Every school in Essex has a behaviour policy that includes a code of conduct for pupils. It is important you read this code to make sure you and your child comply with it. The code should be available on the school’s website but if it isn’t, ask the school for a copy.
If your child’s behaviour falls below the standard which could reasonably be expected of them, teachers can impose a reasonable punishment on your child.
In determining whether a punishment is reasonable, section 91 of the Education and Inspections Act 2006 says the penalty must be reasonable in all the circumstances and that account must be taken of the pupil’s age, any special educational needs or disability they may have, and any religious requirements affecting them.
When poor behaviour is identified, sanctions should be implemented consistently and fairly in line with the behaviour policy. Good schools will have a range of disciplinary measures clearly communicated to school staff, pupils and parents. These can include:
- a verbal reprimand
- extra work or repeating unsatisfactory work until it meets the required standard
- the setting of written tasks as punishments, such as writing lines or an essay
- loss of privileges – for instance the loss of a prized responsibility or not being able to participate in a non-uniform day
- missing break time
- detention including during lunch-time, after school and at weekends
- school-based community service or imposition of a task such as picking up litter or weeding school grounds, tidying a classroom, helping clear up the dining hall after meal times or removing graffiti
- regular reporting including early morning reporting, scheduled uniform and other behaviour checks, or being placed on report for behaviour monitoring
- extra physical activity such as running around a playing field.