Moving forwards together to a positive future.
Due note has been taken of the DCSF documents related to exclusions particularly “The Government’s Exclusion Policy” on improving behaviour and attendance. The school is committed to positive discrimination in supporting young people who present a wide range of unacceptable behaviours. These include violent or aggressive behaviour, damage to property disruption to the education of self and others. Consequently, sometimes a student may require time out of the formal school setting.
These occasions will be:-
Kept to a minimum
Reported formally to parents/ carers and other agencies and the LEA
Monitored and evaluated against the individual’s attendance/ behaviours and IEBP
Provided with appropriate school work to keep up their education
The school does offer a “no permanent exclusion policy” by working closely with the home and the Education Authority. This may mean that supported working at home or at another venue takes place and students are placed on Roselyn House School’s RHISE project. If, after concerted efforts it is understood that the individual cannot benefit from the opportunities provided, the school will recommend that a more suitable placement is sought. Meanwhile, we will try to ensure that education continues, although this may well be off-site.
At times some individuals exhibit extreme behaviours which present the individual and/ or others from receiving their education. In these cases, we do reserve the right to arrange a “cooling off period” where the individual will be asked to stay at home for a prescribed length of time (a fixed term exclusion): whilst discussions take place with parents and/ or carers.
In line with Roselyn House School’s Behaviour Policy, section 10.8 with regard to alleged assault (by student on student or student on staff or staff on student or parent on staff etc. A ‘cool off period’ will be put into place for the alleged perpetrator and a meeting set up with the LEA and parents/ carers and any other agencies that may be involved. The young person out of school will continue to be supported by Roselyn House School and education provided. A meeting will be arranged within a reasonable time scale in order to discuss the outcome of any prosecution/conviction. If the length before prosecution is prolonged, an individual package of education will be provided off the school site. This may apply in the case of a student who has allegedly assaulted another student(s). By providing such a ‘cool off period’ for a student, it allows the Police/ School to investigate the incident without prejudice. It stops any further incidents occurring or discrimination forming. It is a system which helps keep both the alleged victim and alleged perpetrator safe from any further risk. If there is no conviction following a Police investigation then the young person will return to school following a Restorative Justice Meeting and be provided with supported re-integration. If the young person is convicted, then a discussion will take place as to whether the placement is still viable for the young person or whether an alternative, individualised package should be put into place. This may consist of learning/ teaching off site and vocational placements, for example.
A student’s placement at the school may be terminated if there is a change in circumstances and more suitable/ alternative provision can be found. These instances will be monitored and evaluated against the behaviour management and positive handling plan. The Education Authority and parents/ carers will be informed formally in writing. Likewise if the school is unable to meet the child’s needs or they have become unsafe under Health and Safety Responsibilities.
An emergency meeting would normally be convened at the school and the decision made to end the placement agreed between the School and the Authority. Both the School and Placing Authority have to follow guidelines that are outlined in the ‘contract of placement’ and until a student is officially removed from the roll of Roselyn House School, work and support will be provided.
Reviewed October 2018