BBC Reports by 8 Blue
Behaviour at Rooks Heath
Behaviour has an increasing effect on students’ learning at Rooks Heath.
Behaviour is a crucial matter at Rooks Heath because some students don’t always follow the rules and expectations of their teachers.
In the UK pupils are missing out on 38 days of teaching due to poor behaviour, according to a report from Ofsted. Teachers have been complaining to parents and head teachers about many students’ behaviour. The most common complaints were lack of discipline, not bringing homework on time and disruption in class. Nearly 90% of support staff and revealed that they had a challenging or disruptive student during this school year, according to Mark Townsend, writing for The Guardian.
‘The two most important things for being a teacher,’ explained Dr Wilper, English teacher at Rooks Heath, ‘are knowing your subject and behaviour management. If you cannot do either of these things, teaching will definitely be very hard for you.’
It is not fair for anyone to miss out on many things because of their peers’ behaviour. ‘I genuinely believe that 99.9% of students want to learn and want to behave. However, there will always be the 0.1% who, for whatever reason, try to ruin your lesson. I always keep the lookout for those children in order to ensure that everyone makes progress in my lessons.’
Bad behaviour not only affects students, but teachers as well. ‘Teaching when the behaviour in the class is bad also adds stress to teachers’ life,’ said Dr Wilper. ‘Their behaviour affects my personality. I’d like to known as a kind and reasonable teacher but if behaviour gets bad, my personality changes and I become harsh and strict.’
‘The student’s bad behaviour affects me and other students around them. It delays the student’s learning and miss out on fun things.’
So for students in school, listen to the teacher and earn reward points for good behaviour. When you are good, the teachers will be nicer to you rather than shouting out you. And for teachers, try to be fair and consistent with the students.
By Kasturi and Mustafa
Club to help students who have been bullied
Students at Year Eight are the most bullied year group at Rooks Heath College, according to Mr Williams, Director of Learning for the year group. To help combat the problem, teachers have organised a club to help students who get bullied.
The club meets every Wednesday during lunchtime in JG2C. The teachers will suggest how students should stay safe, what they should do if they are bullied, and whom they should tell. The hope is that this will make people braver and more confident.
“They will talk to people and help them out,” said Ms Batt, ICT and Safeguarding Teacher.
Ms Pugh, Safeguarding Teacher, said, “I will take statements, get other witness, and check the facts. If it is the first time, then it is a warning; but it depends on the bad behaviour. If it is the second time, then the consequence is seclusion or even exclusion. It depends how bad the infraction is. For example, exclusion is the consequence for physical bullying.”
Jace, a student in Eight Blue, said, “I’ve never been bullied, but if it ever happened, then I would tell a teacher and ask for help.”
By Sadia, Tamara, and Abisha
Bullying at Rooks Heath College
Bad behaviour is increasing in many schools, and many teachers can’t cope with the high demands of reports of bullying.
The most common form of bulling is name calling. Ms Pugh, teacher at Rooks Heath College, explains how the Year Eight pastoral teams are addressing the problem: ‘we are trying to get rid of bullying by investigating statements made by students rather than just issuing negative points. We also try to educate children to stop in assemblies and PSHE lessons hoping that one day there will be no more reports of bullying.’
And their efforts may already be having the desired effect.
‘I have never been bullied,’ reported Tamara, a student in Eight Blue, ‘but I have seen someone get bullied. Because I didn’t know who the person was, I just ignored it. From now on, when I see someone getting bullied, I am going to do the right thing and tell a teacher.’
By Zohaib, Thanujan and Elliot
New summer uniform for RHC
A summer uniform is being introduced for the comfort and convenience of Rooks Heath College students.
In a recent meeting, class representatives discussed a summer uniform. They found that with the current uniforms students sweat a lot in the summer, which can result in lack of focus because of an unconfutable feeling of sweat. This discomfort may lead to low scores in end of year exams.
This new piece of uniform is a light blue, cotton polo shirt, similar to the PE tops. This will ensure that students don’t feel sluggish and worn down. Additionally, it is made of light blue material so that students will not get it mixed up with the PE t-shirts.
‘I am extremely happy with this decision,’ said Mr Williams, Director of Learning for Year Eight, ‘because this means the best for our students. This will allow our wonderful students to focus and be comfortable.’
‘I’m happy that we as a school will make this investment,’ said Dr Reavley, Head Teacher of Rooks Heath College, ‘this will allow our students to relax and not be agitated or stressed.’
These shirts can be purchased at Angels in Harrow, a shop with which this college has been associated for a long time. The shirts will cost around £5.00.