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Parents question Oasis Academy over 'progress passports'

A school has been meeting parents over a controversial behaviour policy put in place at the beginning of term.

The Oasis Academy introduced a new passport system where pupils carry a mini booklet noting achievements and any punishments.

However, not all parents agreed with the idea and have had one-to-one meetings with principal John Cavadino to iron out any issues with the 3 P’s Passport, which stands for ‘prepared, polite and productive’.

Principal John Cavadino
Principal John Cavadino

An academy spokesman said all parents’ questions were answered, adding: “The system has had a couple of weeks to be embedded and students, parents and staff have reported a much-improved school environment.”

But some parents feel there is an inconsistency in how the rules are interpreted by different teachers.

One parent, who did not want to be named, said: “If pupils misbehave it’s absolutely fine for them to be punished, but it’s when the reasons for punishments are not good enough.

“It seems pupils are being sent straight to reflection for everything.

“If a child punches another child in the face, they get the same punishment as someone wearing their coat indoors.

The passport has had a mixed reaction: Pupils Cody Hester, 13, Aidan Sherwood, 12, and Kyle Whibley, also 12
The passport has had a mixed reaction: Pupils Cody Hester, 13, Aidan Sherwood, 12, and Kyle Whibley, also 12

“There’s no emphasis on education and that’s what children go to school for.

“Guidelines need to be consistent and fair, but they’re not.”

The academy stressed all staff have been trained on the new system and explained students have to get three behaviour points before being set a detention.

The spokesman said: “Behaviour points are given within the context of good, measured classroom management and this has been explained to staff.

“Rather than being draconian, the system is primarily based upon reward and achievement points where students are recognised for their hard work and good conduct."

"Our students know what constitutes as inappropriate behaviour.”

Some parents raised issues over the cost of a replacement passport at £5, saying it would put families under financial pressure.

In response, the academy spokesman added: “Our objective in charging £5 is to ensure our students take the system seriously and learn to take responsibility of their passport.

“In cases of financial difficulty, as with all expenditure, the academy works on a case-by-case basis to support families.”

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