Behaviour Policy

Outcomes Focused, Child Centred
Northern Education Trust

Behaviour Policy

Outcomes Focused, Child Centred
Northern Education Trust

NET Expectations for Learning

The ideology of the Northern Education Trust is one of inclusivity. We wish to see success for all young people. This policy is unique to our Trust and is the result of constant review following a pilot of a behaviour policy over the past 12 months. We believe it ensures that expectations remain high whilst also understanding that one size does not fit all and that some young people require both adjustment and significant wrap-around care. We aspire to work extremely closely with Parents, Local Authorities and other partners to remove the barriers to meeting expectations that some young people face. It also defines our expectations for the strong relationships and mutual respect between individuals that permeate our schools

High standards of behaviour are vital in ensuring that teachers can teach, and children can learn. Having high expectations is also pivotal in ensuring that young people feel safe in school. Attention to small details such as uniform allow conversations to be focused upon learning.

Our Expectations for Learning policy in classrooms is progressive and fair. It aims to remind students for the need to focus on learning and ensures that they are rewarded when they do so. Likewise, it ensures that students understand that negative behaviours, if repeated, will result in a sanction.

Our anonymous surveys indicate that the overwhelming number of students feel safer in our schools than they did previously. They report less disruption, calmer corridors and less bullying. They rightly believe that leaders in our schools care about them and want them to do well.

We require that teachers apply the classroom system consistently and fairly. There are, however, a very small minority of students for whom this system may not by itself engage them in learning. This is true of all behaviour systems. The reasons for this can be complex. There may for example be issues related to SEND that rightly need adjustment to be made and significant intervention. There are also issues of mental health which will sometimes require a different approach as part of a wider Pastoral Support Plan.

This year the Trust has made significant investment to begin to introduce its Personalised Learning Centres at our schools. These facilities with trained staff will allow us work even more closely with young people, parents and outside agencies. We will put in place a bespoke plan tailored to each child with the ultimate aim of giving children the care they need and the ambition to keep children where they belong – in mainstream education. Where possible we will avoid the use of permanent exclusion.

This policy and its implementation will work in tandem with our STEPS system, our weekly inclusion meetings, vulnerable students register and SEND provision map to take a holistic approach to supporting all young people in line with our vision of being outcomes focused and child centred.

Please click below to download the full NET Expectations for learning policy ->


Behaviour Policy – transitional period

As previously communicated, we want all our conversations, wherever possible, to centre on learning and not on the things that ‘just get in the way’. Therefore, as we continue with our ambitions, the Academy Council at NET Kirk Balk Academy agreed to adopt the Northern Education Trust Behaviour Policy.

This is a common framework which is being implemented in all Northern Education Trust Academies, of which we are one. Many of the foundations of this new policy were undistinguishable from our previous position. For example, the rules regarding uniform, make-up, footwear and mobile phones are identical; as are many other things.

The Kirk Balk Academy Council adopted the NET stance on:

  • Punctuality and readiness to learn
  • Equipment needed for school
  • The Uniform
  • Rewards
  • What happens if a student refuses a ‘reasonable request’
  • The approach to Fixed-Term Exclusions (FTE)
  • The approach to Permanent Exclusions (PEX)
  • The use of partial timetables
  • The provision of education for students excluded for a period exceeding 5 days
  • Screening, searching and confiscation
  • Use of reasonable force
  • Discipline beyond the Academy gate
  • The role of the Behaviour Committees of the Academy Council
  • Independent Review Panels
  • How we work with the Police
  • Making reasonable adjustments

In terms of the Behaviour Management System the academy will roll out ‘NET The Expectations for learning system’ to year groups over the course of the 2018-19 academic year. The first year group to move to the new system was year 9 in the Autumn term of 2018. Other year groups will follow over the coming months.

Parents, carers and students are asked to note that any year groups not yet transferred over to the new ‘NET Expectations for learning policy’ will remain following the EL behaviour system for in class behaviours only. All other aspects of the NET policy will apply across the academy.

Details of this behaviour system can be found in the link below:



Kirk Balk Academy is a member of the Northern Education Trust.
We constantly focus on standards as we understand outcomes are paramount. Our decision making is driven entirely by what is best for children. By doing this we enhance the life chances of the children and young people in our care.