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13. Disciplining beyond the school gate covers the school’s response to non-criminal bad behaviour and bullying which occurs anywhere off the school premises and which is witnessed by a member of staff or reported to the school. The governing body must be satisfied that the measures proposed by the headteacher are lawful.
14. The governing body will need to ask the headteacher to consider what the school’s response should be to:
Any bad behaviour when the child is:
taking part in any school-organised or school-related activity;
travelling to or from school;
wearing school uniform; or
in some other way identifiable as a pupil at the school.
Or, misbehaviour at any time, whether or not the conditions above apply, that:
could have repercussions for the orderly running of the school;
poses a threat to another pupil or member of the public; or
could adversely affect the reputation of the school.
15. In all of these circumstances the headteacher should also consider whether it is appropriate to notify the police or anti-social behaviour coordinator in their local authority of the actions taken against a pupil. If the behaviour is criminal or poses a serious threat to a member of the public, the police should always be informed. In addition, school staff should consider whether the misbehaviour may be linked to the child suffering, or being likely to suffer, significant harm. In this case the school staff should follow its safeguarding policy.
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