Erne Integrated College aims to be a warm, happy and supportive environment in which students can progress to young adulthood and become responsible, independent people making a caring and positive contribution to the community.
Our Discipline Policy is based on positive expectations of the very highest standards of behaviour - both in the College, on the journey to and from the College, and all other College-related activities - and on the importance of close contact and full co-operation between home and College.
We expect students to show;
at all times in their relationships with others.
We aim to prevent problematic behaviour developing in the first instance, rather than focusing primarily on the symptoms of such behaviour. We concentrate on encouraging pupils to understand the consequences of their actions - thus helping them develop the qualities of self-discipline, respect for themselves, others and the property of others.
The College Policy is to promote the self-esteem of the student. This will bring about increased academic success as well as making anti-social behaviour less likely.
This is done in a number of ways:
1. It is College Policy to be encouraging rather than critical. Every opportunity is taken to praise and recognise achievement in all areas.
2. Matching work to ability means that all students get positive feed-back about their work.
3. Students elect representatives to a Students’ Council.
4. Teachers get to know students as people rather than simply knowing about their progress from one subject area.
5. Students are listened to, especially by their Form Teacher, who builds up a relationship with the student. Feeling that they ‘belong to their Form Class’ can be very important in establishing positive working relationships, leading to a strong corporate College identity.
6. Students are involved in agreeing, formulating and displaying class rules at the beginning of each year - which are regularly re-enforced.
7. Students of all ages and abilities are afforded opportunities for taking on responsibilities which include classroom management tasks, in form groups, assisting during public events, preparing rooms for special events and helping in the Tuck Shop.
8. Students’ achievements are acknowledged in a variety of ways, which include special mention in College Assemblies, Year Assemblies and through Subject Merit Certificates, letters home, positive comments in marking and assessment and comments in Homework Diaries.
9. Where a break-down of relationships occurs, attention will be given to rebuilding such relationships.
Making mistakes can be part of growing up and the College has an important role to play in helping students deal with these and move on. Our over-riding concern is to ensure an orderly, safe environment where quality teaching and learning takes place - in which we balance the needs of the individual student alongside the rights of all students to learn and the rights of teachers to teach. In so doing, the College will apply appropriate sanctions fairly and consistently and expects full parental support. The College will also engage, where appropriate, the services of external agencies which may include the Education Welfare Service, the Education Psychological Service, the Behaviour Support Team of the WELB and Social Services.
The following is a list of sanctions which the College uses, ‘matching’ the sanction suitably with the breach of discipline;
1. One simple reprimand.
2. An incident may be recorded on an Internal Memo to a Subject Co-ordinator, Form Teacher, Year Curriculum Co-ordinator, Vice-Principal or Principal.
3. If the problems are classroom based, the Subject Teacher will normally report the matter to the Subject Co-ordinator who will take appropriate action.
4. The matter may be discussed with the Form Teacher who may then liaise with the Year Curriculum Co-ordinator. The Year Curriculum Co-ordinator may discuss the matter with the student and if it seems necessary, may inform the parents. The Year Curriculum Co-ordinator or Form Teacher may also discuss the issue with the Learning Support Co-ordinator.
5. The Vice-Principal or Principal may be informed and again they may wish to discuss the matter with the parents.
6. If a student needs help with organising homework, or is generally not co-operative, he/she may be placed on a target card or on daily report. Parents will be informed when their child is on report. At the end of the agreed time, (eg 5 days) the student will meet with the Form Teacher/Year Curriculum Co-ordinator who will help the student review progress.
7. A student may be placed on break or lunch detention.
8. A student may be temporarily removed from class and supervised in another location where he/she will be expected to complete work set.
9. A student may be placed on Internal Suspension.
10. Privileges may be withdrawn from a student.
11. A student may be placed on after-school detention - in accordance with Article 5 of the Education (Northern Ireland Order) 1998. He/she may be required to complete learning assignments or to engage in appropriate ‘community service’ to the College. Parents will be informed in writing, giving at least 24 hours advanced notice. It is the responsibility of parents/guardians to organise transport home in such cases.
12. Repeated breaches of discipline, or a single serious breach of discipline as determined by the Principal, may result in the student being interviewed by the Discipline Panel - to which parent(s) will be invited. A student may also be asked to an interview with the Discipline Committee of the Board of Governors - to which parent(s) will also be invited.
13. Serious breaches of discipline may lead to suspension. The Principal has the power to suspend for up to five school days and the parents, Chair of the Board of Governors and a representative of the Western Education and Library Board will be informed in writing. If suspension is to be extended, it is the decision of the Board of Governors and parents have a right to be represented to the decision-making body.
14. The Board of Governors reserves the right to recover the whole or part of the cost of breakages and losses which have occurred as a result of a student’s behaviour. This includes loss or defacement of text books, or interference with fire extinguishers.
15. Items which contravene Health and Safety standards or which contravene general College rules may be confiscated. Such items may be returned to the student or parent/guardian (where appropriate) - within a period not exceeding seven days - or in the case of illegal items or substances to the police.