The Michael Tippett School

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Tippett School

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Behaviour Statement of Principles

The Governing Body of TMTS is required (Section 88 (1) Education and Inspections Act 2006, Behaviour and Discipline in Schools 2013) to give guidance and advice to the Headteacher relating to behaviour and discipline in the form of a written statement.

This document addresses this requirement and acts as a foundation for the school’s Behaviour Policy alongside related policies such as the Positive Handling and Anti-Bullying Policies.

The purpose of this written statement is to advise and guide the Headteacher in drawing up the School Behaviour Policy. For details of how TMTS supports and manages behaviours in school please see the “TMTS Behaviour Policy”.

Governing Body Principles, Beliefs and Values

We recognise that the needs of our students mean they have complex learning difficulties and are working far below the level of their age related peers.

We have high expectations for our students and the whole school community will work to help them achieve their full potential which includes positive behaviour.

We recognise that all strategies relating to managing and supporting negative behaviours exhibited by students should be designed and sourced from recognised and established sources relating to learning difficulties and behaviour.

We recognise that students at TMTS need individualized support for their behavioural needs.

The TMTS strategy for responding to behavioural needs must be guided by either a supportive or sanction-based approach according to the cognitive ability of the individual student.

Good behaviour should be actively promoted, rewarded and promoted. All school staff should model positive behaviours.

All members of the school community should show respect to each other.

The implementation of the Behaviour Policy should be underpinned by a culture rooted in support for the student, listening, long-term goals, restoration and development of the student (emotionally and socially), understanding and ensuring the student voice is heard and advocated for.

Involvement of all the different agencies should be secured to ensure the design of the best possible strategy for supporting the behavioural needs of students.

TMTS staff should endeavor to understand the source of any negative behaviours and address this accordingly.

Bullying is unacceptable.

The school should incorporate all ongoing DfE guidance and advice relating to student behaviour.

The following should be addressed in the school’s Behaviour Policy:

  • Screening and searching of students for prohibited items
  • The power to use reasonable force and other physical guidance
  • A clear pathway for those students who receive support to change their behaviour and similarly where sanctions are appropriate
  • Pastoral care for school staff accused of misconduct
  • The involvement of external agencies
  • The School Rules and Expectations

Equality

The TMTS Governing Body expects the Behaviour Policy (and all others) to be applied in accordance with equality legislation.