All students come to school to learn and therefore all students and parents/carers sign a home/school agreement before becoming part of the academy community. In becoming a member of our community, students, parents/carers and staff are expected to contribute effectively towards making this a place where all staff and students have a right to believe in themselves and succeed every day.Dover Christ Church Academy is committed to promoting a positive culture and climate that fully supports safety, wellbeing and progress for all.
We expect high levels of behaviour from students both inside and outside of the classroom. We expect all DCCA students to:
To ensure that all students at DCCA strive to be STAR Learners, who aspire to and achieve their best in all aspects of academy life and are prepared to make a positive contribution to their community we provide a consistent and systematic framework for managing behaviour.Right Time, Right Pace, Right Thing:
As parents/carers it is essential you play your part in maintaining the high expectations for behaviour. This not only helps to promote British Values but also prepares students for the world of work.To help students to understand and adhere to The DCCA Behaviour for Learning Principles we have issued Behaviour for Learning Guidance for Students. (Appendix A) Behaviour for Learning Guidance for Students, is set out in a table that is split into different sections of the school day (lessons/tutor, lesson change over and break and lunch time) and then divided into two parts; getting it right and getting it wrong.
We want to create a working and learning environment that is free from sexual harassment and where all members of the DCCA community are treated with courtesy, dignity, respect and to promote appropriate standards of conduct at all times.DCCA has implemented strategies to ensure that all members of the school community know their rights and responsibilities in this area.
DCCA will treat all disclosures in a serious, sensitive, fair and timely manner.The academy actively encourages the reporting of prohibited behaviour, we have made two new additions to the Incident Type on the Behaviour reporting section SIMs, “Sexualised Comment” and “Sexual Harassment”. This will allow for staff to report student comments/actions that are sexually inappropriate, sexually suggestive or demeaning. There is also the option to report Gender-based violence/violence against women and girls (VAWG) incidents on our new SAFEGUARDING reporting system. Peer-on Peer Abuse:
Students and their parents/carers should report and concerns about peer-on-peer abuse to an adult at Dover Christ Church Academy and be confident that the matter will be dealt with in the correct manner. Staff are trained to report all forms of abuse as soon as possible to the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) Mr D Hunt, via the online Safeguarding reporting system. The DSL will direct the next steps for Safeguarding Team and Pastoral Leaders. Dover Christ Church Academy has zero-tolerance of any kind of peer-on-peer abuse, inside or outside of the academy and will put appropriate sanctions and remedial actions in place according to the needs of each case.Rewards & Sanctions: All actions, whether good or bad, will have consequences.
Positive Consequences: STAR RewardsThe aim of the Rewards System is to recognise effort and achievement in all areas, to raise self-esteem and to encourage progress and good behaviour.
The Academy operates a ‘STAR Reward’ system to formally acknowledge the effort and achievement of all students.If students are getting it right, they will be praised. They may get: a comment written in your planner, a reward sticker, your teacher congratulating you in front of the class, an achievement logged on SIMs, a phonecall home, a postcard home, a Principal’s certificate at the end of term, a trophy and certificate at prize giving, a place on a reward trip. We routinely inform parents and carers of student successes via positive phone calls home and postcards home. We have a positive relationship with the local press and routinely seek to “celebrate” student successes through positive press coverage. Negative Consequences: Sanctions
All staff are expected to ensure that a copy of the Academy STAR Learner Behaviour for Learning Principles and a poster of the Green, Amber, Red, Red+ System is displayed in their classroom and that these are referred to when necessary.The table below outlines examples of behaviours that fall into the GREEN, AMBER, RED and RED+ categories. This is not a definitive list of all the behaviours and incidences that can occur.
‘Getting it Right’
‘Get it Right’
Behaviours displayed are
‘Getting it Wrong’
Student has chosen to
‘Get it Wrong’
|Always on-time and follow instructions.
Be polite and respectful at all times.
Complete all work to the best of your ability.
Do bring the correct equipment, books and materials to all lessons.
Ensure your uniform is correct and worn with pride.
Listen to what others say.
Sharing ideas, asking and answering questions.
Holding doors open.
Looking after school equipment.
|Continued low-level disruption, inappropriate behaviour.
Being distracted and distracting others.
Talking when other people are talking.
Not following instructions.
Saying unkind things.
Being rude and answering back.
Not looking after school equipment.
Refuse to follow instruction.
|Persistent ‘Amber’ behaviours.
Being physically aggressive.
Being verbally aggressive.
Damaging school property.
Using equipment inappropriately, causing a risk to themselves and others.
|Persistent ‘Red’ behaviours.
Swearing directly at a teacher.
Assaulting a peer or adult.
Directly threatening peers or adults.
Bullying (repeated and persistent threatening, intimidating or harming behaviour).
Deliberately damaging school property.
Continuing to use a phone.
It is important to understand that any action taken by a student of this academy which could bring the academy into disrepute will be dealt with under the school sanction system. Although the school can now issue same night detentions, we will not use this power and will continue to give parents/carers 24 hours’ notice for any detention lasting longer than 10 minutes.Below is the detention system flow chart. Currently we are operating a centralised detention system, this means subject teachers will record and call home to explain the behaviours that have led to the sanction, but the detention will be supervised by the Heads of Year and Pastoral Team. Reasonable adjustments for students with complex needs: Some students may find it difficult to comply with the expectations of a formal detention setting. These students will complete their faculty, pastoral or senior leadership detention in The Learning Support Centre. The detention will focus on ensuring that the student is given the appropriate to support to revisit the incident which led to the detention being issued and to discuss ‘coping strategies’ for any future similar incidents. Staff who have issued the detention are strongly encouraged to be a part of this process and should liaise with Mr Hunt (Assistant Vice Principal: Inclusion) and Mr Michael (SENCo) accordingly. Toilet visits:
Students with evidenced medical problems will be provided with a toilet pass. This pass should be carried by the student at all times.Time missed should be made up at the end of the lesson – if appropriate.
Time out of lesson leaves gaps in learning.Students should not leave a lesson without good reason and will not normally be allowed to leave a lesson.
If a student is allowed to leave the classroom they will be provided with a note of explanation from their subject teacher.All students out of lessons will be challenged by staff within the academy. If students do not have a note of explanation with them, they will be referred to the teacher from whose lesson they have come.
If a student walks out of a lesson without permission, this is classed as Truancy. A 1.5 hour After -School Detention will be issued. The subject teacher or a member of the Pastoral Team will contact parents/carers to inform them of the truancy and confirm the details of the 1.5 hour After School Detention – usually the same day.Students will be logged as truanting and issued a 1.5 hour after-school same day detention, if there is no valid reason for them to be out of class. This includes:
The class teacher or a member of the Pastoral Team will contact parents/carers to inform them of the truancy and confirm the details of the 1.5 hour After School Detention.Swearing and abusive language:
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