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​The Abu Dhabi Educational Council (ADEC) believes that every student has the right to be educated in a safe, supportive, and orderly school environment, free from disruptions and obstacles that get in the way of learning.
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In addition, teachers have the right to teach in a school environment that is both respectful and welcoming. ADEC is committed to supporting schools and principals in creating and maintaining a positive school environment.

 Framework for Positive Student Behaviour

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The framework for positive school behaviour is made up of students’ heritage and UAE culture, a positive school setting, and good parental and community relationships that work together to improve education. This framework helps students develop and manage positive and appropriate behaviour in school, in class, and in their community.

Students in Abu Dhabi schools are encouraged to be active and positive members of the school and community.

The school supports positive student behaviour by recognizing students with age and gender appropriate rewards. For students’ misconduct, schools have policies for fair and appropriate disciplinary actions.
Students in Abu Dhabi schools are encouraged to be active and positive members of the school and community. ADEC promotes a school climate that will help students learn and be successful in school. One key area is in supporting student’s positive behaviour.

ADEC has created Guidelines for Managing Student Behavior Policy to help both students and parents understand what positive behaviour means and how to get recognized for it in school and classes.

This policy also describes the consequences for student misconduct that is fair and reasonable.
Goals of ADEC Student Behavior Policy:

  • Support and promote students’ positive attitude.
  • Develop students’ fine and righteous character, making their understanding of good citizenship stronger.
  • Increase and raise student’s behavior awareness and encourage them to respect school and UAE public laws.
  • Create a positive educational and learning environment suitable for students, teachers, and school administration in order to help achieve the goals of education and the learning process.
  • Create a stable, secure, and disciplined school community and limit/eliminate student misconduct.

 Student Code of Conduct

Students in Abu Dhabi schools are expected to act and behave in a way that promotes a positive school environment. The following code of conduct is expected of all students attending schools in Abu Dhabi. The code of conduct applies while students are in school, on school grounds, participating in school-led field trips, and attending any extra-curricular activities sponsored by the school.

ADEC expects that all students will:

  • Follow all the instructions and rules of the school and the classroom.
  • Behave responsibly and will not put other people or themselves in danger or at risk of danger.
  • Take care of the school building(s), equipment, or property of the school and/or other people.
  • Arrive at school and lessons on time and, if absent, provide the office with a signed note from your parent explaining latenesses and/or absences.
  • Participate to promote a positive school community.
  • Demonstrate a positive attitude towards studying and learning as Act appropriately so as not to disrupt the classroom or the learning of others.
  • Commit to the heritage and culture of the UAE in such a way that they behave honestly and conduct themselves with dignity.
  • Show respect to all teachers, school personnel, fellow students, their families, and members of the community.

 Students’ Rights and Responsibilities

All ADEC students are expected to honor and practice their student rights and responsibilities.

Student Rights

All students have the right to:

  • Be provided with a high quality education.
  • Be safe and respected in a welcoming school environment.
  • Be treated with respect and fairness by teachers, staff, and fellow students.
  • Be supported by parents, guardians, or designated members at school meetings.
  • Have confidential school records not disclosed without written permission by self, parents, or authorities.
  • Be provided with appropriate educational activities that promotes their talents, abilities, and potential.
  • Get immediate recognition for good behaviour both in class and whilst at school.
  • Be supported in how to change misconduct to positive student behaviour.

Student Responsibilities

All students are responsible for:

  • Following all policies, rules, and regulations set forth by ADEC and their school.
  • Following the Student Code of Conduct and Student Rights and Responsibilities.
  • Engaging as an active learner and contributing and participating positively to the learning environment.
  • Contributing to the school community.
  • Contributing to and promoting a positive school environment.

 Positive Recognition and Rewards

All students like getting recognition for good behaviour. Students respond better when they are encouraged and rewarded for positive behaviour and actions. Once students realize that positive behaviour brings about positive recognition, they are more likely to behave appropriately.

There are many ways that students can get recognition in school, such as:

KG/CYCLE 1

  • Raise your hand and wait to be called on by your teacher.
  • Be nice to other students – share a snack or a pencil with them.
  • Do something nice for someone else – help someone or make them laugh if they are sad.
  • Be safe – do not hit or push others; someone could get hurt.
  • Speak nicely to your teacher, classmates, and friends. Don’t say mean things to or about anyone.
  • If you see rubbish in your class, throw it away properly.
  • Don’t throw rubbish on the ground or on the floor.
  • If you see someone doing something unsafe, tell an adult.
  • If you find money or property that does not belong to you, give it to your teacher or an adult.
  • Always try to do your best work in your classes.

CYCLE 2/CYCLE 3

  • Be polite in your classes, wait to be called on and do not talk out of turn.
  • Be on time and attend all your classes unless you have a signed excuse.
  • Speak nicely to other classmates or peers; do not say hurtful things to or about anyone.
  • Remember that hands are never for hurting, but only for helping; do not hit or push anyone.
  • Be kind and help someone with their books or back pack.
  • Be honest and do your work yourself; ask for help from your teachers if you need extra support.
  • If you see rubbish in your class, throw it away properly.
  • Don’t throw rubbish on the ground or on the floor.
  • If you see someone doing something unsafe, or hear someone else being unkind to someone – try to stop it and/or tell an adult.
  • If you find money or property that does not belong to you, turn it in to your teacher or an adult.
  • Study for tests and exams, complete projects on time and to the best of your ability; ask for help when needed.

These are just a few of the ways that students can show positive behaviour. Learning is better when all students contribute to a positive learning environment. All ADEC schools are encouraged to support their own system for developing students’ positive behaviour.

The school system should reward and/or recognize the academic and behavioural successes of students as it happens or as soon as possible, and provide many opportunities for all students to earn recognition and/rewards for good behaviour.

 Disciplinary Actions

If a student should misbehave, ADEC categorizes student misconduct into three levels of behavior intervention, each of the categories requiring varying disciplinary approaches for modifying and correcting the inappropriate student behavior.

The disciplinary action that is used to address student misconduct should be firm, consistent, and clear so that students understand what the misconduct was and how they can change it to positive behaviour. The disciplinary action will be in compliance with all ADEC and UAE laws, policies, and guidelines.

The disciplinary action will be in compliance with all ADEC and UAE laws, policies, and guidelines.

In the event that a student engages in serious or repeat misconduct, there is a process that the schools and ADEC will follow. All students have the right to a fair appeal process for disciplinary actions.

ADEC will support schools and students in developing behavioural plans for students who need additional support in modifying negative behaviour and supporting changes to positive behaviourIn response and according to the misconduct level and the frequency of the misbehaviour, the teacher intervenes and follows a procedure for trying to help a student change their behaviour before the situation gets worse.

If a student’s misconduct does not change, the teacher and school will follow their school policy/ADEC Guidelines for Managing Student Behaviour in Abu Dhabi schools policy based on the level of seriousness of the misconduct.

 Banned Disciplinary Actions

It is prohibited for any school administrator or teacher/teaching staff to use any of the following ways for applying disciplinary action against a student:

  • Any type of physical punishment
  • A teacher lowering or threatening to lower a student’s grades
  • Punishing a group of students for the misconduct of an individual student
  • Giving a student more school work
  • Making fun of or insulting a student in private and/or public
  • Depriving a student of using toilet facilities and/or of food
  • Student Misconduct
Level One Misconduct– Behaviour that disrupts teaching and learning.
Behaviors may include, but are not limited to:
  • Tardiness
  • Unexplained absences
  • Incorrect school uniform
  • Not bringing the necessary books, equipment, and/or supplies like pens, paper, etc.
  • Disruptive classroom and/or school behavior
  • Breaking classroom rules
  • Defying school authority and staff members
  • Abusive or inappropriate language toward peers and teachers

Level Two – Any behavior that results in increased or serious disruption of the teaching and learning environment or that may cause physical and/or mental injury to self or others. For Level Two offences that involve vandalism, parents may be held responsible for paying part/all of the costs of the damage.

Behaviors may include, but are not limited to:

  • Fighting with and/or bullying other students
  • Theft
  • Trespassing
  • Vandalism
  • Using cell phones during school time
  • Leaving school without permission
  • Cheating on exams or assignments
  • Providing false documents (e.g. signing letters without the permission or knowledge of parents)

Level Three – Any behavior that results in physical endangerment of fellow students, school staff, and/or other people. Behaviours in Level Three may, at times, be violating UAE laws.For Level Three offences that involve vandalism, parents may be held responsible for paying part/all of the costs of the damage.

Behaviors may include, but are not limited to:

  • Fighting
  • Assault
  • Possessing, selling, or consuming illegal substances,
  • Possessing and/or selling weapons or explosives
  • Committing major actions contradictory to Islamic values and morality

For more details about the behavior management system, please refer to the Guidelines for Managing Student Behavior in Abu Dhabi Schools.

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