The new behaviour policy from September 2016 was developed throughout 2015-16 via student questionnaires, student voice work and a staff working group. The outcome of this work was our FAIR system:
These are the basic expectations for all students. Going over and above these expectations will be recognised via our reward system. Falling short of these expectations will lead to behaviour incidents being logged in line with our behaviour management procedure.
From a House perspective, the merit totals so far are:
One element of our expectations is regarding mobile phone use. Whilst some staff may allow the use of phones to take a photograph of the homework which is written on the board, for example, we do not expect phones out at any other time during a lesson. Students can use their phones, if used appropriately, during break and lunch.
Digital Awareness UK has recently undertaken some research regarding mobile phone use for teenagers. It found that 45% of the students it surveyed checked their mobile phones after they had gone to bed. 94% of those students were on social media. 68% of those students acknowledged that using their mobile phones in this way affected their school work.
How can parents support? Digital Awareness UK suggests:
Refrain from using screens 90 minutes before bedtime;
- Turn off notifications, or activate “do not disturb”, “aeroplane mode” or mute settings. Turn the phone off altogether if you can;
- Reduce blue light exposure, which can disrupt sleep. For example, most Apple devices have the “night shift mode”, which changes the colour temperature of your device to reduce exposure;
- Try and break the habit of unprompted device checking;
- Keep your phone in a location that prevents you from seeing, hearing or even reaching for it (leave it in a different room?);
- Use a screen time tracker apps, such as RealizD and Moment, that can showcase the amount of time you are spending on your device. Some of these apps allow you to set usage restrictions;
- Digital detox – take a break from devices altogether or set times that you will turn your phone off;
- Switch the habit – in the 90 minutes running up to bedtime, get stuck into a good book, practise meditation or have a relaxing bubble bath;
- Think. If we think about the reasons why we are using mobile devices at night time, we would often think twice; and,
- If you take control back by exercising any of the tips listed above, give yourself a pat on the back and a treat.