Rewards & Sanctions
We believe that a partnership with parents/carers is essential in promoting high standards of work and behaviour amongst children and we will keep parents regularly informed about their child’s progress.
We also believe that high standards of work and behaviour should be encouraged through a system of rewards for our children. We look for every opportunity to celebrate success and achievement, rewarding good behaviour, high attendance, effort, progress, academic achievement and many other areas of attainment. Children receive “Happy Certificates” and “Gold Certificates” (which they bring home) and are entered in the roll of honour book throughout the week. This is celebrated as a whole school, during community Friday school worship. We have “house teams”, which encourage the children to develop a team identity through a collaborative approach.
As we understand that children are not able to celebrate in the same way during the pandemic, following pupil discussions, pupils designed a new award – The Rainbow Award. This is an award that is shared with our community virtually recognising excellent and effort across the curriculum.
Behaviour in school is exemplary.”(Ofsted 2012) There are excellent role models and clear expectations which encourages children to behave well. The school has a system of consequences for children who choose to behave in an unacceptable way. We use the language of choice to encourage the children to understand that they are responsible for their own actions and the impact this has on other children in the school.
Where there are concerns about any child’s effort or behaviour we contact parents/carers as soon as possible, to work together to resolve the issue as quickly as possible.
The aim of the Academy is to create a system which is fair and consistent and which establishes a safe, orderly, positive environment in which both children and staff may flourish – so that children and teachers can learn together. We encourage children to take responsibility for their own actions which take account of mutual respect, good manners, consideration for others and acceptable speech so that children achieve self discipline based on common sense. “Behaviour is courteous and thoughtful, showing a real awareness of the needs and rights of others.” (Ofsted 2012)
We are a Rights Respecting School (UNICEF) and promote Restorative Practice which enables us to become citizens for the future, with strong sense of personal wellbeing.
These are the rights we have in our Academy:
- Pupils right to learn
- Teachers right to teach
- Everybody’s right to safety (physical and psychological)
- Everybody’s right to dignity and respect
In order to uphold these rights the children have negotiated the following rules during the Coronavirus pandemic:
We wash our hands regularly.
We try to keep a safe distance.
We stay in our family group at all times.
We are kind and listen to each other.
We tell our teachers if we are unwell.
We catch it, kill it, bin it.
These are adapted from our agreed school rules:
Keep hands and feet to yourself
In every classroom, the children negotiate their own rules, which all children are expected to follow.
The rewards children can expect when they display high standards of behaviour and the consequences which may arise if they choose not to follow the rules, are shared with all children and are outlined below.
We aim to praise good behaviour and reward children accordingly.
- Roll of Honour book
- Rainbow Awards – weekly nominations from every class
- House points
- End of term treats
- Displays of work
- Extra playtime
The continual positive reinforcement all day, every day, gives the child the extra esteem and motivates him/her to choose good rather than bad behaviour.
The consequences of choosing not to follow the Academy/class rules are clearly shared with the children and all staff follow the same system to ensure continuity and reinforce the same message.
If a child chooses not to follow rules, the child must accept the consequences of their action. This is a life skill and is crucially important to healthy development.
- First / Second Verbal warning
- Stay behind at the end of the lesson to discuss with Teacher
- Loss of playtime
- Withdrawal of privileges
- Discuss behaviour with Deputy Headteacher / Headteacher
- Behaviour referral
- Exclusions – fixed term or permanent
At any point a letter may be sent home, to keep parents fully informed.
If a child persistently misbehaves, causing regular low level disruption, or there is a serious case of misconduct then parents are informed. We hope that through our home/school partnership we are able to support your child together.