Behaviour Management & Development
It is the objective of our school to provide a safe and secure Islamic environment for our children to learn and develop. Al-Noor enforces a positive developing-behaviour management strategy that seeks to encourage good behaviour and motivation through praise. It also recognises that a disciplinary code is needed too. This is progressive in nature and designed with the child’s welfare and guidance in mind. Insha’Allah, each child will learn to acquire self-discipline through a growing awareness of the rights of others. We want our children to learn and play happily and safely without being subjected to, or inflicting on fellow pupils, any form of bullying, aggression, victimisation, improper language or offensive gestures.
Student Code of Conduct
Love of Allah and His Rasul, salAllahu ‘alaihiwasallam, the respect for all teachers, staff and members of society, within and outside of the school premises are some of the most important qualities imbued in the child at Al-Noor. We believe wholeheartedly that we cannot inculcate these values within our children on our own but only hand-in-hand with their parents and families. We request that all our families foster the school’s messages with their children at home to help us nurture and build strong, confident and emotionally mature individuals and communities of the future, with the help and permission of Almighty Allah.
Pupils are expected to show respect towards and obey all teachers during and outside school hours. Neat and tidy school uniforms must be worn during school hours; children in non-uniform may be sent home. The Headteacher may require pupils to be withdrawn from the school if their conduct is deemed detrimental to the health, safety and general well-being of the school community.
Pupils must not cause damage to either school property or the property of fellow pupils, nor must they attempt to remove any equipment from the school premises. If the Headteacher deems it necessary, parents of the offending pupil will be asked to attend the school to discuss their child’s behaviour.
The moral and Islamic education of a child can only be effective with the co-operation and support of their parents/guardians. We ask all our parents to strive to deflect inappropriate and unsuitable media influences from their children.
If circumstances arise, due to unruly behaviour, formal disciplinary procedures will be taken including the possibility of suspension or exclusion from the school. Pupils have the right to fair and equal treatment, with the right to adequate warning and appeal. Al-Noor maintains an equal opportunities policy. No pupil of the school will be discriminated against on the grounds of race, religion, colour, sex, disability, age or social position.
Parents are also kindly requested to show respect towards staff members. We realise that great damage is caused to children, their behaviour and the disciplined school environment, by the display before them of dissent between school and parents. This jeopardises and undermines the values we all share and want to nurture in our children.
Our reward system acts as a positive reinforcement of good behaviour. An abundance of praise is used both for the individual, groups and classes as a whole. We always aim to encourage good behaviour and work by praising such and avoid criticising unacceptable behaviour, in an attempt to avoid highlighting it. In practice this means a member of staff will often encourage all children to act in an appropriate way by praising those who are already behaving in that way. The praise is sometimes accompanied by a reward for the child, group or class. We recognise that rewards are a much more effective means of eliciting good behaviour than sanctions, although both are necessary to define the boundaries for acceptable behaviour. Types of rewards used from time to time are given below.
The Star Chart
Stars are awarded to children for either good academic effort or for good behaviour within the classroom. Stars are displayed on a star chart in the classroom under the pupil’s name and their accumulation lead to further rewards such as commendation certificates and prizes.
Table points are award to children’s tables within the classroom. Pupils who behave and work well are given table points for their particular tables throughout the school day. This system aims to promote team spirit and encourages pupils to support and advise one another.
The class chart is used by the class to achieve recognition for the good work the class has done as a whole. The aim is to achieve 100 points in order to earn a class trip.
The class trophy is awarded weekly in assembly to the class that earns the most stars for their behaviour/conduct around the school. Any member of staff can award the points for the class trophy.
Every class in the school on Friday afternoon is given Golden Time. This is when the children enjoy a variety of games provided by the school. Golden Time is very much valued by the children and is used to reward and reduced or taken away to sanction pupils where needed, as is football for boys at break and lunch playtimes.
For pupils for whom it is proven upon investigation, that they have been engaged in fighting or other forms of violent behaviour or gross misconduct towards others, the headteacher will resort to exclusion.
An investigation consisting of a series of interviews of principal witnesses to events will be conducted to ascertain the facts as far as is possible. Parents will be informed of exclusions by a phone call and letter and invited to a meeting following the exclusion, when the pupil returns to school, to discuss the pupil’s behaviour.
Exclusion may also be used for pupils whose continued poor behaviour over a sustained period of time has resulted in the escalation of sanctions up the school’s sanction ladder (details of which are available in the school’s Behaviour Development policy).
The length of the suspension will be left to the discretion of the headteacher. The severity of the incident(s) will play a part in determining this. Permanent exclusions may also be used on the third consecutive occasion of excludable behaviour or as a result of the above process, as a last resort when no other sanction, behaviour plan and rewards have worked to improve a pupil’s very poor behaviour.