Updated Behaviour Policy

Variances to Inclusion Hampshire’s Behaviour Policy for the period following reopening when social distancing is recommended

 Our core aims, principles and intentions of our current Behaviour Policy, will remain unchanged.

However, we will be mindful of the need to support our learners with their transition back into education after a prolonged period at home.

To demonstrate this our team has developed personalised Return to Education Plans based on our knowledge and relationship with the learner, taking account of their social, emotional, sensory and learning (as detailed in Education, Health and Care Plans and similar documents). We will be providing clear guidance on the changes to school routines (by creating instructional videos of new procedures) and offering frequent reminders of our expectations to learners.

We will take into account the possible impact of Covid-19, and subsequent lockdown, on the mental health and emotional wellbeing of our learners in the event of considering any sanctions. There are a range of factors that we acknowledge could have deeply affected young people, including anxiety, bereavement and concern for family members.

Where a pupil has a special educational need, we will consider the impact on their behaviour of being out of school for an extended period.

Inclusion Hampshire will continue to use our established strategies, as outlined in the Behaviour Policy, to provide consistency and clarity for all our learners.

A warm welcome, unconditional positive regard, and, an honest and trusting relationship will remain at the core of our behaviour management strategies.

There will be some changes to our behaviour policy in order to address the ongoing health concerns and social distancing requirements to assure the safety of the Inclusion community. For example, in low-level cases:

  • If a learner refuses to wash their hands on arrival they will be asked by a member of staff to do so. However, a member of staff will not have time to take the time to explore this issue with the learner at that moment as arrivals take place one at a time. Therefore, the member of staff will, secondly, inform the learner that we are unable to keep them and others safe if they refuse to wash their hands, and explain that they will need to leave. If they continue to refuse to do this, they will be escorted off-site and parents will be called. We therefore request parents remain outside for 5 minutes so the learner can leave as quickly and safely as possible.
  • If a pupil decides to leave the site, a member of staff will explain that they are not able to return and encourage them to remain by offering distractions (e.g. games, work, conversation, food). If the learner continues to refuse the member of staff will explain that they will be obliged to contact the parent/carer to inform them they have left the site and will need to be collected as soon as possible.

 

In minor cases such as those outlined above, the on-site manager will be required to contact the parents to discuss and explore the issue, including whether the learner is safe to return for future sessions.

More severe cases will be managed differently. In the following scenario, members of staff will have already implemented  de-escalation and other strategies, as outlined in the behaviour policy, before the following actions take place:

  • If a learner wilfully ignores or refuses to follow instructions relating to social distancing to deliberately intimidate another learner or member of staff they will immediately be moved to a separate area, whilst maintaining social distancing. If they refuse to do this, a member of staff will contact parents/carers to collect the learner. A member of the senior leadership team will discuss with parents whether it is possible to keep the child safe in school during the period of social distancing. If the school’s senior leadership decides that it cannot keep the learner safe and/or other learners/members of staff may be put at risk by the learner attending, then parents should expect that their child will not be able to attend school during this time. A meeting will be held in September to review the issue before they can attend sessions full time again. If Senior Leadership deam the incident to be of such severity the young person’s placement will be ended.

 

June 2020

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