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Consequences for Unwanted Behaviour including Exclusion


Despite positive behaviour management to promote good behaviour at Borrow Wood Primary School, it may be necessary to implement consequences to enforce expectations and to ensure a safe learning environment. Consistency is vital and should be appropriate to each individual situation. This policy is designed to empower all staff to create a fair, secure and happy learning environment.


Owl Behaviour System

At Borrow Wood we use the ‘Owl Behaviour System’ to manage behaviour. This system needs to be followed consistently and fairly. In the event that a child behaves in an unacceptable way the following procedure needs to be followed:


  1. Verbal reminder of ‘Green’ behaviour given.
  2. Move from ‘Ready to Learn’ to ‘Think About It’. Lose 1 minute of ‘Owl Time’.
  3. Repeated unwanted behaviour – Move to ‘Make Better Choices’. Lose 5 minutes of ‘Owl Time’ and go to Phase Leader class with work to complete..


4.     Repeated unwanted behaviour after ‘Time Out’ – Move to Parent Contact. Class teacher to contact parents to discuss concerns immediately to nip any concerns in the bud.


5.     Children who have lost all ‘Owl Time’ on a Friday will be supervised away from class by a member of SLT.


6.     Ongoing concerns about behaviour should be reported to SLT for further follow up with parents. (E.g. More than three ‘time outs’ in one week. However, professional judgment may lead to referral to SLT after one incident depending on the severity).




GREY SEVERE CHOICE behaviours and persistent RED behaviours will be referred directly to Senior Leaders to be dealt with.  These behaviours may lead to specific consequences being given depending on the behaviour, including a fixed-term or permanent exclusion.



The above sanctions apply to all school activities, trips and visits. If a serious incident occurs whilst on a school trip or visit, then the pupil(s) concerned could be excluded from a future school trip or visit



Exclusion will be used as a last resort where an individual child displays behaviour, which puts other members of the school community at risk. Both the child and his/her parents/carers will be made aware of the possibility of this ultimate consequence being applied where persistent RED or SEVERE behaviours occur. It will usually be appropriate for such children to be registered on the Special Needs register with suitable monitoring procedures and target setting to initiate a change in the child's behaviour.


The procedure for exclusion is:


1.     Only the Head teacher, or the person deputising has the power to exclude.


2.     There is no limit on the length of an exclusion a child might receive, other than the annual maximum of 45 days.


3.     During an exclusion the following will happen:

  • Work will be provided for the child to do at home with the parent. 

  • Discussion with parents will take place. 

  • Governors and the Local Authority will be notified of the exclusion and the reasons for it. 

  • Parents will be informed of their right to make representations to the Governing Body and the Local Authority including the names and addresses of the appropriate people. 

  • Governors must consider any representations by parents whose child has been excluded for a period of less than 5 days, but cannot direct reinstatement. They can attach a copy of their findings to the pupil's record, and can have a meeting with the parents if the parents request one.

4.     The Headteacher is permitted to exclude for up to 45 days in any one year.


5.     For exclusions of between 5 and 15 days (including cumulative exclusions in any one term), governors must hold a meeting if the parents/carers request oneThis should be held between the 5th and 60th day following the exclusion. Clearly, such a meeting is likely to be held after the exclusion has expired, so reinstatement may not be an option.


6.     For an exclusion of over 15 days (or more than 15 days cumulative in any term), governors must hold a meeting to consider the exclusion. Parents and the Local Authority should be invited. Governors can either uphold the exclusion or direct reinstatement at a specified date. Meetings should be held within 15 school days of the exclusion being issued. School would be expected to provide the Local Authority and parents/carers with a written report at least 5 school days before the meeting.


7.     In very exceptional circumstances the Head teacher can resort to the ultimate sanction of permanent exclusion. The parent/carer, pupil, governing body and Local Authority will be informed of this decision immediately. Permanent exclusions should follow the same procedure as exclusions of over 15 days. The Local Authority has no authority to direct reinstatement at any time. That power lies solely with the governing body.