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Dukhan English School aims to provide a positive learning environment where students enjoy coming to school, are happy and can feel safe whilst at school. A strong pastoral care system such as ours supports good discipline. Our staff are trained to emphasise the positive in students and build their self-esteem by using rewards wherever possible, rather than punishments. We have a clear and consistently implemented discipline policy, which gives clear guidelines to students, encourages development of self-discipline that carries forward to their adult years and instils accountability, integrity and respect for others.

The prerequisites to self-discipline are personal responsibility and good decision-making ability. Students need to be trusted to take responsibilities appropriate to their age and to be given opportunities to make important decisions.

Students should be shown what they have done wrong, how their behaviour impacts not just on themselves, but on others too and given opportunities to make amends. The punishment given is appropriate to the misdemeanour and allows the student to learn from their mistake.

The school staff model self-discipline and enforce the discipline policy consistently and fairly.

Anti-Bullying Statement

We believe that every student at Dukhan English School has the right to enjoy life at school, free from the sort of behaviour that can be classed as bullying. We aim, as a school to produce a safe and secure environment where all can learn without fear or anxiety. We define bullying as wilful behaviour as a result of which someone feels hurt (physically or emotionally), threatened, frightened or humiliated. Bullying can involve the use of force or threats to abuse or frighten others, often repeatedly. Bullying can be emotional (e.g. the ‘silent treatment’, leaving someone out), verbal (e.g. spreading rumours, name-calling), and physical (e.g. punching, shoving, pulling hair). Bullying using text messages and social networks on the internet is called cyber-bullying.

Everyone in our school’s community has the right to feel safe from bullying. We aim to:

- tackle abusive and aggressive behaviour
- encourage equality, e.g. between boys and girls
- change in response to our members’ needs
- look for ways in which to develop positive attitudes through what we teach and learn
- support students who are at risk
- respond to people’s needs sensitively
- work with parents
- work with other community groups, e.g. the Medical Centre
- encourage respect, politeness, and an awareness of how we all need each other
- respect everyone’s unique character and value
- encourage social responsibility, tolerance, and understanding
- share responsibility to speak out and act against bullying by any member of the school.

Please refer to the Parent Handbook for further details.