Behaviour for Learning Policy | The Arbor School, Dubai

Behaviour for Learning Policy


The Arbor School has a positive behaviour framework with a clear rationale so that optimum learning, teaching and progress can take place when behaviour is positive and when inappropriate behaviour is well managed.

We believe that the overwhelming majority of our students want to learn, achieve well and enjoy their school life at the Arbor School. They value praise and like being rewarded for their hard work. Behaviour for learning is essential if we are to help our students achieve their best.

The underlying ethos of the behaviour for learning policy is to reward the overwhelming majority so that the minority who misbehave will learn to change their behaviour. For that minority there is a range of sanctions available to help adapt their behaviour, so that they do not further disrupt the learning of others.

Aims and Objectives

At the Arbor School, it is our aim to ensure that everyone has the right to be able to work and learn in a positive, supportive and safe environment. The following statements outline our core expectations;

  • Everyone is to be treated with fairness and respect
  • They are valued
  • They are safe from physical or verbal threat or attack
  • Their opinions are listened to
  • They are able to reach their potential
  • And most importantly, they are happy to be part of the Arbor School community

The ‘Arbor’ Way
Students at Arbor are expected to demonstrate hard work and effort in all that they do. They are proactive in their learning, resilient when faced with a challenge and collaborative in solving problems. Arbor students are exceptionally caring, with a highly acute sense of compassion for others. They are passionate about the world around us and act with integrity and ingenuity when striving for a sustainable future.

Our Expectations of Students

  • To behave appropriately at all times
  • To show respect for people and property
  • To conform to school uniform requirements
  • To arrive to class punctually and prepared
  • To participate actively in learning and allow others to do the same• To complete homework on time and to a good standard
  • To have a positive attitude
  • To be responsible and honest
  • To strive for school unity
  • To lead by example.

Golden Rules for the Classroom

  • Follow instructions and treat everyone with respect
  • Enter the classroom in an orderly manner
  • Have all the things you need to learn
  • Put a hand up to ask a question and wait to be asked to speak by the teacher. There should be no calling out• Do not pack away until instructed to do so at the end of a lesson
  • Ensure that the room is clear of litter and respect the facilities we have at school
  • Try your best.

What Students can expect from us

  • A professional teaching staff who set a good example in terms of professional knowledge, general behaviour and standards of dress.
  • School policies and procedures will be applied fairly and consistently.
  • Staff are available to listen, counsel or provide information on academic or pastoral matters at any time.

Encouragement of Positive Behaviour

The school has developed strategies that encourage positive behaviours. These strategies include, but not limited to:

House Points
Stars of the Week
Termly Subject awards
House points shall be awarded for;

  • An excellent piece of homework
  • Demonstrating a superb effort in class which constitutes excellent efforts to classroom discussion as well as written work and
  • A social act of kindness, or the like, that deserves to be recognised and encouraged.

Teachers are also encouraged to recognise achievement within their classes continually through certificates etc., but also have a prize giving assembly each term.

Overall the purpose of the house point system will be to encourage and recognise outstanding effort in all areas of school life and provide evidence for future schools or employers of the nature and qualities of the student. Awards and house points will be given with care by teachers and will reflect only instances of excellent achievement, and therefore by their nature will be difficult to attain, as to preserve their importance and not devalue the system.

Censure of inappropriate behaviour

The school LMS monitors student behaviour and achievement. It is an essential part of the school’s effort to record anddeal with incidents, and of the teacher’s ability to spot trends in behaviour. Staff are encouraged to deal with behavioural issues as and when they arise, but can seek guidance and support whenever needed.

Our school’s code of conduct aims to achieve a positive atmosphere in which more time is spent on teaching andlearning. We recognise that the school has a critical role to play in developing self-discipline in students. We aim to establish acceptable patterns of behaviour and to encourage students to develop a sense of responsibility, self-respect, and a respect for other people, property and the environment.

It is essential for parents and school to work in partnership so that the values encouraged by home and school are mutually reinforced.

Inappropriate behaviour and consequences
Each incident will be dealt with on an individual basis. The following table is not exhaustive, but serves as a useful indication of the types of behaviour considered inappropriate, and the possible consequences. The student planner provides specific details of consequences at both the Primary and Secondary level.

Monitoring Behaviour

If poor behaviours become more regular in their frequency, or if a particular offence is severe enough, the leadership team may deem that a report card is necessary for a fixed period of time.

Separately, some students have specific targets, which have been suggested by a member of staff, which are then recorded upon a SMART card that is carried with them during their academic day. Staff should sign the card if the student has fulfilled his or her target during that lesson. They will then hand this to the monitoring staff member, who will decide upon whether the student has progressed from either bronze to silver or silver to gold, or needs to repeat that target. The school shall explore online systems, if available.

The SMART card can also be used to help fulfill an IEP. An IEP can be written for students who have been admitted into TAS with prior identification of any SEN, or they can be written by school leadership for students who have been identified through a half termly audit by all staff. All copies of relevant documents are kept upon the system.

Overall Disciplinary Ethos

The school will follow the ethos of assertive discipline through therapeutic behavioural management techniques. All staff will undertake training which will discuss and teach these methods.