful, staff should call on the support of the Director and a meeting with the parent(s)/carer(s) will be arranged.
A meeting with the pupil, teacher, parent(s)/carer(s) and Education Manager and/or Health & Wellbeing Co-ordinator and/or Director will take place. There will be an official record of this meeting with action plan targets that will be monitored over the course of two weeks. Please see additional details, below.
A restorative conference takes a holistic view of the pupil, their learning and conduct. This meeting will include pupil, necessary teacher(s), a parent/carer and a member of senior leadership (Education Manager and/or Director). The Health & Wellbeing Co-ordinator may attend where necessary. The meeting will address the pupil’s: progress and achievement, learning needs, course choice, attitude, behavioural routines and personal organisation. The meeting aims to identify areas of the pupil’s experience that is presenting challenges, with a view to bringing positive changes to any aspect of the above. Any action plan agreed with the pupil at the meeting will come under the terms of a final warning. If the actions agreed in the plan are not completed or positive changes are not observed in the following two weeks, the Director may ask for the pupil to leave the school. The consequences of not meeting the agreed targets should be made clear to all parties and recorded in any minutes. Every effort will be made to encourage and support a change in the pupil’s behaviour.