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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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.
IT IS ESSENTIAL TO POINT OUT, HOWEVER, THAT WE EXPECT VERY FEW STUDENTS TO BE
DOING ANYTHING OTHER THAN ENJOYING WORKING WELL AT THE MARVELL COLLEGE AND
RECEIVING 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 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 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
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.