Student conduct and discipline

Promoting Positive Behaviours at Derby College Group

Pete BenyonHi, my name is Pete Benyon and I am the Team Manager for Student Engagement. This means that I am responsible for promoting positive behaviours in Derby College and supporting our employees and students to meet the highest behavioural expectations. We have a variety of innovative and well-researched approaches that have been developed with clear intentions to be implemented to have the greatest positive impact on our students and employees, our partners, our College and our local communities.

I have nearly 20-years-experience of working in teaching, behaviour support, managing teams, training employees, public speaking and creating engagement solutions for young people who have been excluded, or felt excluded, by the educational system.

What does “Promoting Positive Behaviours” Mean?

Promoting positive behaviours is different from “managing behaviour” as it recognises that our responsibilities as a College, an education provider and a part of the Derby community, is to create environments, plan practices and interact with our students in a manner which produces the highest probability that employees and students will meet our professional expectations. We expect our students to manage their own behaviour as young adults, but we will support them do so in an individual and inclusive way.

The 5Ps of Professional Behaviour

Our professional expectations are based on a simple mnemonic (memory tool) of the 5Ps:

  • Positive
  • Polite
  • Punctual
  • Prepared
  • Professional

These are advertised throughout our buildings, referred to regularly by our employees and are a part of our delivery programmes. The 5Ps give us the opportunity to use consistent language and ensure that everyone understands what is expected and that we will challenge what we view as “unwanted behaviours” in a constructive and positive way.

We also want our students and employees to be patient and to persevere. Can you think of any other Ps? If so, send them to me at peter.benyon@derby-college.ac.uk

What are “unwanted behaviours”?

“Unwanted behaviours” are those behaviours displayed that are:

  • Aggressive or violent,
  • discriminatory, harassing or bullying,
  • breaches of health and safety and/or intentionally hazard causing (to physical, emotional and/or mental health,
  • related to drugs, psychoactive substances and/or alcohol,
  • being in possession of weapons or items that may intentionally be used as weapons and/or
  • any other behaviours prohibited within our Student Code of Conduct or Positive Behaviour Policy.

The Purpose Driven Approach

The purpose of our approach to unwanted behaviours is to raise our students’ awareness and understanding of their own behaviour and, therefore, their decision-making process, so that they may make better decisions in the future base on their goals and ambitions. This is done in a student-centred, inclusive and solution-focussed way.

Disciplinary Consequences

There are some circumstances, such as aggression and persistent bullying where a formal sanction or warning may be necessary to support better decision making in the future and to safeguard all students and employees. For this, we maintain a disciplinary process which includes verbal warnings, written warnings and, in the most extreme cases and within Government guidance: exclusion.

Behaviour Awareness Programme

To support students further we have a dedicated team of Coaches and Mentors who, depending on the circumstances may be called in or referred to discuss matters of behaviour with a student if it is causing the student to be at risk of not attending, not achieving and or/not progressing.

If the students place at College is at risk they may be referred to take part in a Behaviour Awareness Programme with one of our specialised mentors .The programme will be facilitated by the mentor specifically for each student so that it can aid them to understand how their outlook, perception and interpretation of events and/or people has led to unwanted behaviours.

More Information

If you are a student or parent and wish to gain more information, or if you are a professional from another educational establishment and wish to know more information about our approaches, programmes or research/data collecting then please get in touch using the different methods listed below:

Email: peter.benyon@derby-college.ac.uk

Mobile: 07702338506

Main College number: 0300 123 7890

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