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What does it mean i my child has been put on report?

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veryberry21 Tue 01-Feb-11 20:16:22

googled it and i didn't get any info on it. On call? the unit/ on report, are they all the same thing, i'm incredibly confused. Has anyone else's child been put on report. I know it has somthing to do with behaviour but i'm not sure what. anyone fancy explaining?
and i think it's only senior schools that have this.

TheVisitor Tue 01-Feb-11 20:17:30

It means that they've misbehaved, and after each lesson, the tutor signs to say that the child has attended and how their behaviour has been. This is normally the step after the first two warnings.

aPixie Tue 01-Feb-11 20:21:45

Obviously nothing to brag about but I was put on report 3 times in school.

One time was for truancy. The report was to be signed by every teacher in every class to show I had been to classes.

One time was for acting like a twat in class so every teacher had to write about my behaviour in their classes

And the 3rd time, I can't actually remember.

I know in my school they only used report cards as a last resort and for the cases which would affect education. And parents always had to sign each evening.

veryberry21 Tue 01-Feb-11 20:25:13

boody ridiculous! and on-call/the unit?

annh Tue 01-Feb-11 20:25:34

Can your child not explain to you what it means? I would have thought a child should only be put "on report" if they were old enough to understand and be able to relay what it meant? Otherwise, would agree with TheVisitor's summary of it.

veryberry21 Tue 01-Feb-11 20:36:36

oh my son isn't on report one of his friends is, he just mentioned it at dinner, no more said about it, i was just curious about what it was and how you get on it. My daughter has also mentioned it but none of them has actually told me what it means, i know it's something bad.

stealthsquiggle Tue 01-Feb-11 20:41:36

veryberry why ridiculous? It has always seemed to me a sensible and constructive means of discipline (DS's school use it as last resort).

Goblinchild Tue 01-Feb-11 20:44:02

Ridiculous because you don't understand it?

Flisspaps Tue 01-Feb-11 20:44:47

To be honest, it will depend entirely upon the school. It's not a standard thing that all schools would use. Each school probably has their own version of what 'on report' is.

Something that you'd be put 'on report' for in one school, you might not get put 'on report' in another for.

Flisspaps Tue 01-Feb-11 20:45:44

'On-call' and 'the unit' will again be a school-specific thing.

What one school might call the unit, might be called something else in another school. Others won't have one at all.

annh Tue 01-Feb-11 20:46:10

Veryberry21, I'm not sure why you would call something ridiculous when your family have no personal experience of it, you don't now what it is or why this particular child has been placed on report? It's usually only used where a pupil is persistently breaking the rules, sometimes is a danger to themselves or others, and is often only a step away from suspension. What would you have the school do instead?

TheVisitor Tue 01-Feb-11 20:47:28

"the unit" in my children's school is the internal exclusion unit. Children go there when they are being very disruptive in class.

mamsnet Tue 01-Feb-11 20:48:36

It doesn't sound in the least bit ridiculous to me. It sounds like a very consistent approach which would make it clear to a child that he/she had to behave at all times and for everybody, not just the teacher he'd misbehaved for.

alicatte Tue 01-Feb-11 20:49:34

It is exactly what The Visitor has described. If I were you I would make sure that my child did understand what the report was for and what the teachers are reporting on. It is usually a measure given for a finite time. Ask your child how long he will be on report and what his 'success criteria' are. If he doesn't understand ask the school for a meeting so that you and they can explain it to him/her.

Schools vary in how quickly this measure is used (in my experience) but it is not usually a 'first resort' - ask your child what else has happened, immediately before the report stage, did they have any discussions about behaviour and expectations. This measure generally doesn't work if the child does not understand why it has happened.

Good luck.

Goblinchild Tue 01-Feb-11 20:51:55

Her child isn't on report, she's just wondering on behalf of one of his friends who had been.

annh Tue 01-Feb-11 20:52:06

Alicatte, it's apparently not the OP's child who is on report, it's just something they mentioned. I still don't know why the OP doesn't just ask her child what the term means in their particular school?

veryberry21 Tue 01-Feb-11 20:53:02

don't get me wrong, before i new what it was i thought it was probably some kind of detetion not some serious detention thing, by the way my kids talk kids seem to be getting put "on Report" All the time, and my kids don't go to some sort of crime ridden community school, they go to one of the best in our area.

Goblinchild Tue 01-Feb-11 20:54:54

Consistent discipline strategies may be one of the ways that the school manages to be one of the best in your area. Still don't understand why you thought it was ridiculous though.

alicatte Tue 01-Feb-11 20:57:31

Ah sorry - should read all the posts first.

veryberry21 Tue 01-Feb-11 21:01:04

i know most of my childrens friends, they arn't crazy criminals, they're just pretty normal, sweet kids, can't imagine them being suspened or in serious trouble.So if being on report is really that terrible then what are they doing that's putting other kds or themseves in danger. --- erm isn't P.E a danger, i'm perfectly all for that, i dont go up to the school asking for it to be taken out of the ciriculum...
maybe i'm wrong but it's a bit of a step too far.

bulby Tue 01-Feb-11 21:08:59

So let me' get this right. It's a step too far for teachers to monitor a kids behaviour because that behaviour isn't as dangerous as pe? The idea of report is to ficus a child's attention on their behaviour and respond in a positive way, it has nothing to do with kids being criminals or whatever. Oh and even very good schools have 'naughty' children.

Goblinchild Tue 01-Feb-11 21:18:09

Continuous, low level disruptive behaviour would have you on report here.
Not crazy criminal, just stopping other people learning.

jenga079 Tue 01-Feb-11 21:18:39

What?! How can you decide a report is a 'step too far' when you know nothing about it? You don't know what the child has been put on report for, how long for, what the criteria for them doing well is or what the consequences of doing well/badly on it will be (all things which will surely have been communicated to the child and his/her parents)

If it's anything like our school, pupils will be put on report for consistent misbehaviour. This might be lateness, low level disruption, rudeness, etc. A report is a quick, simple way to gauge what their behaviour is like, whether it's improving, if there's a pattern (e.g. child good in Art, but terrible in maths) etc. It's also a good way for parents to see what their 'normal, sweet kid' is like at school.

'On call' probably means when a senior member of staff has to be called to deal with some challenging behaviour.

'The unit' is probably a room where a child is taken if they've been too disruptive to be allowed back to their lessons. They will work in isolation for the rest of the day.

Surely you'd prefer these things to happen than for your children's education to be disrupted by others?

veryberry21 Tue 01-Feb-11 21:26:38

oh sorry, i guess that makes more sense, someone worte beofre that it was "just a step before suspension".
just asked ds what friend was put on report for and he said somthing about answering back to their english teacher and saying that it was "discrimination". yeah i know proably going a little too far but to get in serious trouble for argueing, it's bad manners but not harming anyone.

Goblinchild Tue 01-Feb-11 21:34:05

It harms everyone else in the class who is trying to learn and concentrate whilst some smartarse is being cocky.
Sounds like the school has got its cohort sussed to me.

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