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‘The EDA Way’ is the way we do things at Erasmus Darwin Academy.
At EDA we recognise our students for the right behaviour choices they make and we take action to remind them of the consequences of any wrong choices. EDA staff will always challenge poor choices, however small, because we want to make our students better people. We have high expectations of our students because we want to empower students to be successful in their future life.
EDA is built upon mutual respect. We expect students to say ‘Sir’ and ‘Miss’ to teachers. We say ‘thank you’, ‘excuse me’, ‘please’ and smile when we greet people, both inside and outside school.
Within the Erasmus Darwin Academy community, everyone is expected to exemplify our academy values in everything they do. To support this, the academy has three rules:
- Be Ready
- Be Respectful
- Be Safe
Attend school every day possible and arrive on time.
Bring all the basic equipment needed for the day.
Wear the correct uniform in the correct way, every day.
Be punctual for everything.
Accept that learning is a challenge and will not always be easy.
Have a thirst for learning.
Follow staff instructions first time and at all times.
Behave respectfully to others.
Be considerate to others.
Be polite and courteous.
Allow others to learn.
Do not make other people’s lives difficult or unpleasant.
Play an active and positive part in all aspects of school life.
Accept and celebrate the differences within the academy community.
Always act in a way that will not cause danger to others.
Never verbally or physically abuse someone else.
Do not bring any illegal, offensive, dangerous or forbidden items into school.
As a minimum, students are expected to provide the following equipment each day:
- Pencil Case
- Two black pens
- Scientific Calculator
- Reading Book
- Pencil Sharpener
Our Academy Values follow the Olympic and Paralympic values. Students will exemplify these values at all times as it will enable them to progress and experience success in all aspects of academy life:
Excellence: To be the best you can be.
Respect: To understand others and their cultures.
Friendship: To help people in all circumstances.
Equality: To treat others how you would like to be treated.
Determination: To try and try again when things go wrong.
Courage: To carry on when the going gets tough.
Inspiration: To follow in the footsteps of our role models.
The EDA Steps
We ALWAYS follow the S.T.E.P.S approach in our daily interactions. S.T.E.P.s stands for:
- Sir or Miss – every time
- Thank you – every time
- Excuse me – every time
- Please – every time
- Smile – every time
Sir or Miss
Students always refer to teachers as ‘Sir’ or ‘Miss’. Students never forget to say ‘Sir’ or ‘Miss’ at the end of their sentences. The ‘Sir’ or ‘Miss’ at the end of a sentence is like a full stop. Teachers will remind students when they forget the EDA full stop.
Students always say thank you for every act of kindness however large or small. In school we hold doors open for one another, let people pass in front of us, help people pick things up and are polite to all visitors. We say ‘Thank you’ to others when they do these things for us. EDA is built upon teachers and students treating each other with respect.
We never push past or interrupt people. If we want to get past, we say ‘Excuse me’ very politely. Then we wait patiently if necessary. If we want to talk to somebody, a teacher for example, we say, ‘Excuse me Miss/Sir?’ We are especially polite and respectful in corridors. We are polite to everyone. There are no exceptions. EDA is built on mutual respect.
We say ‘Please’ every time we ask something of others. EDA students and teachers show an attitude of gratitude every day and in every interaction they have.
We always smile. We are polite and welcoming. When we greet somebody we smile and when a teacher says hello to us in the corridor we reply with an upbeat, ‘Hello Miss’ or ‘Morning Sir’ and we smile. We shake hands too, especially when being congratulated for achievements. We are professional. When we go for interviews, whether that’s for college, for university, for jobs, people are immediately struck by our firm hand shake, our good eye, the way we smile, the way we project and the way we articulate.
Students are not allowed mobile phones or any other form of electronic device at the academy. If a student’s mobile phone is seen or heard anywhere on the school site, it will be immediately confiscated.
- Upon the first confiscation, students will collect the phone at the end of the school day.
- Upon the second confiscation, parent/carer will have to collect the phone from the academy on behalf of the student.
- Subsequent confiscations of the mobile phone will also need to be collected by the parent/ carer.
By attending EDA students agree to abide by all of our rules. Families should ensure that any electronic devices, including mobile phones, are left at home. If they are bought into school, they must be turned off and out of view. This is the only certain way to avoid any risk of confiscation.
We take pride and have the highest standards at our academy and we believe it is important that our students reflects this in their appearance as they go about their studies. Our uniform is aimed at giving students a professional and purposeful outlook, reducing bullying by removing expensive branded items, and giving a sense of community and belonging. Our uniform consists of:
- Academy Blazer with embroidered logo*
- Academy Clip-on Tie*
- Plain formal white shirt to be tucked into the skirt/trousers.
- Plain black tailored trousers.
- Academy skirt with logo* worn with plain black opaque or flesh coloured tights
- Academy Black V-neck Sweater with embroidered logo (optional)*
- Plain black leather or synthetic leather shoes (unbranded)
- Optional black belt
*Denotes items that must be sourced from Uniform Suppliers
Jean-style, denim or corduroy trousers are not permitted.
The sweater is optional and will be available in a full-sleeved and a sleeveless version. It can be worn with the blazer but not instead of the blazer. No visibly branded footwear, trainers, pumps, canvas shoes or boots are permitted. Heels must be less than 5cm. No other heels are allowed. Belts must fit within the belt loops of the trousers/skirt; max 5cm in width with a plain buckle.
Every student is expected to get changed for PE even if they cannot participate fully in the practical aspects (for example through illness or injury) as they are still required to access the learning that is taking place. It is advised to label the PE kit with the student’s name. Jewellery must not be worn during PE lessons as it poses a health and safety risk. Students with long hair must ensure this is tied up.
Our PE uniform consists of:
- Academy Polo Shirt with embroidered logo*
- Academy Sports Shirt with embroidered logo*
- Academy sports socks with school name*
- Plain black shorts or plain black ‘skort’
- Shin pads
- Gum shield
- Academy PE Hoodie* (for use in PE lessons ONLY).
- Studded football/rugby boots
*Denotes items that must be sourced from Uniform Suppliers
- A watch.
- One pair of small ear studs in the outer edge of the ear.
- No other jewellery is permitted.
- A small amount of discreet make up in natural colours – the academy may ask students to remove any make up staff consider inappropriate.
- Nails of a safe length for PE activities.
- Nude nail varnish or French manicure – nail or eyelash extensions are not permitted.
- Hair should be kept neat and tidy and any hair accessories should be small.
Students that have any other visible piercings or retainers are expected to remove these for the school day.
Extreme hairstyles (such as shaved emblems or lines, unnatural colour dyes, or extreme differences in length) are not allowed.
If parents or students are unsure whether a hairstyle or piercing meets our uniform guide, please contact the academy for guidance before any treatment.
To ensure the highest standards of uniform both within and between lessons and to ensure the highest standards of behaviour between lessons and during social time.
● Between lessons and whilst moving around the school, staff give students a ‘strike’ if they see them displaying any of the behaviour or uniform infringements listed below.
● Staff will inform the student they have been given a strike.
● 5 strikes = 30 minute after-school detention with a member of the Leadership Team.
- Top button undone
- Shirt untucked
- Sleeves rolled up
- No tie
- No blazer
- Not following one-way system
- Not meeting behaviour expectations between lessons
- Loitering between lessons
- Planner not signed
- Lack of required equipment (tutor only)
- Chewing gum
Behaviour in the Classroom
At the start of lessons:
When a teacher is in the classroom students will:
- Walk in calmly and quietly and go straight to their assigned seat and remove outdoor clothing.
- Place their planner, knowledge organisers and equipment on the desk.
- Sit down and begin the ‘Learning Starts in 60 seconds’ task.
In every lesson, we have the following expectations of all students:
- Attends lessons with appropriate equipment.
- Sits ups straight, listens attentively and tracks the teacher.
- Completes work to the best of ability at all times.
- Asks and answers questions during lessons.
- Follows instructions first time, every time.
- Never interrupts learning.
- Be silent when a teacher counts ‘3…2…1’
At the academy, ‘learning starts in 60 seconds’
When students are in lessons, they will begin their learning within 1 minute of being seated because we want to maximise every opportunity for learning. Activities will include a recap of prior learning with some factual recall or low stakes test. At the start of period 5, all students are expected to read.
At the end of lessons students are expected to:
1. Remain seated until instructed otherwise.
2. Pack all personal belongings into bags.
3. Stand behind their chair in silence when invited to do so from the teacher.
4. Walk out calmly and quietly when the teacher dismisses them.
Behaviour on the Corridors
Students make their way quickly and efficiently between lessons using the one-way system. If there is a queue of students, they are expected to wait politely until they can enter the building. Any dangerous pushing and shoving will result in a sanction. Students should walk between lessons in a calm and orderly fashion and should not stop to talk to other students. Being punctual is a good habit, students need to arrive at their next lesson punctually and ready to learn. Students will be issued with a strike should they be unnecessarily late to a lesson.
Use of the Toilets
Students should never go to the toilet in lesson time. The toilets are open before lessons and at break times. Students should not go to the toilets in the last five minutes of break to ensure they do not miss a single second of lesson time. Cubicles are designed for single student use only. Should multiple students be found in a single cubicle a strike will be issued. Any incidents of bullying will be dealt with severely.
Behaviour in the Canteen
At EDA we have a canteen which can be used to purchase food and drink during social times. Students must use the bag racks outside. Bags are not allowed in the canteen. All students enter the canteen via the appropriate door. Students are expected to line up sensibly and wait to be invited into the canteen. Students must join the queue at the back and not push in. Students then show cards to the teacher or prefect on the door. If purchasing food, students must always use a tray and once seated are expected to remove coats and eat civilly. As soon as students have finished eating they must clear up by tucking in chairs in and taking trays, cutlery and rubbish to the waste stations. Poor canteen behaviour will result in sanctions should students fail to meet these expectations.
Behaviour at Social Times
During social time, students must act in a calm and sensible manner. They will use the designated outdoor areas that are supervised by duty staff. Students should not walk around the school building during social time or congregate in the school building.
Behaviour Outside of school
Even when students are outside of school, students must remember that they still represent EDA. Therefore, students should think about how their actions reflect on them and the academy. Students may receive sanctions for any behaviour outside school that affects their education, harms others or brings the academy into disrepute. When students are in EDA uniform they are representing EDA. If staff are made aware of disrespectful behaviour outside of the academy, the students concerned will be sanctioned. The EDA S.T.E.P.S. should be used outside and inside the academy. Students must be especially polite to shopkeepers, bus drivers, parents and other members of the local community.
Behaviour to ensure you are ready for the next day
As soon as students finish school they should go straight home. Once at home students should get changed and hang uniforms in the same place every night so nothing is forgotten the next day. This includes ties, shoes and student cards. If students come to school in the wrong uniform, they will need to provide a note from parents/carers to explain why and obtain a uniform pass from tutors. This is the responsibility of the student.
Behaviour on the School Bus
At EDA a bus service is provided for those students who live further away. Those students who use this service need to adhere to the following rules:
- Board the bus without touching other students.
- Quickly find a seat, sit down and fasten seatbelts.
- Be kind to all students and drivers at all times.
- Do not remove seatbelts until necessary.
- Remain seated throughout the entire journey time.
- Do not litter on the bus.
Students need to be aware that using the bus is a privilege and bus passes will be removed if behaviour does not meet our expectations.
Homework takes priority over any hobbies. When doing homework, students should keep away from their phones or any computers that might distract them. It is recommended that students find a quiet place to work where they can concentrate. Once homework is completed, equipment and homework should be packed in to school bags. Students must check pencil cases to make sure all basic equipment, including their student card, is present. Students should also check timetables to ensure everything needed for the next day is present (for example PE kit). Bags should be placed next to uniforms to avoid forgetting anything. Excuses such as ‘I forget’ or ‘I slept in’ will not be accepted. It is important students get a good night’s sleep and have enough rest to properly study at school. As a guide students should be asleep by 9.30pm at the latest as around nine hours of uninterrupted sleep every night is ideal. It is much harder to learn effectively if students have not had enough sleep. It is advised that phones or computers should be kept away from beds to avoid disruption.dw
The Internet and social media
Social media and messaging platforms can be dangerous places for young people, even when interacting with their friends and peers. Students need to adhere to the age restrictions set by social media sites. We advise students not to use these sites. Should parents choose to allow use of these sites, students should be polite and kind online, just the same as when in school. If students are bullying, rude or disrespectful online, students may be sanctioned in the same way as if it had taken place in school. Students are advised to think about how much time they spend online and whether they could make better use of their time.
Behaviour and Recognition
Students will receive rewards and recognition for good behaviour, for working well and for achieving in their lessons, as part of our Olympic Rewards system. Students who do not follow the rules will have the opportunity to correct their behaviour via our Behaviour for Learning policy. Teachers at EDA are well skilled and will apply a range of strategies to get students back on task. However, should this continue, sanctions will be issued which will range from strikes, detentions, isolation and exclusion. Isolation means that students will be set work and supervised away from their classmates. For serious breaches of the rules students may be excluded from school. Students can avoid these actions by arriving on time to school and to lessons, by wearing the proper uniform, by meeting our expectations and working well. Parents can support students by ensuring they have everything they need and supporting their school and their teachers.
Sickness and Absence
Parents should use their common sense when deciding whether their child is too ill to attend school. It may be helpful for parents to consider the following questions:
- Is my child too ill to undertake the activities of the school day?
- Does my child have a more serious condition that could be passed on to other children or staff? For example: scarlet fever, chicken pox. Children can normally attend if they are suffering from a common cold or headache.
- Would I take a day off work if I had this illness? If the answer to the questions is yes, it might be worth considering keeping a child at home.
Vomiting and diarrhoea
In respects of bouts of vomiting and diarrhoea, we suggest parents to consider whether the illness is viral or a contagious illness. If contagious, we advise that parents keep their child at home in line with medical professional advice or until they are symptom free and well enough to attend. We would always recommend that parents consult a medical professional with individual concerns or queries.
Illness during the school day
Teachers will assess whether students are well enough to take part in lessons. Staff will make a professional judgement as to whether a student is genuinely unwell. Parents/carers can help by making the school aware of any professionally diagnosed medical conditions.
If staff make the judgement call that students are well enough to remain in the class until the end of the lesson, students must sit quietly and attempt their work. Students will be encouraged to stay in school until the end of the day due to the importance of school attendance and of developing personal qualities such as resilience and determination.
Where students are genuinely unwell, the school will make arrangements for their care and will contact parents/carers. If students feel ill during break/lunch time or if a teacher feels that they are genuinely too unwell to remain in the lesson they should seek help and support from the Attendance and Engagement Manager (Ms Aldridge).
Attendance expectations including arrival to school times
Arriving to school and lessons on time is of upmost importance. School starts at 8.40am every day. Students need to be in school by 8.35am at the latest so that they can start their day promptly. Students who arrive late for no authorised reason are ofte n disadvantaged because they miss starting the day with their peers and/or the beginning of lessons. This means that they are often unsettled, can miss vital information and can be confused about tasks. Their tutor or teacher will not always have the opportunity to re-explain things immediately. We feel it is also very important that students establish good routines and habits in preparation for the rest of their life. Punctuality is a life skill that students need to develop whilst they are young.