Expectations before and after school:
- Follow the instructions of staff.
- Show respect to adults and peers; use language appropriately.
Expectations during lessons:
- Be on time and ready to start
- Follow the instructions of staff at all times
- Be respectful to staff
- Be respectful to peers (if working in a group)
- Complete tasks set
- The use of the internet will be monitored by a staff at all times
- No use of mobile phones in lessons.
- Do not leave the classroom without staff’s permission
Expectations at breaktime and lunchtimes:
- Follow the instructions of staff at all times.
- Do not move around the school building without the permission or support of staff.
- Interact appropriately with peers and staff.
- Practise good social skills while at the dining table, no mobile phones or wearing of hoodies.
- Engage in appropriate conversations.
- Practise good social skills while playing with peers; good turn taking, proper use of language.
- Mobile phones will not be allowed in school if they are a distraction, if they are putting students at risk or if they are preventing learning.
- Personal items that were not agreed during induction as a part of the student’s programme will not be allowed in school. Students MUST hand personal items into the site deputy at the door at the start of the school day. These MUST be collected at the end of the day by the student.
Expectations while on mobility:
- Listen to staff and follow instructions
- Show respect to staff and peers
- Show respect to members of the community
The school’s core values and code of conduct are tied into a very robust reward system that is supported by five main points. These are referred to as the student's Responsibility Points. The basic concept behind the points system is that each student has responsibilities to himself or herself, and the others in the school.
Their actions are their responsibility. They have 5 points in their possession at the start of each lesson.
- Point 1 - Be on time and ready to start
- Point 2 - Listen and follow instructions
- Point 3 - Use appropriate behaviour and language
- Point 4 - Show and earn respect
- Point 5 - Complete task set
Students choose to keep them, or give them away by not following the responsibility expectations of each point.
Each week, in Tutorial, the student reviews the points they have kept and receives a certificate to represent 40-59%; 60-79%; 70-99% or a Gold certificate which records the keeping of 100% of these points.
What do these certificates earn?
40 - 59 target earns a yellow merit : Value 1
60 - 79 target earns a green merit : Value 2
80 - 100 target earns a purple merit : Value 3
100/100 earns a gold certificate
Each gold certificate gains rewards at the end of each term
The value of the merits is added up every 5 weeks or half term
5 yellow merits = Value 5
2 green merits + 3 yellow merits = Value 7
5 purple merits = Value 15
0 – 4 = 0
5 – 9 = £5.00 voucher
10 – 13 = £10.00 voucher
14 – 15 = £15.00 voucher
- The rewards are not merely vouchers.
- They begin with positive verbal reinforcement for students’ choice of good behaviours in each lesson, and a positive verbal reinforcement at the end of the day for the positive choices made.
- Each lesson is a fresh start so that students can turn their day into a positive experience at any time.
- Lunch time is included, as it is part of the social interaction monitoring which informs the behaviour plans.
- The Responsibility Points Chart records the points retained or given up. This allows Individual Behaviour Plans to be designed and monitored weekly, to show progress for set targets.
- At the end of each week, in Individual Tutorial time, a review is held to discuss the progress made and to set targets for the next week.
- The certificate is awarded on a Friday and it may be taken home or displayed in the student’s classroom. Verbal praise at this time also rewards the student. Progress is charted for them to see.
- Post 16 students, in the sixth form, may choose to have half-termly Certificates, but this is reflected on an individual basis.