Behaviour for Learning

8th February 2017

Dear Parents and Carers,

Re: Behaviour for Learning

 We expect good attitudes and behaviour from every student at The John of Gaunt School and we know that good behaviour is linked to high attainment and achievement. We have been reviewing our approach and have appreciated feedback from many parents, students and all staff.

We advocate that:

  • praise is more powerful than criticism.
  • rewards are more important than sanctions.
  • restorative approaches are at the heart of developing the skills for sustained improvement in behaviour.

Great teaching and pastoral care are at the heart of getting this right but we also know that we need a ‘firm but fair’ response when students make poor choices. The key to effective sanctions is that they are ‘certain’ rather than ‘severe’ and it is with this in mind that we have made a couple of changes to the Behaviour for Learning systems (system overview attached):

  • Rewards and Recognition – more often and more visible.
  • Break time detention for those not in correct uniform (see attached letter).
  • If a student is sent out of a lesson to an Exit Room (following a reminder and a warning) they will automatically be placed into an after school detention for an hour the next day.
  • If a student refuses to go to an Exit Room they will automatically be placed into the Senior Leadership Team (SLT) detention on the following Friday.
  • For more serious one-off incidents or for not attending an SLT detention, students will have a day in isolation and will not attend lessons. This will continue until 4pm.
  • Parents will be informed of after school detentions of more than 20 minutes. This may be via the telephone, email and/or the use of the students’ school planner. Please let us have up to date contact details and please check your voicemail and email regularly, as staff are not always able to continue calling until they actually speak to somebody.

We thank you in advance for your support.

Yours sincerely

Mr E Spiers
Assistant Head teacher