Clampdown on school behaviour

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The Secretary of State for Chidren, Schools and Family has set a behaviour challenge for schools to make sure they have good, not just satisfactory behaviour by 2012. He has also written to all local authorities asking them to make behaviour a priority.

The strategy outlines a good school as having teachers set high expectations and standards for behaviour, manners and personal appearance. In satisfactory schools, occasional incidents of disruption make it harder for pupils to have a positive and active attitude to their learning.

Mr Balls said: "Today’s challenge to secondary schools is to help them recognise that satisfactory is not the gold standard. Schools should not be complacent about behaviour. Classrooms need to be environments where pupils engage and are positive about learning, so that pupils have better attitudes, are respectful of others views and want to achieve to a high standard."

"I want all satisfactory rated schools to make behaviour a priority because there is a vital link to improving overall standards. Children deserve to learn in a school that makes behaviour a priority."

Schools that do not improve may receive a warning notice to improve if lack of improvement on behaviour is part of overall underperformance at the school. They may also be re-inspected by Ofsted within one year, directed by the local authority or Secretary of State.

Schools will also be more directly accountable to parents since the new report card for schools will include Ofsted’s rating on behaviour.

Making behaviour a priority is key to improving attainment and results. Analysis of Ofsted judgements in 2007-08 show a very strong correlation between the judgement for behaviour and for the school’s overall achievement and standards.

The plans for behaviour improvement in the strategy include:

  • creating a national network of lead behaviour schools, with heads who have a track record of improving behaviour that can provide expert support and advice for schools and teachers in different parts of the country.
  • every school to be part of a Behaviour and Attendance Partnership;
  • every Behaviour and Attendance Partnership to include at least one good or outstanding school to support and lead the rest
  • tackling exclusions of SEN pupils as a priority - Behaviour and Attendance Partnerships must address the specific needs of SEN pupils before they become serious problems.
  • satisfactory schools must submit a behaviour improvement plan which should include the school’s teaching and learning policy so that staff and pupils know what is expected of them.

The Behaviour and Attendance Partnerships strategy plans to get all schools to be a part and aims to create a national network of lead behaviour schools, and tackle exclusions of SEN pupils as a priority.

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