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Summary of contents - Core Values - Membership Cards - Expected Standards of Behaviour - Disiplinary Procedures - Sense of Pride


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Core Values Respect

The core values underpin everything we do as a sixth form:

Global Citizenship

for ourselves, for others, for the rule of law, for the environment

being active in improving our world and broadening horizons

Integrity

valuing everyone individually

acting according to our values and promises

Inclusion

Excellence and High Aspirations striving to be the best we can be

Enthusiasm

learning because we love to learn, teaching because we love to teach

Support

helping everyone to succeed

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Membership Cards All staff and students must wear their membership card visibly on a Blackpool Sixth lanyard around their neck whilst on the college site, in lessons and examinations, when using college facilities or when taking part in college activities. This helps us to ensure the safety of all members of college and to confirm that only recognised visitors are welcomed on to the site.

Be safe – we are committed to maintaining a safe and secure environment at college. Wearing

membership cards will help us to feel safer by reducing the likelihood of strangers gaining unauthorised access to college. It is vital that we are aware of who should be in the college so we can easily identify anyone who is not supposed to be here. Anyone not wearing their membership card will be challenged and, if necessary, asked to leave.

Be proud – we should all be proud to show that we are members of Blackpool Sixth. The wider

community will be able to more easily recognise what a college student or member of staff is like. This will add to our reputation for excellence and will improve the life chances of all members of college as we move forward in our future careers.

Be part of it – safety and reputation is the responsibility of all members of college. We must all play our part in wearing our membership cards and challenging people who are not displaying a valid membership card or visitor pass. We will all work together to make sure that college continues to be a safe and successful place to work and study.


Aspect of behaviour

Expected standard of behaviour

Why this is important

1. Attend fully, on time and with correct equipment

Students and staff have full attendance at college. All lessons, exams and meetings start on time. All holidays are to be taken outside of term time.*

To be fully prepared for learning and employment and to enable effective working.

2. Mobile devices in classrooms, exam venues and learning resource centres

Students and staff will switch their device off or set it to silent as they enter a classroom, learning resource centre, exam or a meeting. The device should only be used for educational purposes relevant to the activity.

To enable everyone to focus on learning without distraction and to promote active engagement /collaboration/discussion.

3. Dress in college

Students and staff wear clothing which does not cause offence to others (e.g. clothes that are too revealing or display offensive/sensitive slogans or images) and is suitable for the activity. The standards of dress apply on college site and when taking part in college organised activities off-site.

To support our core value of respect and for security purposes.

It is important that all members of college are clearly identifiable. College, therefore, requires all staff and students to keep their faces uncovered and wear their membership card visibly at all times. 4. Respecting the college environment

Students and staff find suitable seating or social spaces away from entrances, corridors and stairwells.

To maintain a safe, healthy, clean and eco-friendly environment.

Students and staff choose to eat only in designated areas. Students and staff put all litter in a bin or appropriate recycling box and treat the facilities with respect. 5. Wearing coats, hoods, hats and headphones /earphones

Students and staff remove coats, hoods and hats when entering a classroom, learning space, exam room or meeting. Reasonable adjustments will be made, where relevant. Students and staff are welcome to use their earphones/headphones in the FYi and at appropriate times of the college day, however refrain from using them during learning activities or meetings, unless it is relevant to the session.

To demonstrate respect, employability and fully engage in the learning experience.


Proud of Ourselves · Have high expectations of yourself · Be proud of your achievements · Work with enthusiasm and fulfil your potential · Act with integrity at all times

· Focus on developing the skills, attitudes and behaviours to help you progress · Don’t settle for second best · Take good care of yourself · Be confident in your abilities

Proud of Each Other · Respect others as you would want to be respected · Commit to mutual respect · Support others to learn · Respect the rights of others · Communicate positively and constructively at all times

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· Listen to and empathise with others · Celebrate each other’s successes · Respect and celebrate diversity

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Sense of Pride Proud of our Environment · Use our outstanding facilities responsibly and for the benefit of all · Recycle and dispose of litter to sustain and maintain the quality of our environment · Report graffiti, vandalism, etc.

· Uphold our college core values and the values of democracy, tolerance, liberty and law values · Be good ambassadors and role models · Wear your membership card with pride

Proud of our Community · Be an active member of our college community and our wider communities · Be a good neighbour · Be a good global citizen · Contribute to charitable work and volunteering activities

· Be inclusive by challenging any form of discrimination · Make the most of our diverse community to broaden horizons


Aspect of behaviour

Expected standard of behaviour

Why this is important

6. Use of language

Students and staff use professional and appropriate language in verbal and written communication, including email. This applies both within college and when representing the college externally.

To demonstrate respect and employability and to create a positive environment throughout the college community.

7. Participate fully in learning activities

Staff and students engage in all learning activities and conversations with enthusiasm and a willingness to try different things, take on new roles and accept their responsibilities, including completion of work to deadlines.

To be fully prepared for and to maximise learning, achieve goals, deliver successful outcomes and become employable.

Students and staff bring the correct equipment and resources required. 8. Smoking (including e-cigarettes)

Staff and students observe the college policy in order to maintain a smoke free environment. Only the designated area is used for smoking, including e-cigarettes.

To promote a healthy and safe environment.

* Losing vital weeks of study through taking a holiday has been shown to result in students underperforming in both exams and in BTEC coursework. Blackpool Sixth, therefore, does not normally permit holidays during term time. If there are extenuating circumstances surrounding the holiday request, then permission must be sought from the Principal, in writing, at least one month in advance of booking/arranging the holiday. Any student who takes an unauthorised holiday will be suspended from college and will face a formal disciplinary hearing. The outcome of the disciplinary hearing could be permanent exclusion.

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Disciplinary Procedures

Any student not meeting the above standards of behaviour may face disciplinary action. The disciplinary procedures are summarised below:

Support plan Issued by Pastoral Mentors First Formal Warning Issued by Pastoral Leads Second Formal Warning Issued by Heads of Department or a member of the Pastoral Leadership Team Formal Disciplinary Hearing Issued by a member of the Leadership Team


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Sense of Pride Blackpool Sixth ‘Sense of Pride’ should be a permanent part of the Blackpool Sixth community. Therefore, each year as part of induction we will promote our strategy to inform all staff and students. This document is an aide-memoire for all members of college and other stakeholders in a simple and memorable way. The aim is to make more explicit what is at the heart of our Blackpool Sixth community – the respect we have for each other and the way in which British values are embedded into all we do. If we can build on this idea of pride and respect then everyone will benefit within both the college and the wider community.

Pride

· Proud of ourselves · Proud of each other

Pride

· Proud of our environment · Proud of our community


Our Mission: Inspiring learning, developing character, building futures

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