Many staff and students at St Joseph’s RC High School have started to embrace the use of digital technology following its introduction in January 2015. To ensure that technology is used effectively, as a tool designed to enhance learning, not to distract from it, Digital Leaders @ SJHS devised a set expectations as to how devices should be used in classrooms. Following feedback from staff and students, we have reviewed the document and made some minor amendments:
Again, we would like to highlight that this is not a set of rules. Instead, this document aims to provide guidance about appropriate conduct when using devices and is designed to work alongside our school’s existing behaviour policy. Pupils need to be aware that if devices are used in a way that is considered inappropriate by a member of staff, it could lead to confiscation. Staff will follow the normal disciplinary procedures first before resorting to confiscation. An example of this may be:
– Verbal warning: pupils to close their device or put it away in their bag.
– Removal: device to be put on the teacher’s desk for the duration of the lesson, before being returned at the end.
– Confiscation: further breaches may result in the device being confiscated. Confiscated devices will be labelled and stored securely in the school safe. The device will be confiscated until a parent or carer makes contact with the school.
Finally, we remain committed to regularly reviewing our expectations as staff and students adapt to using devices in the classroom to ensure it remains fit for purpose and would welcome any feedback either in the comments section below, via Twitter or by talking to a Digital Leader.