Rewards and Sanctions
As staff we model the good behaviour we expect from our students, through our behaviour, appearance and through our punctuality.
We recognise and reward achievement and behaviour in all aspects of college life and aim to use rewards as a motivating factor for sustained effort.
Rewards are recorded by staff electronically using SIMs. Rewards carry varying numbers of points which feed into inter-house competitions.
There are two awards commonly available in lessons:
- Credit (achievement, effort, other) (1pt) - awarded for individual pieces of good work or sustained effort
- Positive Referral (5pts) – awarded for an individual piece of outstanding work. When awarding a positive referral, it is usual to send the student to show the work to a member of the SLT. The student will also receive a letter home
In addition, staff may award the following rewards:
- Citizenship (1pt) – for an act which helps the MVC community eg helping another student
- Assembly (1pt) – for taking part in an assembly
- Sporting Representation (1pt) – for each appearance in a school team
- Library Helper (2pts) – for helping in the library
- Performing Arts Representation (2pts) – for participation in a performing arts event
- College Representation (2pts) – for representing the college in public
There are celebration assemblies at the end of each term and these are an opportunity to celebrate student achievement in its broadest sense, recognising academic, extra-curricular and personal success and improvement.
There is an annual Key Stage 4 Presentation Evening in the Autumn Term. This is a formal occasion and subject prizes and GCSE certificates are awarded.
Whenever possible staff will accentuate the positive, but inevitably there are occasions when sanctions are necessary. A new set of clear expectations came into place in September 2012. These are outlined separately but are designed to encourage students to take responsibility for their own actions. There is also an emphasis on restorative justice – working with students to help them consider their actions and try to ensure they do not happen again.
In the first instance, class teachers deal with issues themselves (unless it is a very serious case). If they wish to give a child a lunchtime detention then this is written in the planner and recorded on SIMs. Within all sanctions there is a hierarchy starting with the classroom teacher/tutor and passing through the Head of Faculty to the SLT.
A student whose behaviour in a lesson is of a sufficient level to interfere with and prevent the learning of others may be immediately referred within the department according to the dept. referral timetable. Heads of Faculty may refer students to the SLT during a lesson if necessary.
A student who swears at a member of staff should be sent straight to SLT referral. These students will be removed from mainstream education for a period of time.
The Reflection Room
The Reflection Room is used for students who have built up a large number of behaviour points and therefore may be at risk of exclusion. It is managed by the Inclusion Team and overseen by the Senior Leadership Team.
Students in the Reflection Room will be out of circulation for a number of days (including break and lunchtime) and will be encouraged to reflect on their behaviour before returning to normal lessons. They may find themselves on report as part of their re-integration. Subject teachers of students in the Reflection Room are required to provide suitable work for their students to ensure that their learning continues.
Monitoring Achievement and Behaviour
Tutors analyse weekly reports of the achievements and behaviours of those in their form. This informs their conversations with those students and enables them to build up an accurate picture of their tutees. Achievement and behaviour points are used to facilitate an inter-house competition, updated each week. In this way, positive peer pressure is exerted on students across the college.
Parents are entitled to access achievements and behaviours recorded on SIMs, including comments.
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