Middlewich Rd, Rudheath, Northwich CW9 7DT

Introduction of Disruption Free Learning Behaviour Policy

Dear Parent/Carer,

Introduction of Disruption Free Learning Behaviour Policy

I have been in post as new Headteacher for 10 days now. During that time, I have been absolutely delighted with the passion and enthusiasm for learning at Rudheath Senior Academy, from the vast majority of the student population. An element of concern has arisen around the behaviour of a minority of students who have a tendency to disrupt classes with their behaviour, preventing teachers from teaching and other students from learning. After meetings with several parents over the last fortnight, it is clear to me there is a perception around this that needs quickly addressing.

I am determined to improve the standards across the school, with immediate effect. Therefore I am introducing a new policy that will tackle any disruption to learning immediately, and most importantly, fairly. The new policy is designed to establish a strong culture of excellent behaviour and attitude to learning, allowing teaching and learning to flourish and ultimately producing a higher quality of education.

The disruption-free learning approach to behaviour is based on the premise that students are either behaving appropriately, or not. Students should be ‘Ready to Learn’. When students are not ‘Ready to Learn’, the policy will operate through the following process:

  1. Poor behaviour in the classroom will be met with a clear warning. At this point, students will be given the opportunity to stop and prove they are ready to learn.
  2. At that point, if they continue to display poor behaviour, students will receive a 30-minute detention on the same day. Parents will be notified immediately though our school system (reasonable adjustments will be made where fair and necessary).
  3. Further poor behaviour and refusal to follow instructions at this final stage may result in fixed-term, and potentially, permanent exclusion (after a governor’s disciplinary meeting).

Further detail of the mechanics of the policy are outlined below:

  • Poor behaviour in class will result in a student being asked to improve their behaviour, followed by a warning.
  • If the same student offends again, this will result in a 30 minute detention on the same day. If they offend consecutively, s/he is removed from the class and will be escorted to the Ready to Learn room.
  • Students remain in the Ready to Learn room until they have proved they are ready to be reintegrated to their usual class. This will only take place after they have met with the member of staff who asked for them to be removed and a restorative conversation has taken place, so that both teacher and student can move forward. This should happen at the first available juncture that the member of staff becomes available e.g. break, lunch, final bell.
  • On arrival in Ready to Learn, students complete a reflection sheet explaining why they are there and what they could do better next time. Students then work in silence through pre-prepared work packs.
  • In-house mentoring and student support will continue; as will any necessary liaison with external agencies.
  • Additional sanctions, such as fixed term exclusions, are issued to students who refuse to make their way to Ready to Learn, or if they continue to misbehave in there.
  • Students in Ready to Learn will be escorted to lunch earlier than the rest of the school, returning to Ready to Learn once they have eaten.

The introduction of a new policy requires careful planning to ensure it works effectively. In schools where this disruption-free learning approach is already in operation, there has been a reduction in the number of students being removed and an increase in the level of productivity in the classroom. This policy allows students to make good decisions and to display the best version of themselves. By offering an opportunity to reflect on behaviour, we believe a restorative approach will offer the best possible support for our students. Ultimately, I believe it is fair for everyone.

We are confident that this new policy will establish a new pattern of behaviour, creating a culture of disruption-free learning. It is important to remember that 90% our students routinely behave very well; a new approach to behaviour will allow students to restoratively make positive choices around the school.

In order to support the implementation of this policy, I would like to invite you to a ‘Meet the Headteacher’ evening on Thursday 26th March at 5pm to discuss how the system will operate and to answer any queries you may have, related to behaviour or the school generally. For Year 9 parents and carers, the KS4 options evening will follow on from this meeting.

The new policy will take effect from Monday 9th March 2020. Your support as parents and carers is fundamental in making it a success for the benefit of all students. I do hope we can work together as a school and community to drive this school to heights it deserves to be at.

Yours Faithfully,

 

 

 

Mr Lee Barber
Headteacher