Good pastoral care grows out of quality relationships between staff and pupils. To this end, pupils are encouraged to approach all, or any, member of staff with concerns that arise. However, for good organisation, a formal structure exists. Each class has a Form Tutor who is responsible for the initial pastoral care of the pupils in that class. The Form Tutor meets with the class every day for registration and is the first point of contact for support, advice or minor concerns.
Each Year group is the responsibility of the Year Tutor and Assistant Year Tutor. In Year Eight the Year Tutor and Assistant focus on the induction and pastoral care of all new pupils. Heads of Year and Form Tutors move up through the school with their registration group: forging relations, using previous knowledge to support learning and helping pupils to achieve their potential. In Year 13 & 14 there is a dedicated team who rotate.
The Personal Development programme is delivered by a core team with specialist training at Key Stages 3, 4, & 5.
Promoting Good Attendance
The College believes that good attendance and punctuality are central to the learning process. For a child to succeed in the school environment, it is essential that a high level of attendance is maintained, the school target is 96%, this figure is included on pupil interim and end of year reports. An encouragement and reward programme exists to promote best attendance and a support programme is in place, in liaison with the Education Welfare Service, to address issues of non-attendance, school refusal, truancy etc.
All pupils have the right to expect that every member of staff, both teaching and non-teaching, will do whatever is reasonable to safeguard each pupil's welfare and safety. We seek to provide a secure environment in which each pupil can learn and develop effectively. The designated child protection officer is the Deputy Principal. In his absence, the Pastoral Directors for Junior and Senior school are the Deputy Designated Officers.
Dunclug College takes a serious view of the issue of bullying and does all it can to ensure that any type of bullying, no matter how small, is addressed. There is a clear anti-bullying policy to which all parents and pupils are invited to contribute. We seek to identify the underlying cause of problems that arise and to use strategies which will bring about lasting change.
The school places emphases on good relationships and regular meaningful communication with parents:
Positive Discipline & Behaviour Management
At Dunclug we promote self-discipline, encourage good behaviour and use positive behaviour management strategies when pupils experience difficulty.
We believe that we maintain good behaviour by:
Providing a high quality of teaching and a wide range of meaningful experiences for pupils both inside and outside the classroom providing support, encouragement and a system of target setting for improvement at all levels promoting safety in school through good supervision, anti-bullying and child protection procedures.
Rewarding success: academic, vocational, sporting and cultural pursuits, endeavour and behaviour. These rewards are distributed throughout the year in class, special assemblies, sports prize-giving and our annual prize giving afternoon. They consist of Cups, Shields, Medals and Certificates for pupils who attain the highest levels of achievement. Good behaviour, attendance and hard work are also rewarded with book tokens and vouchers providing a wide range of extra-curricular activities through which pupils develop their individual talents and gifts.
Throughout the term pupils have opportunity to gain merits awarded for work, attitude, behaviour and contribution to school life. Certificates, book tokens and other awards are presented in special assemblies at the end of each term.
Pupils who have shown outstanding achievement are also rewarded at the annual School Prize Afternoon, where cups and shields, as well as External Examination Certificates are presented.
Taught Pastoral Curriculum
All pupils follow a pastoral curriculum, in the form of a Personal Development programme, comprised of Citizenship, Personal, Social & Health Education and Employability. The PSHE programme includes Drugs Education, Health Education and Relationships & Sexuality Education.
During Year 10 study pupils engage with the YPI Programme (Youth Philanthropy Initiative) where they get opportunity to research various charities, learn about their ethos and work while developing their presentation and group work skills. The winning team secure funding of £3,000 for their chosen charity.
Some pupils, at Key Stage 4, choose to follow the Learning for Life & Work leading to a GCSE. Pupils at Key Stage 5 have opportunity to study, in addition to AS & A2, COPE (Certificate of Personal Effectiveness)
Our online safety policy protects our pupils when they are in school but we also instruct them about intenet safety at all times and encourage parents to likewise. This video from the Child Exploitation and Online Safety Centre highlights some of the issues concerned.
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