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Issues arising from poor behaviour and other disciplinary matters are recorded by staff in either the Chaucer or Darwin communities of which any student in Years 7 to 11 is a member. A daily record is kept for this purpose, and students whose names have been submitted, along with a short account of pertinent details or other information, are brought up at a daily Behaviour Panel meeting that takes place at the end of the school day. The Behaviour Panel is chaired by a senior member of staff, usually the Deputy Headteacher with a responsibility for behaviour in the school, and attended by a senior member of both the Chaucer and Darwin communities accompanied by a Pastoral Support Manager from each community and one or more representatives from the school’s Pupil Support Provision.
At the daily Behaviour Panel meeting each student named on either of the communities’ behaviour reports for the day is discussed with a view to:
placement in the school’s Pupil Support Provision for one or more days or for part of a school day. This might be extended to a one day Pupil Support Provision Exclusion that continues for one hour and fifteen minutes after the end of the school day, running from 3:00 to 4:15pm;
The Behaviour Panel will determine the sanction to be imposed using a fixed tariff as a guideline to inform decisions made. Parents or carers of students will be informed if a student has received:
Contact is made with parents or carers by a member of the Chaucer or Darwin community team or by a senior member of staff depending on the seriousness of the behaviour or other disciplinary issues that will have been considered by the Behaviour Panel.
The Pupil Support Provision (PSP) is a separate pair of rooms in the school, used to place students for all or part of a school day. This will occur either:
A student may also be placed in the PSP:
Whilst in the PSP students are required to follow a clearly stated code of conduct and work in silence on work provided for them by their teachers. The PSP is run and supervised by specially appointed staff working in close association with senior members of staff and other staff designated to provide support during the day.
The Pupil Support Provision provides a morning and lunchtime break at a different time to the main school, during which access to the school canteen and toilets is provided. Students may also use the toilet at other times during the school day with the permission of supervising staff.
Students who fail to comply with the code of conduct and clearly stated guidelines in place to ensure time in the PSP is completed appropriately will receive a warning if there is a cause for concern. Failure to complete time in the PSP appropriately will result in one of the following sanctions:
Students who fail to attend after school detentions set in accordance with the whole-school and Swale Academies Trust behaviour policy and disciplinary guidelines will be placed in the PSP until the detention has been completed. Similarly, students who fail to stay at the end of a school day to complete a period of PSP exclusion from 3:00 to 4:15pm will remain in the PSP until the PSP exclusion has been completed.