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Behaviour and rewards

Our full Behaviour and Rewards policy is being developed and will soon be available on our policies page.

However, at the core of how we manage behaviour are the following ideas:

  • that positive behaviour will be consistently rewarded
  • that poor behaviour will be consistently challenged
  • that students will be offered the opportunity to improve their behaviour through 'Choice, Chance and Consequence'.


Rewarding positive behaviour

At Westfield School we recognise that behaviour that leads to rewards are more likely to be repeated. Therefore, staff are encouraged to consistently reward positive behaviour and celebrate these positive achievements with parents and peers.  

A range of rewards will be used across the school and will be both informal and formal.

Informal rewards include:

  • smiles/positive eye contact/gestures
  • targeted praise statements to an individual student or groups of students
  • peer group praise, both spontaneous and planned
  • direct positive praise home to parents
  • sharing good work and behaviour with peers/adults/senior staff
  • written comment on work/in books
  • displaying good work
  • recognition and celebration of learning and behaviour in assembly.

ARKS points

We are committed to rewarding students who consistently meet our high expectations of them. Every lesson students should be given rewards for the following:

ARKS 1 – for expected behaviour:

  • Be on time.
  • Be equipped.
  • Be in the correct uniform with shirt tucked in and blazers on.
  • Complete classwork and home learning to the expected standard.
  • Be kind to others.

ARKS 2 – for being above expectation:

All of ARKS 1 plus one or more of:

  • Being kind and supportive towards other students.
  • Contributing positively to the lessons.
  • Producing work and home learning above the expected standard.

ARKS 3 – for consistently surpassing expectations:


  • Consistently above expectations (ARKS 2).


  • Highly ambitious home learning, classwork and/or effort in the lesson.


challenging negative behaviour

We have a positive behaviour management policy that aims to capture and reward students doing the right thing. However, where a student’s behaviour does not meet our expectations their behaviour will be challenged and, where appropriate sanctioned.

A range of consequences (sanctions) will be used across the school and will be both formal and informal. Any consequences used to address unwanted behaviours are designed as restorative learning opportunities, in which the impact of the behaviour can be highlighted and addressed to ensure a positive outcome and a reduction in the recurrence of those behaviours over time.

Informal consequences may include:

  • use of planned or tactical ignoring
  • facial expression of disapproval
  • verbal warnings, reminders of our expectations and reprimands
  • loss of privileges or rewards
  • restorative conversations and discussions
  • referral to another classroom to complete work.

Formal consequences are implemented following due consideration of any incident. Our formal consequences include:

  • behaviour points
  • after school detention when 'consequence' has been reached.
  • school-based community service or imposition of a task – such as picking up litter or weeding school grounds, tidying a classroom, helping clear up the dining hall after meal times, or removing graffiti
  • reporting to Key Worker, Pastoral Manager or Head of Hall
  • seclusion
  • fixed term exclusion.


Choice, chance or consequence

Choice, chance, consequence is both the process and the language that all colleagues should use when challenging poor behaviour choices from students, particularly in the classroom.


If a student is behaving in an inappropriate, unhelpful or disruptive way, colleagues will calmly explain to the student why their behaviour is unwanted and remind them to make the right choice to change their behaviour. Where possible, this conversation should take place privately. “… are making a poor choice by talking when you should be working. I need you to stop talking and complete the task.”


If a student’s unwanted behaviour continues after being reminded to make the right choice, the student will be given a final chance to change their behaviour. “… are continuing to make a poor choice by talking when you should be working. I need you to stop talking. You now have a final chance to change this behaviour. If you continue to make this poor choice you will be removed to the Faculty Referral Room and receive an after-school detention.”


If the student continues to display the unwanted behaviour in the classroom, they will be instructed to go and work in the Faculty Referral Room in a calm, non-confrontational way. “… are continuing to make a poor choice by talking and not completing your work. I need you to take your work to Mrs. X in room X which is the Faculty Referral Room. You will receive a detention tomorrow after school”.