Behaviour and Discipline Policy (May 2017)

Please follow link for full policy including Behaviour Policy – May 2017

Litcham School values the abilities and achievements of all its pupils. The school is committed to providing the best possible environment for learning for each pupil.

Underlying philosophy

This policy seeks to put into practice the shared values of our school, as follows:

  • Excellence in teaching and learning
  • High expectations and achievement
  • Our care and respect for each other
  • The part we play in our community
  • Promoting excellence in leadership, both for pupils and staff.

Roles and responsibilities

The Governing Body

  • To review the policy
  • To support the school in maintaining standards, ensuring an orderly and safe environment for pupils and staff
  • To set the framework for the development of the school’s behaviour and discipline policy in conjunction with the Headteacher and national guidance
  • To monitor and review exclusions
  • To consider representations about an exclusion made by parents/carers of an excluded pupil.

The Headteacher

  • To be responsible for the day to day management and implementation of the behaviour and discipline policy and procedures
  • To set the framework for development of the school behaviour and discipline policy and communicate this to staff, parents, carers and pupils
  • To make the decision to exclude a pupil.


  • To be responsible for ensuring that the behaviour and discipline policy and procedures are followed consistently and fairly
  • To provide a consistently high level of teaching and opportunities for learning
  • To set high expectations of work and behaviour and enthuse pupils to aspire
  • To reward good work, responsible attitudes to the community and positive behaviour
  • To follow the Staged Approach model of behaviour management as outlined in Appendix 1.


  • To do their best
  • To take responsibility for their own behaviour
  • To follow the Code of Conduct for Learning
  • To promote themselves and the school positively in the community.

Parents and Carers

  • To take responsibility for the behaviour of their child
  • To work in partnership with the school and support the school’s behaviour and discipline policy and procedures
  • To attend school meetings and events, including parent evenings.


We provide a positive, caring and purposeful environment that encourages every pupil to develop to his or her full potential. Rewarding pupils and recognising achievements brings about a sense of self-worth and raises self-esteem. It helps pupils to appreciate their strengths and recognise success in others. At Litcham School, we recognise achievement through, for example:

  • Praise in lessons
  • Written and verbal feedback on work, homework or coursework
  • Achievement points for outstanding classwork, outstanding homework, improvement, contribution and effort in class and acts of citizenship
  • Certificates for positive contributions and achievement in learning
  • Postcards home
  • Letters and telephone calls home
  • Certificates for attendance
  • Assemblies which positively reinforce achievements
  • Weekly newsletters promoting pupil and school achievements
  • Website articles promoting pupil and school achievements
  • Tutor meetings as a means to praise pupils with parents and carers
  • Display of work around the school
  • Posts of responsibility and leadership, including prefects, literacy leaders and digital leaders.


Where pupils do not meet the high expectations of the school, we have developed a consistent policy concerning sanctions. Instances are always treated individually but the following courses of action may be used as necessary:

  • A staged approach to behaviour management within lessons, as outlined in Appendix 1
  • Reinforcing expectations, warnings, and asking pupils to move within the room
  • Break, lunch or after school detentions incorporating a discussion with the pupil. At least 24 hours’ notice will be given for after school detentions. When parents and carers take a place for their child at Litcham School, they agree to support the policies and procedures of the school. They therefore cannot refuse to allow their child to attend a detention
  • Departmental detentions with the Subject Leader
  • After school detention with a member of staff, Head of Year or member of the Senior Leadership Team (SLT)
  • Contact home via a letter or a phone call
  • Member of staff on call to discuss negative behaviour with the pupil
  • Removal of a pupil from a class for a specified length of time
  • Reports to the form tutor, Subject Leader, Head of Year, member of SLT or the school Attendance Officer
  • Supervised lunch
  • Restorative community task
  • Pre-exclusion warning letter
  • Meeting with parents
  • Fixed-term exclusion


  • The school will set and mark work for the first 5 days of an exclusion and will arrange suitable full time provision for any fixed period exclusion over 5 days
  • The behaviour of a pupil outside of school can be considered as grounds for an exclusion. This includes when they are travelling to and from school, and when on school visits
  • Parents and Carers will receive written notification of any exclusion
  • Support from outside agencies
  • Acceptable Behaviour Contracts
  • Governor Disciplinary Panel
  • Permanent exclusion


  • Permanent exclusions may be issued as a result of a single serious breach of the school rules. Examples of this would include bringing prohibited items such as drugs or weapons into school. Alternatively, permanent exclusions may result from persistent disruptive behaviours.
  • Exceptionally, following a fixed period exclusion, a permanent exclusion may be issued to begin at the end of the fixed period.

Apart from minor instances, parents and carers are informed of courses of action being taken and are always welcomed into the school for positive discussion.

All pupils are expected to behave in a courteous, responsible manner at all times following our Code of Conduct. This includes before school; after school; on school transport; during lessons; on corridors, in assembly and at break and lunchtime.

It is always our wish that rewards and sanctions will bring about an improvement in the conduct and standard of achievement of a pupil. They are therefore always seen as a positive action.

Support for pupils

Pupils do sometimes need support to manage their behaviour and attendance. At Litcham School we use a range of preventative and supportive strategies, including:

  • A strong extended induction programme
  • Pastoral interviews and counselling
  • Monitoring through reports
  • Identification of pupils at risk of exclusion. This informs intervention strategies that are put in place
  • The use of Classroom Support Assistants
  • Head of Year or form tutor mentoring
  • Pastoral Support Plans with behaviour targets
  • A variety of intervention programmes through the Head of Year
  • Using external providers to support learning
  • Attendance monitoring interviews by the school Attendance Officer.

Support for staff

All staff work together and consistently to ensure the highest standards of behaviour across the school. Staff are supported in this by, for example:

  • Being provided with a framework for a consistent approach to behaviour management
  • Advice and guidance being given to all staff on managing and maintaining discipline
  • Professional development
  • Heads of Year
  • Senior Leadership Team members.

Support for Parents and Carers

We encourage the development of positive links with parents and carers. There are times when they too need support in managing their child’s behaviour and supporting the school. We provide this through, for example:

  • Informing parents and carers of behavioural issues at the earliest possible time
  • Providing information and guidance
  • Providing regular updates of progress through reports, letters and phone calls home
  • Inviting parents to the school to discuss issues and progress
  • Inviting parents to parent meetings
  • Referral to appropriate external agencies
  • Access to a Parent Support Advisor
  • Invitation to support programmes designed to help meet the needs of children, including in the home environment.

Monitoring and evaluation

The policy will be reviewed every three years, or earlier if significant changes are proposed.

Criteria for evaluation will include:

  • Analysis of the impact of the policy on the incidence of inappropriate behaviour
  • Perception of behaviour by parents and pupils
  • Perception of members of the community and visitors.

Please follow link for full policy including Appendix 1 Behaviour Policy – May 2017