School PoliciesMarch 25, 2023 2023-03-31 20:52
PIA School Policies
At Peaceville International Academy, we welcome all pupils; places at the school are offered in an open and fair way. Our admissions process is delivered through a rigorous selection process. CBT exams are conducted at various centres followed by an interview with the prospective student and parents.
The number of places available is determined by the capacity of the school, and priority is given to very academically abled students, students with siblings, and those that can be classified within the GATE (Gifted and Talented Education).
Peaceville International Academy believes that, in order to facilitate teaching and learning, acceptable behaviour must be demonstrated in all aspects of school life.
The school acknowledges that behaviour can sometimes be the result of educational, mental health, other needs or vulnerabilities, and will address these needs via an individualised graduated response.
The school is committed to:
- Promoting desired behaviour.
- Promoting self-esteem, self-discipline, proper regard for authority, and positive relationships based on mutual respect.
- Ensuring equality and fair treatment for all.
- Praising and rewarding good behaviour.
- Challenging and disciplining misbehaviour.
- Providing a safe environment, free from disruption, violence, discrimination, bullying and any form of harassment.
- Encouraging positive relationships with parents.
- Developing positive relationships with pupils to enable early intervention.
- A shared approach which involves pupils in the implementation of the school’s policy and associated procedures.
- Promoting a culture of praise and encouragement in which all pupils can achieve.
Peaceville International Academy aims to resolve all complaints at the earliest possible stage and is dedicated to continuing to provide the highest quality of education possible throughout the procedure. This policy has been created to deal with any complaint against a member of staff or the school as a whole, relating to any aspects of the school or the provision of facilities or services. It is designed to ensure that the school’s complaints procedure is straightforward, impartial, non-adversarial, allows a full and fair investigation, respects confidentiality, and delivers an effective response and appropriate redress.
Any person, including a member of the public, is able to make a complaint about the provision of facilities or services that the school provides. This policy outlines the procedure that the complainant and school be must follow.
Once a complaint has been made, it can be resolved or withdrawn at any stage.
The Head of School will be the first point of contact when following the complaints procedure.
First Aid Policy
Peaceville International Academy is committed to providing emergency first aid provision in order to deal with accidents and incidents affecting staff, pupils and visitors. The arrangements within this policy are based on the results of a suitable and sufficient risk assessment carried out by the school in regard to all staff, pupils and visitors.
The school will take every reasonable precaution to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all staff, pupils and visitors.
This policy aims to:
- Ensure that the school has adequate, safe and effective first aid provision for every pupil, member of staff and visitor to be well looked after in the event of any illness, accident or injury, no matter how major or minor.
- Ensure that staff and pupils are aware of the procedures in the event of any illness, accident or injury.
- Ensure that medicines are only administered at the school when express permission has been granted for this.
- Ensure that all medicines are appropriately stored.
- Promote effective infection control.
Nothing in this policy will affect the ability of any person to contact the emergency services in the event of a medical emergency.
Peaceville International Academy is a vibrant, enthusiastic, forward thinking and safe learning environment in which pupils are given every opportunity to complete a fulfilling education.
We believe that homework plays an important part in education and the benefit of doing homework must be instilled at an early age so that independent study can be achieved.
We are also aware that pupils have opportunities and experiences outside of school that are equally important in developing and enriching their lives. We will give careful consideration to ensuring homework is well-balanced across the school.
This Homework Policy was developed in consultation with staff members, parents and pupils, and with the full agreement of the governing board.
This policy aims to:
- Develop a consistent approach to homework throughout the school.
- Make sure that teaching staff, parents, and pupils are aware of their responsibilities with regards to homework.
- Ensure that parents understand what is expected of their child.
- Encourage pupils to develop the responsibility and self-discipline required for independent study.
- Embed knowledge and support pupils’ learning experiences via revision and reinforcement.
- Work with parents and involve them in their child’s learning, and to keep them informed about the work their child is undertaking.
- Use homework as a tool for raising standards of attainment.
- Extend learning beyond the classroom.
- Give pupils further practice and a deeper understanding of skills, knowledge, and concepts learned during the school day.
Teaching and Learning Policy
Peaceville International Academy is a learning community where our pupils have an entitlement to lessons where they can show independent learning, confidence, responsibility and make progress – all leading to the best outcomes for each and every individual child regardless of key stage, phase or prior attainment.
1.1 We aim to:
- ensure that all pupils, regardless of their background and learning needs, have access to the curriculum so they achieve beyond age-expected levels at more than expected levels of progress at key stages 3 and 4
- ensure that all teachers and teaching assistants (TAs) are equipped with strategies to enable pupils to acquire and develop skills needed to achieve their full potential
- ensure that teachers, TAs and pupils work together so that learning is the driving force in the classroom
- maintain the focus of literacy across the curriculum
- produce lessons that are at least good standards in all lessons
1.2 To achieve this, teachers will:
- set high expectations which inspire, motivate and challenge pupils
- promote good progress and outcomes by pupils
- demonstrate good subject and curriculum knowledge
- plan and teach well-structured lessons so that pupils are clear about what is to be learned and how they will learn
- make success criteria clear in every lesson
- adapt teaching to respond to the strengths and needs of all pupils
- make accurate and productive use of assessment so that lessons are differentiated to meet the needs of all pupils
- manage behaviour effectively to ensure a good and safe learning environment
- mark pupils’ work using the school’s marking policy, providing effective formative feedback
It is the responsibility of everyone involved in Peaceville International Academy non-examination assessment process to read, understand and implement this policy.
This policy will be reviewed every two years by the head teacher and the SLT members.
- Is committed to ensuring that internal non-examination assessments are conducted by members of teaching staff who have the appropriate knowledge, skills and understanding.
- Will ensure non-examination assessment evidence provided by candidates is produced and authenticated according to the requirements of the awarding body for the subject concerned.
- Will ensure the consistency of internal assessment will be maintained by internal moderation and standardisation.
- Will ensure all candidate work being assessed by teaching staff for external qualifications is carried out fairly, consistently and in accordance with the rules and regulations of the specification relating to the qualification.
The purpose of this policy is to provide information and ensure understanding of the functionality of a non-examination assessment in school.
Child Protection and Safe Guarding Policy
Peaceville International Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare, both physical and emotional, of every pupil, both inside and outside of the school premises. We implement a whole-school preventative approach to managing safeguarding concerns, ensuring that the wellbeing of pupils is at the forefront of all action taken.
This policy sets out a clear and consistent framework for delivering this promise, in line with safeguarding guidance.
It will be achieved by:
- Creating a culture of safer recruitment by adopting procedures that help deter, reject or identify people who might pose a risk to children.
- Teaching pupils how to keep safe and recognise behaviour that is unacceptable.
- Identifying and making provision for any pupil that has been subject to abuse.
- Ensuring that members of the governing board, the headteacher and staff members understand their responsibilities under safeguarding guidance, are alert to the signs of child abuse, and know to refer concerns to the school’s Child protection officer.
- Ensuring that the headteacher and any new staff members and volunteers are only appointed when all the appropriate checks have been satisfactorily completed.
Peaceville International Academy understands that implementing a broad and balanced curriculum is fundamental to providing pupils with the education they need to succeed in later life. At our academy, we aim to inspire pupils through our curriculum, and encourage them to seek the paths they desire for their future careers.
This policy outlines our approach to the curriculum and provides clarity on:
- The responsibilities of key members of staff.
- The organisation, delivery and implementation of the curriculum for KS3 and KS4.
- The teaching, learning and planning arrangements for the curriculum.
- The assessment arrangements for pupils in all years.
Health and Safety Policy
At Peaceville International Academy, we are committed to the health and safety of our staff, pupils and visitors. Ensuring the safety of our community is of paramount importance and this policy reflects our dedication to creating a safe learning environment.
We are committed to:
- Providing a productive and safe learning environment.
- Preventing accidents and any work-related illnesses.
- Compliance with all statutory requirements.
- Minimising risks via assessment and policy.
- Providing safe working equipment and ensuring safe working methods.
- Including all staff and representatives in health and safety decisions.
- Monitoring and reviewing our policies to ensure effectiveness.
- Setting high targets and objectives to develop the school’s culture of continuous improvement.
- Ensuring adequate welfare facilities are available throughout our school.
- Ensuring adequate resources are available to address health and safety issues, so far as is reasonably practicable.
ICT Curriculum Policy
Peaceville International Academy understands that ICT and computing are an integral part of the curriculum and that ICT skills are important beyond the classroom.
Computers are a valuable resource in school, benefitting the way pupils learn and helping teachers maximise their role as educators. In light of this, our school is committed to ensuring that both staff and pupils have access to the necessary facilities to allow them to enhance their learning experience. We believe that it is important for pupils and employees to be confident and competent users of computers, and other technological resources, to aid development across the curriculum.
Loaning School Equipment Policy
Peaceville International Academy is dedicated to providing pupils with the best education possible. We understand the key role technology plays in maximizing pupils’ access to learning, as well as making lessons more exciting and interesting. We are committed to ensuring pupils have access to the necessary facilities to carry out their work. We believe it is important for pupils to be confident and competent users of equipment and the resources they allow access to.
Staff, pupils, and parents are expected to familiarise themselves with this policy and the school’s Acceptable Agreement uses Policy before loaning any equipment. Copies of these will be made available on request.
Marking and Feedback Policy
Peaceville International Academy understands that the effective use of marking and feedback techniques can have a powerful influence on pupils’ learning and progression. Marking is a key aspect of a teacher’s responsibility and is a prominent technique for communicating with pupils – marking is part of the school’s comprehensive review of teaching, learning, assessment, and achievement. Feedback is a process that the school should ensure is consistently applied by all teaching staff, aiding with better-supporting pupils’ learning.
This policy aims to ensure that marking and feedback:
- Informs pupils about what they have done well and highlights areas of improvement.
- Supports pupils’ confidence in learning, contributing to accelerated learning.
- Supports teachers’ assessment knowledge for each pupil, to plan and establish effective next steps in their academic progression.
- Develops reliable processes in the school, which equally balance the need to provide marking and feedback and where it is appropriate to provide it.