Code of Conduct
At Michael Faraday Primary School we are fortunate to have a supportive and friendly parents/carers community and we value our strong relationship between home and school. A mutually supportive partnership between parents, class teachers and the school community helps us to achieve the very best for our children.
We want the relationship between home and school to be based on the principles of respect, trust, integrity and cooperation. The maintenance of this relationship is important to ensure that a child or children are safe and to avoid undue distress and anxiety.
The purpose of this Code of Conduct is to provide a reminder to all parents, carers and visitors to our school about our expectations. This is so we can continue to drive the vision of creating a safe, happy and respectful learning environment where every child can flourish in their potential.
To ensure we foster a positive partnerships between home and school, parents, carers and visitors are reminded:
- To respect the caring ethos and values of the school.
- That both teachers and parents need to work together for the benefit of their children.
- Approaching school staff for help to resolve an issue is done in an appropriate manner.
- All members of the school community are treated with respect using appropriate language and behaviour.
- The school needs to work with a child in order to clarify their version of events in order to bring about an appropriate solution to an issue.
- To correct their child’s actions especially where it could lead to conflict, aggressive or unsafe behaviour – both on and off the school premises.
- To use other strategies rather than using ‘staff’ as threats to admonish their children’s behaviour.
In order to support a peaceful and safe school environment the school will not tolerate parents, carers or visitors exhibiting the following:
- Breaching the school's security procedures.
- Disruptive behaviour which interferes or threatens to interfere with any of the schools operation or activities anywhere on the school premises.
- Any inappropriate language and/or behaviour on the school premises, including displaying intimidating body language such as standing very close to the person, kissing teeth and/or spitting.
- Not addressing a staff member directly and appropriately, for example ignoring them and speaking about them in third person whilst in their presence.
- Making personal insults, for example: "I don't like you; I don't want to speak to you."
- Using loud or offensive language or displaying temper, either in person or over the telephone.
- Threatening, in any way, a member of school staff, visitor, fellow parent/carer or pupil.
- Damaging or destroying school property.
- Sending abusive or threatening e-mails or text/voicemail/phone messages or other written communications to anyone within the school community.
- Defamatory, offensive or derogatory comments regarding the school or any of the pupils/parent/staff, at the school on Facebook or other social sites.
- The use of physical or verbal aggression towards another adult or child. This includes physical punishment against your own child on school premises.
- Approaching someone else’s child in order to discuss or chastise them because of the actions of this child towards their own child. (Such an approach to a child may be seen to be an assault on that child and may have legal consequences).
- Smoking, taking illegal drugs or the consumption of alcohol on school premises.
This is not an exhaustive list, but seeks to provide illustrations of such behaviour.
Inappropriate use of social network sites
Social media websites are being used increasingly to fuel campaigns or petitions and complaints against schools or to share inappropriate information, e.g. naming children involved in incidences, sharing confidential information regarding an aspect of school life, making allegations or accusations or sharing false news. Michael Faraday Primary School considers the use of social media websites or apps in this way as unacceptable and not in the best interests of the children or the whole school community.
Any concerns you may have must be made through the appropriate channels by speaking to the Class Teacher, the Leadership Team or the Headteacher, so that they can be dealt with fairly, appropriately and effectively in line with the school’s policies and procedures for handling concerns.
In the event that any pupil or parent/carer of a child/ren being educated at Michael Faraday is found to be posting defamatory comments on Facebook or other social network sites or apps, they will be reported to the appropriate ‘report abuse’ section of the network site. All social media network sites have clear rules about the content which can be posted on their sites and they provide robust mechanisms to report contact or activity which breaches this. The school will also expect that any parent/carer or pupil removes such comments immediately.
In serious cases, the school will also consider its legal options to deal with any such misuse of social networking and other sites. Additionally, and perhaps more importantly, is the issue of cyber bullying and the use by one child or a parent to publicly humiliate another by inappropriate social network entry. We will take and deal with any such case as a serious incident of school bullying. Thankfully, such incidents are extremely rare.
We would expect that parents make all persons responsible for dropping off and/or collecting children from the school are aware of this Code of Conduct.
Consequences of inappropriate behaviour
In cases where the Code of Conduct has been broken, the school will consider an appropriate action on a case by case basis.
This may include, and in no particular order, the following:
- If a staff member feels that they are being disrespected, they will end the conversation or meeting and ask the parent to return once they are able to speak respectfully. The decision to end a conversation or meeting lies with the staff member alone and is final.
- If a staff member asks a parent to end the conversation, yet they continue with the conversation, the parent will be asked to leave the premises and the police will be called if they fail to do as instructed.
- An informal telephone call/conversation warning the adult/s about their behaviour or a more formal letter to the adult/s to invite them to a meeting to discuss their behaviour and reminding them of this Code of Conduct. If the adult/s refuses to attend the formal meeting, then the school will write to the adult/s and ask them to stop the behaviour causing the concern and warn that, if they do not, they may be banned from the school premises.
- If banned from the premises, the headteacher will inform the parent in writing. The reason, the period of the ban and the expectation of what needs to happen before the ban is lifted will be outlined in the letter. The governors and the local authority will be informed of the ban.
- During the ban period, the parent will not be allowed on the premises or permitted to speak to any staff member. Arrangements will be clarified regarding delivering the child and collecting the child at the end of the school day. Any failure to adhere to the stipulation of the banning, will be reported to the police and may result in prosecution under section 547 of the Education Act 1996.