Behaviour for Learning

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The Model Way

Excellent behaviour is expected here at the Girls’ Model.  All students follow The Model Way and are Ready, Respectful and Safe.  Positive relationships between all members of our school community are key in promoting positive behaviour for learning.  We endeavour to recognise and reward good manners, politeness and kindness, as well as effort and commitment to all aspects of school life.  We congratulate these efforts and achievements by way of Assembly Shout Outs, postcards to parents, certificates, prizes and organised reward events.  Students also receive positive comments on our online reward system.

The reward system aims to:

  • enhance the motivation of students and raise achievement through rewards
  • improve attendance
  • improve positive behaviour
  • strengthen links with parents who will be able to reinforce the sense of achievement
  • increase students’ self-esteem
  • increase students’ self-discipline so that all experience an atmosphere of mutual respect

There may be occasions when a student’s behaviour or attitude may challenge our agreed standards of The Model Way.  As a school we endeavour to resolve such through restorative conversations, repairing relationships. It is always our intention that a student is supported and appropriate help given where necessary.

Behaviour for Learning

There are occasions when a student’s behaviour or attitude may challenge our agreed standards for good behaviour in school.  This includes:

  • Targeting other students
  • Fighting
  • Use of abusive language to any member of the school community
  • Smoking
  • Truancy
  • Lateness
  • Inappropriate behaviour in class
  • Unauthorised use of mobile phones
  • Disrupting the work of other pupils
  • Excess jewellery/inappropriate uniform

When sanctions are imposed they will reflect the seriousness of an individual’s offence.  They are applied as soon as possible after a school rule is broken and are applied in a fair and consistent manner.  It is always our intention that a student is supported and reasons for negative behaviour sought so appropriate help can be given.

School sanctions include:

Verbal warnings

These are given for low-level misbehaviour or ‘one-off’ offences.

Deduction of merit points

Merit points may be deducted from pupils who breaking school rules.

Report Cards

These are issued for unacceptable behaviour, unsatisfactory attendance or punctuality.  Each pupil on Report Card is reviewed regularly.


After school detention can be issued by Heads of year and Heads of Departments.  Parents will receive 24 hours notice if pupils are to be detained after school.

Exclusion from class in Wellbeing Support

Wellbeing Support is designed to promote and sustain good behaviour in order to allow pupils to learn. It is used sparingly and is tightly organised and recorded in order to be of maximum effectiveness.

Confiscation of prohibited items

e.g. cigarettes, lighters and matches, sharp implements (knives etc). These are confiscated and not returned until a parent/guardian comes to school to retrieve these items.  Drugs are dealt with in accordance with school policy.


Suspension is used for more serious breaches of the behaviour for learning policy only, such as fighting, bullying, use of abusive language to staff, deliberate damage to school property and so on.  Suspension normally takes effect immediately.  Parents/guardians will be notified by telephone or in writing.  In addition, details of the suspension will be sent to the Education Authority.

In very serious cases of breaches of school discipline a pupil may be required to attend the Board of Governors, Disciplinary Panel, accompanied by parents or guardians.


Education Authority guidelines are followed to exclude any pupil from school.

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