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Behaviour for Learning Policy

Co-op Academy North Manchester

Behaviour for Learning Policy

Policy details


At Co-op Academy North Manchester we believe that good behaviour in school is central to a good education. Our behaviour policy is based upon an ethos that generates a positive environment for those who work and learn within it. Central to this ethos are the elements of choices, chances and consequences.

The Behaviour for Learning Policy aims to provide all pupils regardless of gender identity, religion, disability, belief, ethnicity, neurodiversity, and or sexuality, outstanding pastoral care.

At Co-op Academy North Manchester all of our pupils are expected to behave in a way that creates an environment where:

  • staff can teach to the highest standard
  • pupils can learn, thrive and achieve to their maximum potential
  • all members of the academy community can work in a safe place
  • staff , pupils, parents/carers, governors and visitors can enjoy and be proud of their association with Co-op Academy North Manchester
  • they make a positive contribution to the academy, the community and the wider world

The positive behaviour management of our young people is most effective when a true partnership exists between the academy and home. Together we can make Co-op Academy North Manchester extremely successful, an academy which we are all proud to belong to and an academy where visitors enjoy coming. Pupils who consistently uphold the academy rules and are role models for other pupils will be rewarded through the academy reward system.

The following behaviour policy applies to pupils within core academy hours, during pre and post academy activities on academy trips or visits, in transit to and from the academy and at any time where an issue within the community impacts on academy life. In the event that the academy has any safeguarding concerns regarding your child appropriate agencies will be informed and relevant information shared. Please see our Safeguarding Policy for more details.

Academy aims

The academy aims to:

  • Foster an environment which encourages, reinforces and supports good behaviour
  • Promote behaviour which is calm, considerate and co-operative
  • Induct and reinduct our pupils into our behaviour systems, rules and routines.
  • Promote care and respect for the school environment
  • Outline clearly what are acceptable standards of behaviour
  • Promote among pupils, self-discipline and proper regard for authority
  • Prevent all forms of bullying (including cyber-bullying, prejudice-based and discriminatory bullying)
  • Ensure a consistent approach in responding to positive and negative behaviour
  • Promote respect, commitment and trust for others (inside and outside of the academy)
  • Promote self-esteem, self-discipline, care, courtesy, honesty and positive relationships
  • Ensure that the academy’s expectations of behaviour are clear and understood by governors, stakeholders, teachers, pupils and parents/carers
  • Encourage a whole academy and home involvement approach in the implementation of this policy
  • Ensure there is fair treatment for all regardless of age, gender, race, ability and disability

To enable a clear and consistent agreed approach towards successful behaviour, all pupils have the responsibility to ensure that they understand what is expected of them, behave appropriately and fully understand the consequences and rewards resulting from the choices they make.

Wherever possible, pupils will be given the opportunity to make positive choices so they can take responsibility for their own behaviour (see below).

Role and responsibilities

The Academy Governing Council

The Governing body is responsible for monitoring this Behaviour for Learning policy’s effectiveness and holding the Principal to account for its implementation.

The Principal

The Principal is responsible for reviewing and approving this Behaviour for Learning policy. The Principal will ensure the school environment encourages positive behaviour and that staff deal effectively with poor behaviour, and will monitor how staff implement this policy to ensure rewards and sanctions are applied consistently.

School leadership team

Senior Leadership Team will:

  • Be highly visible around the academy
  • Engaging with pupils, parents and staff on setting and maintaining the behaviour culture and an environment where everyone feels safe at the academy.
  • Support staff to understand the behavioural expectations and the maintenance of them.
  • Make sure that new staff are inducted into the academy’s behaviour culture and understand how best to support all pupils to participate in the culture of the academy.

All staff

Staff are responsible for:

  • Implementing the Behaviour for Learning policy consistently.
  • Teaching and modelling expected behaviour and positive relationships
  • Challenging pupils to meet the academy expectations and maintain the boundaries of acceptable conduct.
  • Communicating the school expectations, routines, values and standards both explicitly through teaching behaviour and in every interaction with pupils.
  • Reporting any concerns they may have about a pupil's welfare/safety to the academy safeguarding team.
  • Providing a personalised approach to the specific behavioural needs of particular pupils.
  • Recording behaviour incidents on Arbor.
  • The academy senior leadership team (SLT) and pupils work closely with teaching and associate staff in responding to behaviour incidents.
  • Engaging in staff induction and continued professional development of behaviour management strategies responding to any reports of bullying/child on child abuse and act swiftly in line with the academy anti-bullying policy.
  • Keep parents updated about their child’s behaviour, encouraging parents to celebrate successes
  • Providing suitable forums for parents to learn about the school’s policies and procedures.


All pupils deserve to learn in an environment that is safe, calm and supportive where they are treated with dignity. All pupils will be taught about the academy expectations,the pastoral support offer and the consequence processes at Coop Academy North Manchester.

Pupils will be taught that they have a duty to follow the policy and uphold the school rules and should contribute to the school culture.

All new pupils will be taught about the behaviour expectations, pastoral processes and the wider culture of the academy.  pupils who arrive mid-term will be taught all of this as part of their induction upon arrival and this will be reinforced throughout the academic year.


Parents are expected to:

  • Support their child in adhering to our ‘Home / School Agreement’.
  • Build positive relationships with staff at the academy
  • Inform the school of any changes in circumstances that may affect their child’s behaviour.
  • Discuss any behavioural concerns with the Pastoral Managers or Safeguarding Team.

Academy behaviour curriculum

Positive behaviours are expected at Co-op Academy North Manchester. These positive behaviours reflect our values of respect, commitment and trust will be visible in all areas of our academy life. Pupils are taught these behaviours as part of their Personal Development to ensure they know what behaviour we expect, encourage and prohibit.

At Co-op Academy North Manchester we want our pupils to live happy and successful lives and we believe that teaching them fundamental rules, routines and positive ways of being are key to improve their chances of success. Routines will be introduced, taught and reinforced to promote the values of our academy, positive behavioural norms and certainty on the consequences of unacceptable behaviour.

The concept behind positive behaviours for learning

As individuals we all choose how to act. However, it is important that we all recognise that for every choice or action there is a consequence. A consequence is an outcome that arises as a direct result of the way we act.

At Co-op Academy North Manchester, consequences are issued by staff, not punishments. Pupils are in control of their own actions and if they have chosen to act in a certain way these actions will be the catalyst for the consequence to be given. Consequences are issued in relation to a pupil’s actions.

Codes of conduct

To ensure every member of the learning community is clear about expected behaviour in the academy environment and in different learning spaces there need to be clear codes of conduct. These should be visible/accessible to all pupils and staff and explained in terms that they understand.

Where pupils experience behavioural difficulties or have communication difficulties it is recognised that acceptable behaviours may have to be explicitly modelled and taught. Some pupils will need support to achieve acceptable behaviour and it is recognised that some behaviours may not be achievable for all pupils. The Inclusion Board meets weekly to discuss individual pupils and ensure that they have the appropriate in place to support their attitudes to learning. In all cases every pupil should be clear about what is appropriate behaviour for them.

Making the right choice

Rewards will be used to encourage and reward good behaviour and sanctions will be applied in cases of unacceptable or inappropriate behaviour. These will be recorded by staff on Arbor.

If there are instances of inappropriate behaviour, pupils will always be warned about the consequences of their choices to either continue or take an alternative course of action (which may need to be clearly explained). This will allow pupils to make an informed choice.

Pupil rewards / recognition

Co-op Academy North Manchester believes that positive reinforcement of excellent attitudes to learning and rewarding success are essential tools for managing behaviour in the Academy. Praise should be used much more than warnings. Opportunities for praise should be actively sought by all staff, both teaching and associate, in order to ensure that positive messages and meaningful rewards are at the heart of our academy. These also reinforce our academy’s vision and values.

At Co-op Academy North Manchester all staff will maintain a consistent approach towards rewarding pupils. By praising pupils and recognising their achievements others will be encouraged to act similarly. Positive points will be given in all areas of the academy, both pastorally and through the curriculum, recognising a pupil’s attitude to learning and commitment to the academy visions and values.

Many rewards are given to pupils through positive logs on Arbor. Rewards are issued for displaying positive behaviours for learning, demonstrating the academy values of Respect, Commitment and Trust and display the Ways Of Being Co-op:

  • Succeed together
  • Be yourself, always
  • Do what matters most  
  • Show you care

We also reward attendance at extra-curricular activities, as well as showing a positive attitude to learning and making excellent progress in lessons. Great emphasis is placed on the completion of classwork and homework available for pupils completing work outside of the classroom to the best of their ability. All positive behaviours logged on Class Charts are converted into spendable points in the Rewards Shop where pupils can purchase gifts, tokens and vouchers with the points that they have accumulated. (See Rewards Grid in Appendices)

pupils can be rewarded by any member of academy staff, visitors to the academy and by their peers. Rewards are presented in the form of:

  • In class praise
  • Arbor points
  • Invitation to a 5 -a-day breakfast with the senior leadership team
  • MUFC Awards
  • Subject/Ways of Being Postcards
  • Family awards (star of the week, attendance)
  • Year group team recognition (SLT and Pastoral Managers)
  • Excellence award (Principal’s award)
  • Ways of being celebrations
  • Showcase evenings
  • Certificates
  • Rewards Trips/treats/vouchers  
  • Recognition for additional responsibilities e.g. prefect/leader
  • Positive texts, letters and phone calls home
  • Recognition in the newsletter/on the website
  • Priority for academy trips
  • Free tickets to school events
    Daily rewards

Pupils can be rewarded by any member of the academy staff through our use of the Arbor system.  Pupils will also be awarded Arbor points for being prepared for the academy day and attending the academy every day.

Great emphasis is placed on the completion of independent learning tasks with many positive points available for pupils completing work outside of the classroom to the best of their ability.

All positive behaviours logged on Arbor are converted into spendable points in the rewards shop where pupils can purchase gifts, tokens and vouchers with the points that they have accumulated.

Subject / Ways of Being Co-op Postcards

Additionally, all pupils can receive postcards from class teachers, recognising the effort, progress and input they have in individual lessons across the academy. They can also receive postcards from any member of staff for displaying the Co-op ways of being.

Behaviour management in practice

The deployment of a positive behaviour for learning policy.


  • All pupils are expected to abide by the classroom code of conduct and exhibit positive attitudes for learning. These will be explicitly explained and reinforced to pupils on a regular basis.
  • If pupils do not demonstrate acceptable behaviour whilst in lessons at the academy, the following sanctions will be fairly applied ensuring that pupils have an opportunity to modify their behaviours before receiving a serious sanction.
  • If a teacher feels that a pupil is not behaving in an acceptable manner they will be issued with a  C1, a chance for pupils to make a more positive choice and change their behaviour
  • If the pupil chooses to ignore this chance to modify their behaviour the teacher will issue a C2. Pupils will be given the opportunity to make a correct choice about their behaviour.  The choices will be clearly explained to pupils
  • The teacher will implement a low level intervention strategy for the pupil to make better choices to continue their learning in the classroom. Should they continue to behave in a way that impacts on others’ learning the teacher will issue a C3.  Pupils will be issued with a consequence for their continued negative behaviour. The teacher will log this on Arbor and provide a comment that describes the pupil’s behaviour and interventions that took place. A C3  means that the pupil will automatically be issued with a 55 minute detention which will be served the following day. Parents will be notified of this detention by Parentmail. Once a teacher issues a C3 this cannot be changed.
  • If a pupil continues to disrupt learning following the issuing of a C3 consequence and does not modify their behaviour then a C4 Removal from lesson will be issued by the teacher. This will inform the Pastoral team who will collect the pupil from their lesson and place them in the C4 room for the remainder of the lesson


Late detentions

All pupils should be on-site at the academy at 8:30am. They must be present in their form room when the register is taken at 8:35am.

Pupils who arrive late (after 8.35am) will receive a 30 minute late detention on the same day after school from 3.05-3.35pm. If a pupil is late to this detention then additional time will be added to the detention on that evening.

If a pupil fails to show for a 30 minute late detention then the duration of the detention will be increased to 55 minutes and will be completed the following day.

Where pupils are repeatedly late at the start of the academy day, they may be subject to further sanctions and parents will be invited into the academy. Pupils who arrive after the close of registers at the start of the academy day will be issued with an unauthorised absence mark and their parents may face further sanctions in accordance with the Academy Attendance Policy

C3/C4 behaviour detentions

They will last for 55 minutes and will take place in the academy canteen. They start at  3.05 and finish at 4pm.  If a pupil disrupts the detention in any way they will be issued with their first warning and it will be explained to them that if they get a second warning then an additional five minutes will be added to the detention. Following the second warning if a pupil continued to disrupt the detention then they will be informed that they have failed the detention and they will be placed in remote learning the following day and complete the detention again at 3.05pm that day. This will be recorded on Arbor as a failed detention.

C5 detention

If a pupil receives two C4 removals in a week from classroom entries on Arbor or is recorded as truanting a lesson then they will be issued with a C5 detention. This will take place in remote learning on a Friday after school with a member of the senior Leadership Team.

  • The detention will last for 90 minutes and will begin at 3.05pm and finish at 4.35pm. Pupils will be provided with classwork to complete whilst they are in detention. If they should fail to attend this detention, parents will be contacted that evening by the leadership team. The pupil will be placed in remote learning on Monday morning and a 55 minute detention will take place at the end of the day.
  • Should pupils arrive a few minutes late, they will need to make the time up at the end of the detention. This will be recorded on Arbor by the pastoral managers in detention. Other sanctions will be issued for persistent lateness.
  • Pupils with special educational needs or a disability will be supported in detention in the canteen or it may be organised that they serve the detention in the Inclusion Hub if they require specific support.
  • If a pupil fails detention they will be placed in remote learning the following day and complete an hour’s detention that afternoon.
  • Pupils who fail to attend a detention will receive an immediate day of remote learning and serve the missed detention for 55 minutes that day.
  • If a pupil is absent from the academy on the day of their detention they will attend the detention on their next day in the academy.
  • Parents will receive a Parentmail from the Pastoral teams notifying them of any detentions issued that day. Parents will also be notified if a pupil fails to attend detention.
  • However, it is important to state that by law the Academy is not obliged to provide any notice in relation  to a detention being issued and in some situations it may be that a “no notice detention” will be issued.
  • Climate walks will be conducted throughout the day identifying excellent attitudes to learning as well as supporting staff in instances where pupils may be making the poor choices. If the latter is the case, contact with parents will be made to discuss the concerns and prevent issues escalating further. Low level disruption is not tolerated at Coop Academy North Manchester and it will always be challenged to allow all of our pupils to thrive in a positive learning environment.

Note :- If a pupil forgets their PE kit or any part of the PE kit they will be issued with a C2 which will be recorded by the class teacher The pupil will be offered a replacement PE kit and participate in the lesson. If a pupil refuses to borrow a kit and participate then a C4 will be issued. All PE kits are cleaned and dried daily. If a pupil forgets their kit for a second time during a half term then a C3 detention will be issued.

If a pupil is injured then a note should be brought from home to explain the injury and to excuse the pupil from participating practically in the lesson. A pupil will still be expected to bring their PE kit and perform a different role within the lesson ie: a coach, analyst or sports leader ( as long as their injury permits this). If the injury is long term then a doctor’s note will need to be provided.

If an injured pupil forgets to bring their kit then a C2 will be recorded by the class teacher.

Low level disruption

Low level disruption not only seriously affects the learning of the pupil disrupting the lesson / learning environment but directly affects the learning of other pupils present and the teachers’ ability to teach effectively.

Low level disruption or inappropriate behaviour can be identified in a variety of forms. Below are some examples of Low Level Disruption, however, this list is not exhaustive.

  • Lateness to form time /lessons
  • A failure to follow instructions at the first time of asking.
  • Displaying behaviour that prevents other pupils from learning eg. calling out
  • A refusal to engage in the learning process.
  • Disrespectful responses to staff or other pupils eg. “What for?” etc.
  • General defiance.

Through our positive Behaviour for Learning procedures and behaviour curriculum, Co-op Academy North Manchester intends to address the issue of low level disruption whilst at the same time dealing effectively with more serious examples of inappropriate or anti – social behaviour.

Mid-high level disruption

For disruption that has a significant effect on learning and/or safety a C3 may be issued without a C1 or C2 warning being given.

Below are examples of Mid –Level Disruption:

  • Foul and/or abusive language between peers
  • Throwing items
  • Truancy of the lesson ( Logged as C4 truancy on Arbor and will result in a 55 minute detention the following day).
  • An immediate C4 can be issued if a pupil’s behaviour is deemed as unsafe. Examples of this type of behaviour are fighting, dangerous behaviour in a Science laboratory and the use of extreme foul language.
  • When a pupil is more than 5 minutes late to lesson this will be recorded on Arbor as Late to lesson and will result in a 55 minute detention the following day.
  • If a pupil chooses to act in an inappropriate or dangerous manner that would supersede the normal C1, C2, C3 consequence system they will be referred to the Assistant Vice Principal for Behaviour and Attitudes/SLT link by a staff member. The senior leader will then decide if further consequences are to be issued.
  • Pupils who receive three C3s or two C4s in the same day will be picked up  by the pastoral team. They will be placed in the remote learning room for the remainder of the day. A decision will then be made on any further consequences that may be issued. This will enable the pastoral team to have the opportunity to discuss reasons for this behaviour with the pupil. Contact with home will be made.

High level disruption/serious incidents/non-compliance with the academy’s expectations

For incidents that the academy perceives to be of a serious nature, pupils will be issued with either remote learning or a suspension and remote learning. (All pupils who receive a suspension will be issued with a day in remote learning on their return to the academy). All pupils involved in a fight will automatically receive, at a minimum, a suspension. All victims of assault are entitled to make a formal complaint to the Police and this will be fully supported by the academy.

Whilst a pupil is in remote learning, they will be provided with the opportunity to reflect on their learning and consider strategies to improve their behaviour.  The academy also works with pupils to identify any underlying reasons why their behaviour is not meeting the academy’s expectations and  work with them to improve this

Out of lessons/Movement around the academy

We expect corridors and social spaces to be safe. orderly and purposeful environments in order for all members of the academy to thrive. We have high expectations in these spaces and pupils are expected to support keeping them clean and move around them safely and calmly at all times. If a pupil falls below our expectations then a consequence may be issued alerting both the year team who will communicate any issues to parents/carers.

If pupils are more than 5 minutes late to the lesson with no valid reason an immediate C3 detention       (55 minutes) will be issued for the following evening.

Remote learning

  • Pupils are collected for their day in remote learning during form time and they begin their lessons in remote learning  at 9am.  They finish at 4pm. However, if pupils display negative behaviour whilst completing remote learning they will repeat a full day the following day or in some cases will receive a suspension.
  • Pupils are expected to wear full academy uniform and in an event that they are wearing trainers they will be provided with replacement footwear.
  • There is an expectation that pupils will complete work that they are missing that day as a result of being placed in remote learning. Work will be set on Google Classroom and Edlounge for pupils to complete.  Pupils will also complete personal development work related to the reason for them being in the remote learning Room
  • Coats and bags are stored in an allocated locker. Headsets & mobile telephones are handed in to the Pastoral Teams and locked away for safekeeping prior to the pupil being placed in remote learning. These will be returned to the pupil at the end of the detention at 4pm. If a pupil refuses to hand in any of these items parents will be contacted and failure to subsequently cooperate with the rules and expectations will lead to a suspension.
  • Pupils eat their lunch in the remote learning room.
  • Pupils do not talk to other pupils within the remote learning room unless the remote learning supervisor is delivering intervention activities.
  • Pupils will not be permitted to eat or drink other than at allocated times except for the consumption of water. Packed lunches must contain foods that comply with the Healthy Schools Agenda. Food/drink items that are not deemed suitable will be confiscated by staff.
  • Pupils who refuse to be placed in remote learning will receive a suspension for failure to follow the academy expectations.
  • If a suspension has been issued a parental meeting will be arranged to discuss the incident. Following the meeting the pupil will serve a day in remote learning followed by a 55 minute detention.
  • Pupils who have been placed in remote learning as a failure to attend a detention will attend a 55 minute detention directly after until 4pm.
  • Pupils who may have additional needs will be supported, as appropriate, by the SENDCo and/or the year team.
  • For some pupils remote learning will be completed with the SEND team however, the rules regarding lunch and after school detentions will apply.

If pupils show a positive attitude to learning and are committed to our academy visions and values they will never be issued with a C3 or a C4. Pupils will always have a chance to think about what they have done and change any negative behaviours.

Please remember the academy aims to keep suspensions and times in remote learning to a minimum and to continue to use all sources of information which are available to us to help us to meet the needs of a child. However it is our belief that suspensions are not necessarily a consequence for an action. Therefore suspended pupils will always face a consequence on their return to the academy.

Sanctions, detentions and suspensions are consequences for poor behaviour. These are in place to allow us to manage behaviour effectively and to promote a positive environment for learning.

These procedures promote our drive to raise attendance and inclusion whilst creating the perfect platform for pupils to learn and teachers to teach. Please be aware that the educational environment is ever changing and modifications may be made to these procedures at any time.

Alternative provision

A small number of pupils at KS3 and KS4 are offered a variety of alternative curriculum provisions as a way of supporting their wider development and equipping them with the necessary skills and experience for the world of work and for all Post-16 Pathways.

Important acknowledgements underpinning this policy are:

  • That the academy recognises the need to personalise the curriculum for some pupils
  • That a minority of pupils at KS3 struggle to meet the academic and social demands of mainstream education expectations;
  • That a minority of pupils struggle to meet the academic demands of their core GCSE subjects or the social demands and mainstream education expectations;
  • These pupils may be damaged by their experiences in subject areas that they cannot access, or may negatively impact on the learning of their peers;
  • These pupils need additional provision to enhance their experiences and qualifications at the end of KS3 and KS4;
  • These pupils need to develop skills and experience of the world of work to reduce the chances of them being NEET post-16.

It is also noted that some pupils at KS3 and KS4 need medical support which must be a specialist provided, such as at The Hospital School;

The academy uses a range of providers for alternative education as well as having its own provisions on site called Pathways Centres.

In addition, where pupils are unable to access one of the settings and are confined to home (e.g. accident, severe illness, bail orders etc.) the academy may explore the option of using an approved on-line learning package called EdLounge/EdClass and our own Google Classroom package.  EdClass is an accredited provider that provides supervised learning for pupils.  Where pupils are registered with EdClass they provide the supervisory role with their teaching staff providing on-line monitoring, guidance and tuition.  In addition to this academy staff will have undertaken a visit to assess the suitability and safeguarding arrangements for that pupil and continue to carry out home visits as per our safeguarding procedures. This provision can only be authorised by the Principal.

Respite placements/Managed moves

In agreement with other local secondary schools in the Manchester & other local authorities, pupils may be placed on a behaviour placement at other establishments in line with the academy intervention strategy. This is a form of intervention we employ in response to a pupil’s persistent disruptive behaviour or a serious breach of the behaviour policy.

A managed move will enable the pupil to have a fresh start in a new school. It can also be a strategy in response to persistent breaches of the school's behaviour policy and where allowing the pupil to remain in school would seriously harm the education or welfare of the pupil or others in the school.

The host school will provide appropriate work although Co-op Academy North Manchester may provide work packs for pupils on short respite placements. However, for a managed move, the pupil will follow the curriculum of the host school and this will be explained to the pupil and their parents.

Pupils will adhere to the host school’s behaviour procedures and arrive and leave at the host school times. It is the parent/carer’s responsibility to arrange appropriate transportation to and from the host schools. Pupils will be expected to attend in full school uniform. If this is a respite placement, this will be our academy uniform, but for a managed move, the uniform will be that of the host school.

A behaviour agreement will be discussed and agreed at the start of any placement. The pupil and parent will be present in a pre-admit meeting and regular reviews will take place at the host school with a member of the Co-op Academy North Manchester pastoral team present, along with the staff from the host school. Placements can be terminated at any time if the behaviour agreement is contravened by the pupil. Next steps, such as alternative provision may be explored at this time.

Parent/Carer meetings

The academy may require parents/carers to attend a meeting with staff to discuss a particular issue in relation to a concern over a pupil’s general behaviour or in relation to a specific incident.

If the matter has resulted in the pupil receiving a suspension and the parents do not attend the meeting for whatever reason, the pupil concerned will remain in the remote learning room until that meeting has taken place and the issue has been resolved. However, on occasions the academy may request that another appropriate adult attends the meeting, should parents/carers not be able to attend within a timeframe that is reasonable, to ensure the pupil can resume their timetabled lessons.

In most cases pupils will attend the meeting with their parent/carer. They should do so in full academy uniform without exception. Where incidents involve members of staff it is not academy procedure for the staff to be present at the meeting. Attending meetings to resolve issues is important to support young people.

Notes are taken of all meetings.  A signed copy is provided with all agreed actions. The Academy does not allow parents/carers or third parties to record parental meetings. Anyone secretly filming or recording a meeting will be banned from attending the academy site with immediate effect. This is also the case for any telephone conversations or meetings off site.

Please note that academy staff will only meet parents/carers who are officially registered on the academy system. Parents/carers are entitled to bring a friend to accompany them to a meeting but only registered parents/carers are permitted to participate in discussions. Parents who bring a friend or any other third party must notify the academy before the scheduled meeting time.

The academy works hard to accommodate meetings at a mutually convenient time for all parties. In addition in exceptional circumstances a home visit may be requested and this should be considered by academy staff.

Where a parent/carer has been banned from the Academy site due to their previous conduct an appropriate adult may meet with the academy and act as their representative in the meeting. The appropriate adult must be agreed by both parties prior to any meeting taking place. The academy schedules meetings through an appointment based system.  Parents will not be permitted entry to the academy site without a pre-booked appointment.

Please do read the academy’s communication policy to ensure that you are clear about the communications between home and school, the time frames that the academy works within and our expectations that during the meetings our academy values will be demonstrated by all parties.

Zero abuse 

Co-op Academy North Manchester is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from abuse. Verbal or physical abuse of staff and visitors will not be tolerated and will be dealt with accordingly.  The Trust has an approach barring visitors which the academy would employ if a visitor was deemed to be a risk.

Language line

Academy staff have access to the Language Line facility. This offers live translation via a conference call when required in meetings with non-English speaking visitors

Uniform requirements

Co-op Academy North Manchester has a discrete uniform which is designed to enhance the Academy’s positive image and enable pupils to have a sense of belonging. It is compulsory that only those items stipulated within the official academy uniform list (see Appendix A) are permissible to be worn by our pupils. The official academy uniform must be worn by all pupils who are on roll at Co-op Academy North Manchester at all times, without exception. This includes arriving and leaving the academy each day in the correct full academy uniform. Pupils who contravene the Uniform Policy will receive a sanction in line with our behaviour policy

Co-op Academy North Manchester operates a zero tolerance approach to jewellery and body piercings being worn by its pupils at any of the aforementioned times.  All jewellery and body piercings will be confiscated by staff and locked away by the Pastoral Team. Pupils will be given a receipt for the item/s and these can be collected in the week prior to a Half-Termly/Termly holiday. Trainers are not permitted to be worn in the academy except in PE practical sessions and when involved in practical activities at lunchtime. All shoes must be black leather/faux leather and socks should be black. Footwear that is branded with a sports logo or name is also not permitted and where pupils arrive at the academy in trainers or shoes that are not black leather/faux leather, pupils will be provided with an alternative form of footwear enabling the pupil to remain in the Academy and continue learning. If they refuse to do this they will be placed in remote learning. Pupils who refuse to accept the consequence or refuse to wear the alternative footwear offered will be suspended from the academy. 

Full length tailored trousers are compulsory. Mini-skirts are not permitted and all skirts should be worn at knee length or just above.  Skinny (tight) jeans/tracksuit/jogging bottoms, culottes or ski pants, leggings or tight fitting trousers are not acceptable and are not part of the academy uniform.

Furthermore, pupils are not permitted to attend the Academy with any form of pattern shaved into their heads/eyebrows, bandanas, large hairbands and sports headwear are not permitted in any form or for any usage. Headbands used to tie hair back must be black in colour, pupils with hair which obscures their view or is deemed a cause for concern in terms of Health and Safety within a practical setting must tie it up with a black hair bobble.

Although the Academy does not operate a “zero tolerance” approach to pupils wearing make-up any foundation must be kept to a natural tone and brightly coloured lipsticks are not permitted. The length of pupils' nails should also be kept to an acceptable minimum in respect of the Health and Safety requirements for practical activities such as Sports and Design Technology etc. Coloured nail polish/varnish are not permitted nor are acrylic or false nails. Failure to comply with any of the above rules will result in remote learning and may also be judged as persistent disruptive behaviour which could result in a suspension until the issue has been resolved.

The academy will always work with parents/carers who are unable to afford the appropriate uniform, and discussions regarding this should be had with your child’s Pastoral Manager.

For religious reasons girls may wear a Hijab.  This should be of plain black cotton with no embroidery, decoration or fringing.  It should be tied securely around the head and neck with the ends tucked in for health and safety reasons.

Mobile telephones, headsets, ear-pods, bluetooth speakers, smart watches etc.

The academy rules stipulate that the use of mobile phones/headsets, smart watches and tablets on the academy site is now prohibited. On arrival at the academy, pupils must turn off their mobile phones and store them safely in their bags. Pupils wishing to contact parents/carers should contact home via their appropriate Year Office and likewise parents/carers should refrain from contacting pupils directly and ring the main switchboard on 0161 681 1592. This prevents any misunderstandings and miscommunication. Pupils are responsible for their mobile phones, headsets and valuables and the academy will not be held accountable for any loss/damage.

Any pupil in breach of the above rule will have their device confiscated with immediate effect and this will only be returned through collection from the Year office at the end of the day at the pastoral team’s convenience on the day of confiscation or during the following day’s morning registration. Refusal to hand over a mobile phone will result in a C3 detention and parents/carers will be asked to come to the academy to collect the mobile phone.

Where there are safeguarding concerns regarding an incident that has taken place, staff will request that mobile phones are handed in to ensure that an investigation can be carried out effectively.  Pupils who fail to comply with this request will be issued with further sanctions

The academy may need to arrange for mobile phones to be handed in at the start of the day if persistent issues arise or there is a serious issue.


Bullying is defined as the repetitive, intentional harming of one person or group by another person or group, where the relationship involves an imbalance of power.

Bullying is, therefore:

● Deliberately hurtful

● Repeated, often over a period of time

● Difficult to defend against




Being unfriendly, excluding, tormenting


Hitting, kicking, pushing, taking another’s belongings, any use of violence

Prejudice-based and discriminatory, including:

● Racial

● Faith-based

● Gendered (sexist)

● Homophobic

● Transphobic

● Disability-based

Taunts, gestures, graffiti or physical abuse focused on a particular characteristic (e.g. gender, race, sexuality)


Explicit sexual remarks, display of sexual material, sexual gestures, unwanted physical attention, comments about sexual reputation or performance, or inappropriate touching

Direct or indirect verbal

Name-calling, sarcasm, spreading rumours, teasing

Cyber-bullying that takes place online, such as through social networking sites,  messaging apps or gaming sites

For a more in depth understanding of the way Co-op Academy North Manchester tackles the following issues please see the Academy’s Anti Bullying Policy.

Sexual harassment and sexual violence

Co-op Academy North Manchester will ensure that all incidents of sexual harassment and/or violence are met with a suitable response, and never ignored. Pupils are encouraged to report anything that makes them uncomfortable, no matter how ‘small’ they feel it might be.

The school’s response will be:

  • Supportive
  • Proportionate
  • Considered
  • Decided on a case-by-case basis

The academy has procedures in place to respond to any allegations or concerns regarding child’s safety or wellbeing. These include clear processes for:

  • Responding to a report
  • Carrying out risk assessments, where appropriate, to help determine whether to manage the incident internally
  • Refer to Early Help
  • Refer to children’s social care
  • Report to the police

Please refer to our child protection and safeguarding policy for more information.

Off-site behaviour

Sanctions may be applied where a pupil has misbehaved off-site when representing the school. Off-site is defined as when a pupil is:

  • Taking part in any school-organised or school-related activity (e.g. school trips) Travelling to or from school
  • Wearing school uniform
  • In any other way identifiable as a pupil of our school

Sanctions may also be applied where a pupil has misbehaved off-site at any time, whether or not the conditions above apply, if the misbehaviour:

  • Could have repercussions for the orderly running of the school
  •  Poses a threat to another pupil or member of the public
  • Could adversely affect the reputation of the school
  • Physical restraint

Physical restraint / Positive handling

In very rare circumstances, staff may need to use reasonable force to restrain a pupil to prevent them:

  • Causing disorder
  • Hurting themselves or others
  • Damaging property
  • Incidents of physical restraint must: always be used as a last resort
  • Be applied using the minimum amount of force and for the minimum amount of time possible
  • Be used in a way that maintains the safety and dignity of all concerned
  • Never be used as a form of punishment
  • Be recorded and reported to parents


Pupils found supplying or distributing illegal substances and or any items deemed to be drug paraphernalia face permanent exclusion from the academy. Pupils found in possession of illegal substances will on the first occasion automatically receive a suspension whilst the situation is being investigated and any child in possession of drugs could receive a permanent exclusion.

All pupils involved in any illegal drugs related incident will be referred to the Police to be dealt with under the Misuse of Drugs Act. The Principal authorises all staff with the power to search pupils in line with DFE guidance. The academy will also make appropriate referrals for pupils in order that they can receive additional support.

Academy guidelines in relation to bladed articles/weapons (including replicas)

Any pupil found in possession of a bladed article or weapon (including replicas) of any type or size could face permanent exclusion. At the very least they will receive a suspension. All pupils found in possession of a bladed article or weapon (including replicas) will automatically be referred to the Police and will be dealt with accordingly.

In law fireworks such as ‘bangers’ etc are classed as fireworks and are not allowed in the academy. Co-op Academy North Manchester operates a zero tolerance approach in relation to fireworks. Sanctions will be put in place accordingly.


Co-op Academy North Manchester is a no smoking site and as a result operates a strict No Smoking Policy. Pupils found in possession of cigarettes, e-cigarettes, vaping devices, lighters or other smoking paraphernalia will have the items confiscated and they will not be returned. A detention, remote learning and in some cases a suspension may be issued where pupils are caught smoking, vaping or using e-cigarettes, or in possession of these. Further support is available from the school nurse and other agencies.

Food and drink

All unhealthy drinks and snacks are prohibited at Co-op Academy North Manchester. Where pupils are found to be in possession of fizzy and/or high sugar energy drinks and snacks these will be confiscated and not returned. If a pupil is found selling food/drink then the items will be confiscated and not returned. Parents/carers will be notified and a sanction issued.

Chewing gum is not allowed at the academy.

CCTV and requests for documentation

The Academy will not release copies of CCTV footage as this would contravene Child Protection and safeguarding guidelines and GDPR. Documents containing information which names other pupils will always be anonymised to protect individuals.

Any requests for documentation relating to a child should be made under the GDPR policy.

The Academy operates a positive Behaviour for Learning Policy which incorporates the DFE guidance for schools. The Academy follows the DFE guidance for searching & confiscation.

Bicycles & Scooters

Any pupil that rides a bicycle should  wear an appropriate safety helmet. We recommend that parents/carers ensure that their children have one as well as reflective clothing when appropriate. Bicycles are only permitted to be ridden in the bicycle lanes that lead to and from the Charlestown entrance. If pupils are entering the academy from Victoria Avenue East then they must dismount before they enter the academy grounds.  All bicycles must be locked in the bicycle shed. Any pupil who persistently breaks these rules of the policy will be prohibited from bringing a bicycle onto the academy premises. It is the responsibility of pupils to ensure that their bike is locked in the bicycle shed.  The academy cannot be held responsible for any bicycles that have not been locked up.

Electrical scooters are not permitted  to be brought to the academy. In the event that a pupil arrives at the academy with an electric scooter and the academy is made aware then parents will be contacted immediately and they will be expected to come and collect it. The academy accepts no responsibility for the loss of/damage to an electric scooter.

Searching, screening and confiscation

The Principal, under their statutory powers has authorised all staff with the power to search pupils or their possessions without consent, where they have grounds for suspecting that the pupil may have a prohibited item in their possession. This extends to academy trips and/or visits where the member of staff has lawful control of the pupil(s).  

If the statutory powers need to be used then the academy will ensure that all searches are conducted by two members of staff, one of which will be the same sex as the pupil. Where possible the search will be conducted by members of either the Senior Leadership Team or the Pastoral Team.

A clear explanation of why the search is being carried out will always be given and a communication note following the search will also be provided. All searches will be recorded on CPOMS, the senior safeguarding team will be made aware of the details of the search and the findings.

Prohibited items include:  

  • Knives or weapons  
  • Alcohol  
  • Illegal drugs  
  • Stolen items  
  • Tobacco/cigarette papers
  • Fireworks  
  • Pornographic images  
  • Any article that the member of staff reasonably suspects has been, or is likely to be used to   commit an offence or to cause personal injury to, or damage to the property of, any person (including the pupil)

Any items banned under the college rules that has been identified in the rules and any item which may be searched for to include:  

  • Fizzy drinks  
  • Sugary food; biscuits/sweets  
  • Chewing gum  
  • Jewellery  
  • Cigarettes/e-cigarettes/vaping devices
  • Mobile phones (at certain times)  
  • Equipment  Lighters/matches/inflammable fluid  
  • Make-up items  
  • Accessories  
  • Laser pens  
  • Un-prescribed medication

Academy staff can seize any prohibited item found as a result of a search. They can also seize any item they consider harmful or detrimental to college discipline.

Extent of ‘search’

The person conducting the search may not require the pupil to remove any clothing other than outer clothing. ‘Outer clothing’ means clothing that is not worn next to the skin or immediately over a garment that is being worn as underwear but ‘outer clothing’ includes Blazers; hats; shoes; boots; gloves and scarves. ‘Possessions’ means any goods over which the pupil has or appears to have control – this includes any form of bags and lockers. It is a condition of having a locker in school that the pupil gives their consent to it being searched.


What the law allows:

The academy can require pupils to undergo screening by a walk through or hand-held metal detector even if they do not suspect them of having a weapon and without the consent of the pupil.

Any member of college staff can screen pupils. Note – if a pupil fails to comply and the academy does not let the pupil in, the academy has not excluded the pupil and the pupil’s absence will be treated as unauthorised. The pupil should comply with the rules and attend. (1)



Here at Co-op Academy North Manchester we expect our pupils to be proud to wear our uniform. All pupils must attend and leave the Academy every day in full Academy uniform.

Please note that trainers of any sort (including converse) and boots of any kind are not permitted.

No hoodies, hats or caps, or other such outerwear can be worn within the Academy building. Jewellery and make up are not a part of the Academy uniform and should not be worn. This includes nail varnish.

Uniform is stocked and can be purchased from Co-op Academy North Manchester. A full list of the uniform, including the PE kit and the full address of the uniform supplier, can be obtained from the Admissions Secretary. Our uniform expectations are clearly communicated to all parents/carers and pupils throughout the academic year and are also outlined in the pupil’s planner for quick reference.

If a pupil should forget /lose or damage an item they will have the opportunity to ‘loan’ one for the day. pupils can collect a replacement at the pupil reception on arrival to the academy at 8.30am.

Uniform items that will be stored in pupil reception include;

  • Blazers
  • Skirts
  • Trousers
  • Ties
  • Shoes/pumps

We understand that at times parents/carers may struggle to afford particular items of uniform and may need support. At Co-op Academy North Manchester we are a community school and always look to support each other. We are here to help and will offer support to those families who may be in need.  Please speak to a Pastoral Manager at the academy if you ever need support with uniform or equipment.

Co-op Academy North Manchester Uniform:-

  • Academy Blazer to be worn at all times unless permission is given by staff to remove it in lessons.
  • Black Skirt/Trousers
  • White shirt
  • Plain Black v-neck school jumper (optional and never in place of the blazer)
  • Plain White/black ankle socks
  • Year group tie
  • Plain black leather/faux leather shoes
  • School bag

PE Kit

  • Royal blue sport top (with logo)
  • Black shorts (with logo)
  • Plain black ankle socks
  • Royal blue long socks for football
  • Trainers

Optional kit

  • Plain black Co-op Academy North Manchester training top & pants (with logo)
  • Plain black PE/Dance leggings


Details on alternative provision placements

All procedures have been developed on the basis of the following principles:

  • Pupils referred to off-site alternative provision should be referred on the basis that this provision is more appropriate for them than the provision the academy is able to provide.
  • If an alternative placement breaks down the situation will be discussed and a meeting convened and if it is unable to be resolved the pupils will be expected to return to the academy.
  • Service Level Agreements are in place for all provisions.
  • Once committed to off-site alternative provision, pupils must attend and failure to do so should carry the same consequences as non-attendance at the academy.
  • The academy will monitor attendance through close links with the alternative provision provider.
  • Attendance at off-site alternative provision will be monitored closely and every step should be taken to ensure that accurate attendance data is kept by the academy.
  • All professionals have a statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people and tracking and reporting attendance at alternative provision is an essential component in achieving this.
  • There is an expectation that any safeguarding concerns are raised with the DSL at the academy and that all alternative providers adhere to the safeguarding policy held by the academy.
  • The academy works closely with other mainstream secondary schools to provide managed move places.  There will be some pupils for whom a managed move is more suitable – and this may be attempted, with parents' consent, prior to other off-site/alternative provision.


Pupils attending an alternative provision will be expected to adhere to a code of conduct as outlined by the individual provider.  Pupils are expected to represent the academy positively through their behaviour and attitude and any breach of the Academy Behaviour Policy or provider's code of conduct could result in termination of the placement and the academy having to decide on next steps for the pupil.


  • The academy will set up a meeting involving all relevant parties, including parents/carers and others as appropriate.
  • A representative from the academy will clearly explain to families the reasons why the alternative provision is being offered.  If the provision is being offered as an alternative to permanent exclusion this must be clear to parents that they are able to make an informed decision.  If parents refuse to accept the offer of alternative provision as an appropriate alternative to permanent exclusion, the Principal of the school would need to decide whether to proceed with the original exclusion.
  • Pupils must attend the off-site alternative provision as required and parents/carers must support this.
  • Alternative learning providers will contact the academy whenever the pupil is absent and also make contact with parents and try and resolve the issue to ensure regular attendance is achieved and if unsuccessful contact the academy attendance team for support and advice. If necessary this should then be referred to their agencies as appropriate.
  • The academy will formally monitor attendance and update records and maintain contact with the alternative learning provided on a weekly basis.
  • If the placement does not appear to be working or if the pupil is not attending - a formal meeting should be held involving the academy, parent/carer, pupil and any other appropriate person. The meeting will reinforce the expectations of the original agreement while seeking feasible alternatives.

  • If a pupil is permanently excluded from an alternative provision placement, a meeting will be convened between the named mainstream school, alternative provider and the family to discuss either a return to the pupil's named school or to identify a further alternative provider.  If these are not viable, and the pupil’s behaviour warrants, a permanent exclusion from the academy may be issued.

Staff responsibilities

The academy utilises the skills and experience of an off-site manager with the following responsibilities:

  • Identify pupils for whom an alternative provision may be appropriate;
  • Source appropriate alternative providers in line with pupil interests and skills;
  • Meet regularly with alternative providers, pupils and families to review progress;
  • Monitor attendance, behaviour and progress of pupils in alternative provision;
  • The use of alternative provision is overseen by the Vice Principal for pastoral care;
  • Any agreement around alternative provision for a pupil must be regularly reviewed.    
  • Timescales and responsibilities for reviewing the agreement must be clear to professionals,  

         parents and the pupil and occur every term;

  • Impact/success will be measured against the targets the pupils are set in a meeting once

         per term.  Examples of these could include attendance, behaviour and qualifications.

Power of academies to direct a pupil off-site for education to improve behaviour

Governing bodies of maintained academies have the power to direct a pupil off-site for education to improve his or her behaviour. (Education Act 2002) The Secretary of State has made regulations, as is required by the related primary legislation, concerning academies’ use of power.

Under the current regulations, parents will be notified in writing of any requirement that their child attend off-site provision. Notice must be sent as soon as practical and no later than two days before the off-site placement is due to begin. The notice letter must be sent out explaining:

  • The reasons for the referral to alternative provision;
  • The aims of the placement;
  • The period for which the pupil will be required to attend the placement;
  • The date and time the placement will start;
  • The address the pupil will need to attend and the name of the person to whom they must

        report on the first day;

  • Details of the session times i.e. the time the morning and afternoon sessions start and end.

Monitoring, Evaluation and Review        

The academy will regularly review the use of alternative provision to ensure that individual programmes are demonstrating value for money against pupil progress and outcomes.