Rewards and consequences
At our academy we respect our students by having high expectations of them in terms of their:
- attitude to learning
The choices that our students make have consequences:
- positive choices lead to praise and rewards.
- negative choices are challenged and can lead to sanctions.
Staff keep a record of positive and negative behaviours on a website called Class Charts (www.classcharts.com) which students and their parents/carers can also access.
Praise and rewards
Every time a student does something well, they receive Class Charts points. There are many different categories, ranging from excellent presentation to effort in a lesson, leadership and taking part in extra-curricular activities.
Class Charts points can be redeemed in the online shop, where students can buy pens and pencils, vouchers for high street stores or can put the money towards academy trips.
Other ways in which we recognise the achievements of our students include:
- praise from teachers, including postcards for good effort in lessons
- certificates and badges presented in assemblies for achievement in lessons and attendance
- rewards trips for good attendance and behaviour
- end of year and end of school ceremonies
Dealing fairly with negative behaviour
Our students have the right to learn in a safe environment, without disruption from other students. Our system of consequences is there to keep our students safe, to create a calm environment for learning, and also to give students a chance to reflect and change their behaviour when it falls short of our expectations.
Staff follow a consequences grid to ensure they treat students fairly and consistently. The grid has seven levels, from C0 to C7. Below are some examples of poor behaviour choices, and the consequences they bring.
C0 – an intervention is logged on Class Charts where a student is asked to move seat within the classroom. The student will have already received a reminder and a warning before reaching this stage.
C1 – 30 minute detention for being late to school without a valid reason, failing to complete an Independent Learning Task or for failing to bring the correct PE kit.
C2 – 45 minute detention for being removed from a lesson, or where improvements have not been seen from C1 consequences.
C3 – detention with the head of department for repeatedly being removed from the same lesson or where improvements have not been seen from C2 consequences.
To avoid a students’ poor behaviour escalating to C4, staff should try various strategies such as phone calls home and meetings with parents and carers, meetings with relevant staff etc.
C4 – a 1 hour detention on a Friday afternoon for behaviours including: persistent failure to meet uniform standards or to be equipped for lessons; failure to follow the Mobile Phone Charter, refusing to follow instructions and inappropriate language.
C5 – a day or more in Internal Exclusion for behaviours such as bullying, theft, smoking and acting aggressively towards other students or staff.
C6 – Fixed term exclusions for behaviours including: extreme violent behaviour or extreme graffiti and theft.
C7 – Permanent exclusion for behaviours including: possession of illegal substances or offensive weapons.
The different levels help staff to treat similar poor behaviours in the same way. Students who face consequences are expected to improve their behaviour – if they do not, they will move to more severe levels of consequences.