Student Behaviour & Welfare

Key principles

Good behaviour in schools is a fundamental part of the education process.  A clear and robust behaviour policy lays foundations and helps establish a behaviour culture in schools, but the success or failure of the implementation comes from how we engage with and interpret the policy.

At Lampton School, we are working within a restorative framework meaning we are consciously applying the principles of Restorative Practice (RP) to influence our interactions and interventions.

RP is built on the basic principles of humanity, namely:

  • Genuineness – honesty, openness, sincerity;
  • Positive regard for individuals;
  • Empathetic understanding;
  • Individual responsibility and shared accountability;
  • Self-actualisation – the capacity for growth;
  • Optimism – people can change for the better;

Sanctions and exclusions

Through our emphasis on restorative practice we aim to promote positive behaviours and reduce the incidence of poor behaviour. However, when there are breaches of the school’s behaviour policy then there are a series of stepped sanctions to challenge students to do better. For example, Community Service – at either break or lunchtime is issued where students fail to follow school rules. For more serious breaches, it may be necessary to issue Fixed Term Exclusions.  In line with government guidance, permanent exclusion is only used as a last resort, in response to a serious breach or persistent breaches of the school's behaviour policy; and where allowing the pupil to remain in school would seriously harm the education or welfare of the pupil or others in the school. 

We also bear in mind that disruptive behaviour can be an indication of unmet needs. Where there are concerns about a pupil’s behaviour, we try to identify whether there are any causal factors and intervene early in order to reduce the need for a subsequent exclusion. In this situation, we consider whether a multi-agency assessment that goes beyond the pupil’s educational needs is required.

For a complete overview of our behaviour policy, please see the document below:

Behaviourpolicy17

We endeavour to enact Department for Education guidance through our policies. Please see this link for further details:

 

https://www.gov.uk/education/school-discipline-and-exclusions

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