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School behaviour unit advice

Discussion in 'Secondary' started by Newteacher4321, Mar 29, 2019.

  1. Newteacher4321

    Newteacher4321 New commenter

    Hi, i have just started teaching at a new school and have been allocated to the off-site ''behaviour unit' which is just one room at the local rugby stadium there is me and one other member of staff there. There are 6 student. I personally find the set up of the behaviour unit to be strange because the students only study maths, engish, science and some ART. The students can wear there own clothes and are also allowed their phones out at all times. Does anyone else find the setup at this off-site behaviour unit a little strange?
     
  2. minnie me

    minnie me Star commenter

    No I don’t find it strange. For students who are rejecting the mainstream curriculum then no point in trying to recreate in another part of the setting ? Core subjects will always be a priority and Art can be therapeutic/ play to strengths. As for the phone thing - maybe that’s because it’s easier ( ironically ) to ‘ police ‘ . It could be a very useful experience for you and you could learn a lot by observing and facilitating the provision ?
     
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  3. Newteacher4321

    Newteacher4321 New commenter

    I know but the set-up is strange as i am a pastoral member of staff and not a proper qualified teacher and the other Member of staff at the behaviour unit is also a pastoral member of staff. We also have to set the work for the students it is not even set by qualified teachers!
     
  4. minnie me

    minnie me Star commenter

    That was not at all obvious from your original post. To be honest some Bases are staffed with the ‘ right ‘ kind of people who are in tune with those more challenged and challenging. Re work - no not ideal but consider the responsibilities of the Primary school teacher ? I think you could / should look at the school’s policy / rationale for the Base which in theory should be published on the website ? Though given what you have written I would not be surprised if it was found wanting / found at all !?
     
  5. Newteacher4321

    Newteacher4321 New commenter

    I have looked at the polices which don't even mention the behaviour unit! Surely that is unprofessional of the school? Also how can the students at the behaviour unit actually study for there GCSEs when me and the other member of staff there are pastoral staff meaning there are no qualified teachers at the behaviour unit and we pastoral staff are setting the work? What are the reasons for behaviour units at high schools to be off-site?
     
  6. minnie me

    minnie me Star commenter

    I assume there is a member of the SLT responsible for the Base ? Perhaps you can ask what the entry/ exit criteria is ? The setting is still responsible for the achievements of these students ? You asked for advice so I suspect you need to clarify exactly for what you are responsible / accountable given the circumstances though from what you have described this co hort seems out of sight / out of mind which I think is insupportable.....
     
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  7. Newteacher4321

    Newteacher4321 New commenter

    The pastoral support team at the school is responsible for sending students to the unit. Can you explain what you mean by "though from what you have described this co hort seems out of sight / out of mind which I think is insupportable"?
     
  8. minnie me

    minnie me Star commenter

    If you were the parents / carers of one of the cohort would you be happy with the provision ? If the answer is no / unlikely then ask yourself why ? The school may re integrate these students successfully back into the mainstream after this period of respite and the model you describe may work for them ? You are new and not privy to what has gone before ..... given the staffing levels / accomodation / lack of specialist input / work schemes / dirth of policy or rationale ( according to you ) / work schemes ..... then it does seem to me that the 'progress ' of these students is somewhat being left to chance ? Who knows ?
     
  9. Newteacher4321

    Newteacher4321 New commenter

    Our behaviour unit reminds me a bit of " out of sight out if mind " would you agree?
     
  10. minnie me

    minnie me Star commenter

    Err yes refer to post #6
     
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  11. Newteacher4321

    Newteacher4321 New commenter

    Could you suggest some ways we could try to improve our schools behaviour unit?
     
  12. minnie me

    minnie me Star commenter

    I think you need to start with your success / impact criteria i.e what do you want to see as a result of the provision? ... and work backwards as it were ...... and then put in place (resources human and otherwise for example )what you need to achieve this. You could draft along the lines of an Action Plan ? You will need SLT on board ( I could argue that a named person should be i/ c anyway re accountability / responsibility.) Recce good inclusive practice / case studies and / or visit a Base with a ‘ good ‘ rep ? These students have an entitlement too ....
     
  13. Newteacher4321

    Newteacher4321 New commenter

    On Friday I sent an email to our pastoral team which are responsible for the unit and also sent to email to our headteacher and requested a meeting with both of them and I am expecting a reply after the school holidays.

    Also when I was allocated to the behaviour unit the pastoral team at the school made us give the students parents our mobile phone numbers so they could contact us about their children and we also had to give our number to the students so they could contact us if there was an issue coming to the unit one day or they were struggling with homework! I find this to be very unprofessional do you? Could this be a breach of the schools safeguarding policy?
     
  14. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    Is this seriously in the UK?
     
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  15. Newteacher4321

    Newteacher4321 New commenter

    It is yes.
     
  16. CWadd

    CWadd Lead commenter

    Contacting students on a personal device or personal email is a breach of safeguarding. In fact, in the eyes of UK law, it could be considered grooming.
     
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  17. Flanks

    Flanks Established commenter

    Either OP is making it up, or isn't fully aware of the set up, or has mis-understood, or should be whistleblowing to Ofsted. Either way this thread is remarkable.
     
  18. minnie me

    minnie me Star commenter

    Agree and I suspect I have spent too much time on it ;)
     
  19. Newteacher4321

    Newteacher4321 New commenter

    I am not making it up and I am fully aware of the set up I will be contacting education safeguarding in regards to the school wanting us to contact parents on our mobile phone.

    I just wanted some advice on how to improve the behaviour unit.
     
  20. Flanks

    Flanks Established commenter

    Not to belabour the point, but if you believe the children are at risk and that safeguarding is inadequate and that SLT are willfully ignoring the situation, then you are obliged to report immediately, not seek advice on a forum and wait a few days before doing things.
     

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