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Restorative Behaviour

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 a rewards trip at the start of every 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 new 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


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:




Praise phone call

250 Bronze

500 Silver

650 Gold Tutor Award (750 from Sept) Tutor

900 Platinum (1000 from Sept)

1250 Head of Year Award HOY

1500 Senior Staff Award Senior Link

1750 Head Teacher Award Head Teacher

2000 Governor’s Award Governor’s Award

2250 Head of Governor’s Award Letter Home from Head of Governor

2500 The Marvell PRIDE Award

3000 The Marvell PRIDE Diamond Award Letter from HCAT


Pride Points should be recorded in the student planner from September. In the first

instance, from its launch on March 20th 2017 the students will collect their Pride Points in

weekly booklets.

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.


Students should:

Carry their Pride Point Collectors with them at all times.

Count their points once a week.


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 new 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. Outside lessons keep to your designated areas: year group social areas.

VIII. The College opens at 8.00 am; be outside your form room and ready for morning registration at 8.45 am, outside your designated classroom for afternoon lessons at 12.55 pm. The college closes at 3.00 pm; after 3.00 pm no pupil should be on site without staff permission


Classroom Rules:

The seven important classroom rules are stated below and will appear in the new student


I. Do as you are told 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

VII Stand in silence at the end of the lesson until you are dismissed


*Children 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 isn’t

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 isolation 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



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 Senior Staff Detention or period in isolation 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.


Isolation is an extremely serious sanction. The Isolation Room has a functional and

purposeful environment where students will be provided with a bank of work from key

curriculum areas. 


Students will be isolated in the fullest sense of the word. They will eat lunch in the

Isolation Room and at no time will the isolated student be allowed to socialise with other

students. The room will be fully supervised at all times.


The duration of the day in the Isolation Room will be from 8:45am – 3:45pm. All students

who are placed in isolation will be provided with a work pack for the day.


The level of commitment displayed by the student will be recorded on the Isolation Record

Sheets at the end of each period with the student’s performance being monitored at the end

of each day. A student who works satisfactorily or better will re- join mainstream education

though a record of the period of isolation 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 Isolation, 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 fixed term exclusion.


Restorative approaches help to support move on from poor behavior; these restorative

approaches include: family problem solving circles, solution focused interventions,

restorative parental meetings which involve the wider family.






The Student Planner

The student planner is at the heart of the restorative behaviour system and is the

main form of contact 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 be placed in Isolation for a day. 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. If the planner is graffitied, the student will spend a day in isolation.

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.

This will ruin the clean slate from the previous week.


Mobile Phones

Mobile phones are brought to school at students’ own risk and must be

switched off during the school day.

If any student has a mobile out on school premises or it goes off, it will be

confiscated. On the third time this happens in any half term the mobile phone is

confiscated and will not be returned until the parent/carer comes into the college to

collect it.



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 will result in an exclusion. 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 PSCHE programme in Year 7 so that students are

immediately aware that bullying behaviour is unacceptable and will not be


PSCHE lessons throughout KS3 and KS4 continue to address the problem of bullying

and peer pressure during the examination of other topics, such as drugs,


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


Audits are taken, through questionnaires of students’ experiences of bullying which

then inform the PSHCE 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


Sanctions must be clear, consistent and appropriate to the seriousness of the


Where other strategies do not resolve the problem, permanent exclusion may be

justified in the most serious and persistent cases, particularly where violence is


When investigating a fight, it is important to identify whether it has arisen

through bullying. If a student has been severely provoked, this must be taken into

account when dealing with the incident. If both parties have been provoked by

third parties, it is important to identify the provocateur(s) and deal with them

appropriately. N.B. We must never give the impression that we condone retaliation,

although we should treat incidents of this nature sensitively.