Managing Student Behaviour during the 6-week Probation Period

 

When you enrol at the college, you will begin your 6 week probation period.

 

During this probation period, you may be asked to leave the College, immediately, if your behaviour shows that you are unsuitable for the college or the college is unsuitable for you.. 

The College's behaviour expectations are explained in the WestKing Student Behaviour Charter. It is your responsibility to read and understand this Charter. The Charter explains how you should behave when you are in and out of the College.

If you are finding it difficult to manage your behaviour, you will be given appropriate guidance and support throughout this 6-week period. If you do not make the required improvements, the College has the right to cancel your enrolment at any time. 

After the 6-week probationary period, if you do not meet the College's behaviour expectations, you will be taken through the Stages of the Behaviour Management Procedure. 

Behaviour Management Procedure

What happens if you are asked to leave the college during the 6-week probation period

If your learner contract is cancelled during the 6-week probation period and you are 18 years and above, you will be notified in writing by the College. You will be required to return your Student ID and any equipment that has been loaned to you. 

 

If you are under 18 or have waived your data protection rights, the above will apply and your parents or carers will also be notified in writing.

The Careers and Employability Team will work with you to find alternative provision.

STAGES IN THE BEHAVIOUR MANAGEMENT PROCEDURE

The Stages in the Behaviour Management Procedure are divided into 2 sections - Informal and Formal

Informal Stage

At this stage, poor student behaviour and under-performance are handled informally. This means that you will meet with your tutor and/or another member of staff. This person will explain the College's concerns and give examples.

 

You will be given the opportunity to give an explanation and to discuss any issues you may be facing in or outside college.  

Together, you will discuss and agree any improvement targets and actions for you to achieve these targets. These targets will be monitored and reviewed.  

If you fail to achieve the improvement targets without good reason, you will be required to follow the Formal Stages in the Behaviour Management Procedure.

 

FORMAL STAGES IN THE BEHAVIOUR MANAGEMENT PROCEDURE

Stage 1 – An official warning will be recorded on your student record. You will agree a series of improvement targets and actions. If these are not met, you will move to Stage 2. If you are under 18 or have waived your data protection rights, your parents or carers will be contacted.

 

Stage 2 - A written warning will be sent to you by email and post. You and, if you are under 18 years of age or have waived your data protection rights, your parents or carers will be invited to attend a formal Behaviour Management Meeting. 

 

Stage 3 – A Behaviour Management Hearing will be held if the College's concerns have not been resolved at Stages 1 & 2. Exclusion from the College is one possible outcome of a Behaviour Management Hearing. You and, if you are under 18 years of age or have waived your data protection rights, your parents or carers will be invited to attend a formal Behaviour Management Hearing. 

 

MOVING DIRECTLY TO STAGE 2 OR STAGE 3

Please note that:

Possible cases of misconduct can go straight to Stage 2

Possible cases of gross misconduct, should proceed straight to Stage 3

Each of the Formal stages is described in greater detail in the Learner Behaviour Management Procedure.