Suspension and Exclusion Policy
The Man In The Moon will deal with negative and inappropriate behaviour by using constructive behaviour management techniques. We will involve crew members, parents and children to tackle disruptive and challenging behaviour collectively.
We acknowledge that some children will require additional support in order to achieve acceptable levels of behaviour. Where we identify a child with these needs, we will work closely with the parents/carers to deal with the inappropriate behaviour in accordance with our Behaviour Management Policy.
Where a child persistently behaves inappropriately, we will implement the following procedure:
Give the child a formal warning; crew members will explain why the behaviour is unacceptable along with the consequences of further incidents.
Crew members will encourage the child to discuss their behaviour, to explain their actions and to identify strategies for avoiding such incidents in the future.
Details of formal warnings, suspensions and exclusions will be recorded in an Incident Log and kept in the child's records.
The formal warning will be discussed with the child's parents/carers, and all crew members will be notified.
If the behaviour does not improve, this may warrant suspension or exclusion.
We will only suspend or exclude a child as a last resort, when all other behaviour management strategies have failed or if we feel that children or crew members are at risk.
Suspensions and exclusions will be fair, consistent and appropriate to the behaviour concerned, and will take account of the child's age and maturity as well as any other factors relevant to the child's situation.
Temporary suspensions will be applied in the following situations:
Where formal warnings have failed to improve a child's persistent, challenging and unacceptable behaviour.
In the event of an extremely serious or dangerous incident, we will suspend a child with immediate effect. We will contact the parents/carers and ask that the child be collected immediately.
We may temporarily suspend the child for a period. If we take this step, we will discuss our concerns with the parents/carers in order to work together to promote a more desirable pattern of behaviour.
At the end of the suspension period, we will meet with the parents/carers and the child, in order to agree any conditions relating to the child's return.
In exceptional circumstances, and only when all other attempts at behaviour management have failed, it may be necessary to permanently exclude a child.
If a child is excluded, the parents/carers will be given a verbal and written explanation of the issues and subsequent actions. The parent/carer has the right to appeal within 14 days of receiving written notification of the exclusion.
Adopted: 7 May 2020
Review Period: 24 months