Restorative behaviour is at the heart of everything we do at The Marvell College.
Our Rewards and Behaviour Guide for Parents is designed to help parents understand the systems and sanctions at our school whilst recognising that we place a huge emphasis on students being rewarded for doing the right thing.
Praise will be given in every single lesson; in the student planner. Every teacher has a stamp; students earn Pride Points in a variety of ways such as answering questions, working hard in lessons and being kind to others. This is supported by rewards trips at during the academic year and rewards activities during the year.
The Marvell College wants to ensure that students are rewarded for their efforts, hard work and exemplary behaviour. We want parents to understand restorative behaviour and the following pages outline the school’s positive approach to ensuring pupils behave in a way which helps everyone in the community learn well and flourish both socially and emotionally. We would be grateful if you would read and discuss this with your child.
The rewards system will be based around ‘Pride Points’. All staff will carry a Pride Point Stamp and will use the stamp to award Pride Points when appropriate.
Pride Points should be rewarded throughout lessons to praise good work. This can include good individual work and an excellent answer given to a question.
When a student attends on time, with the full equipment and in an orderly and calm manner they will receive their first Pride Point. If they work hard in the lesson, complete set work and behave appropriately they can receive their second Pride Point.
Form Tutors can award up to two Pride Points each morning. The first is for attending form time on time, with the correct equipment and wearing the full uniform correctly. The second will be awarded to students for working hard and contributing well to form time.
Pride Points will be counted up each week by students and logged by tutors on the school system. When a student reaches a set amount of Pride Points then they will receive a certificate:
Pride Points can also be awarded by staff when students are not in lessons. These will be known as Community Pride Points. These can be given to students when they do something for the good of The Marvell College. For example if they pick up litter, open the door for someone else, seek a teacher if someone needs help or if they do something above and beyond for the good of someone else.
A student will also receive Pride Points for attending clubs, revision classes and representing the school in a variety of events or activities.
Carry their planners with them at all times to collect PRIDE Points.
Count their points once a week and their tutor will record these.
Subject postcards will be sent to students at designated times during the year. These will be sent by departments to reward students who are performing well in individual subject areas.
Prizes and Rewards
Students will be set a half termly target of Pride Points they must achieve in order to be eligible for the prize draw and rewards trips/ activities.
Students who accrue the designated amount will have the opportunity to win a range of exciting prizes.
Each week tutors will select two students from their form who have accrued 60 Pride Points, they will then receive an instant prize from their Head of Year.
At the end of the academic year there will be a big rewards trip. Depending on the number of Pride Points collected students will be able to receive a discount from the trip.
Major Awards Ceremonies
At the end of each term there will be an Awards Ceremony where students will receive individual awards from their subject and pastoral staff.
Good Behaviour – the Philosophy
Good behaviour is based around five very simple concepts:
I. That all young people feel valued and enjoy being rewarded for their effort.
II. That young people need clarity in terms of what constitutes acceptable behaviour and the consequences of poor behaviour.
III. That some young people need support to take responsibility for themselves, their actions and need to feel forgiven when problems are resolved.
IV. That effective communication between teachers, parents and students is essential in effective schools.
V. That young people need clarity about what is acceptable and the consequences of making mistakes
At The Marvell College we endeavour to maintain the highest standards of behaviour, uniform and attitudes to learning. We have a very clear and transparent approach to dealing with student behaviour.
We believe that children need to clearly understand the rules and we want to ensure clarity amongst staff and parents. Therefore, the language of the school rules is straightforward and accessible. This helps to underpin our restorative approach and has been agreed between students and staff.
Around the college rules:
The following are the around the college rules and will appear in the student planner:
I. Do as you are told by staff – first time, every time.
II. Be polite and respect the feelings of others; be kind at all times.
III. Wear your school uniform correctly at all times – remove/put on your jacket at the glass gate.
IV. This is your school; look after it. Look after property and put litter in bins.
V. Eat and drink in the right place at the right time.
VI. Walk around school sensibly and quietly. Remember the one way system and keep to the left; no shouting or running.
VII. The College opens at 08.00; be outside your form room and ready for morning registration at 08.45 and afternoon registration at 13:50. Pupils must move promptly to lessons. The College closes at 15.00; after 15:00 no pupil should be on site without staff permission.
The six important classroom rules are stated below and will appear in the new student planner:
I. Do as you are asked by staff – first time, every time
II. Do not answer back or challenge staff*
III. Listen carefully when the teacher or another person is talking
IV. Arrive on time, fully equipped and ready to work
V. Put your hand up and wait for permission to speak
VI Always try your best without disturbing others
*Students can raise a concern if they feel something is unfair but they must choose an appropriate time and place-this would normally be at break or lunchtime and with their Head of Year.
These are generic and should be applied in all lessons.
For student’s safety there is a one way system in place. If a student is not following the one way system a negative comment will be issued.
Smoking and the use of e-cigarettes is not allowed on school grounds. Any student caught smoking cigarettes/e-cigarettes or found with cigarettes/e-cigarettes or cigarette paraphernalia will be placed in the Reflection room at the discretion of the SLT.
At times, of course, we have to recognise and accept that young people will not behave or work in a manner which is acceptable. Where misdemeanours are minor or are a result of carelessness, it is likely that only a clear “verbal warning” will be issued. It is expected that this will be a sufficient prompt for most students to work acceptably.
Where misdemeanours around the college are more serious or are persistent in nature then comments will be placed in the student planner. Such comments may result in a student being placed in a Head of Year Detention, which runs for 1 hour after school the following evening. Where students’ behaviour is particularly disruptive or they persistently disrupt the good order of the college, then a period in the Reflection room may be issued.
Stickers will be issued to students who receive a yellow card or are given a Head of Year/ Senior Staff detention. The sticker will be issued on the day the child is informed and the detention will take place the following evening
The Reflection room is an extremely serious sanction. The Reflection room has a functional and purposeful environment where students will be provided with the work from their lesson. The room will be sully supervised at all times.
The level of commitment displayed by the student will be recorded on the Reflection room record sheets at the end of each period with the student’s performance being monitored at the end of the day. A student who works satisfactorily or better will re- join mainstream education, though a record of the period in the Reflection room will be kept on file. It may also be worth noting once again that this sanction, as with any sanction, can be reached through a gradual process of continued unacceptable behaviour or through the committing of a misdemeanour which is considered sufficiently serious to warrant such an immediate sanction. If a student behaves inappropriately in the Reflection room, then a member of the Senior Leadership Team will decide on the next appropriate action.
Only in extreme circumstances of persistently disruptive behaviour will the Head Teacher/ Deputy Head Teacher consider the option of a suspension.
Restorative approaches help to support and move on from negative behaviour; these restorative approaches include: family problem solving circles, solution focused interventions, restorative parental meetings which involve the wider family.
It is essential to highlight, that we expect very few students to be doing anything other than enjoying school life and working well at The Marvell College. As a result they will receive the rewards and benefits that go with such an approach.
The Student Planner
The student planner is at the heart of the restorative behaviour system and is the main form of contact and communication between home and school.
All students must carry their planners with them at all times when in school. Students who arrive at school without their planners on the third occasion in a half term will issued a Head of Year detention. On the first occasion students will be provided with a planner sheet (a replacement planner page) to use on that day.
We expect students to be proud of their planner and therefore the planner should not be defaced; if the planner is defaced in any way the student must buy a new planner. If the planner is graffitied or damaged a new planner must be bought at a cost of £4.50.
The planner should be signed on the previous week by a parent or carer and this will be checked by the Form Tutor each week. If the planner is not signed on the previous week the form tutor will issue a negative comment on the previous week.
Mobile phones are brought to school at students’ own risk and must be switched off and left in bags during the school day. They must not be on view or in a student’s pocket.
If any student has a mobile out on school premises or it goes off, it will be confiscated until the end of the school day. Repeat offenses during a half term period may result in parents/carers being called in and having to collect the phone.
At The Marvell College we are determined to provide our students with a safe, secure and happy environment in which to learn. We expect high standards of behaviour and do our best to encourage our students to mature into responsible and valued members of the community. Bullying will not be tolerated.
It can usually take one of four forms
Physical e.g. hitting, fighting, taking belongings
Verbal e.g. name-calling, insulting remarks – Any verbal bullying that is construed as racist, sexist or homophobic may result in a suspension. The Marvell College adopts a zero tolerance policy on this form of deeply offensive bullying.
Indirect e.g. rumour-mongering, excluding someone from social groups
Cyber-bullying e.g. texting, use of websites etc
Raising awareness through the curriculum
Bullying is a major element of the PSHE programme in Year 7 so that students are immediately aware that bullying behaviour is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.
PSHE lessons throughout KS3 and KS4 continue to address the problem of bullying and peer pressure during the examination of other topics, such as drugs, adolescence.
Form Tutors are encouraged to discuss bullying as and when appropriate.
English and Drama lessons may be used to explore bullying issues.
Assemblies are periodically used as a vehicle for raising awareness, using relevant examples.
Audits are taken, through questionnaires of students’ experiences of bullying which then inform the PSHE curriculum.
All incidents are treated seriously by staff and referred to the Year Teams/Senior Member of staff as soon as possible.
Written statements are taken from all students involved.
Both the ‘victim’ and the ‘bully’ are made aware that the school views any incident of bullying very seriously.
It is imperative that the victim is supported and is given help.
Every effort must be made to resolve the situation immediately. Where appropriate, ‘victim’ and ‘bully’ should be brought together to discuss the incident as part of our restorative practice.
Follow up procedures should check that the bullying has not resumed. The Lead Member of staff will judge the seriousness of the incident. In the case of a minor ‘one off’ incident, in which no physical harm is done, a reprimand may be sufficient. More serious or persistent cases will necessitate the involvement of the Assistant Head Teacher. In these cases, parents must be informed and invited into school.
Sanctions must be clear, consistent and appropriate to the seriousness of the incident.
Where other strategies do not resolve the problem, permanent exclusion may be justified in the most serious and persistent cases, particularly where violence is involved.