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Behaviour and rewards

Our full Behaviour and Rewards policy is currently being reviewed and will be published shortly 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.

Formal rewards, which are to be recorded in Sims and viewable via parent portal, include:

  • 'achievos'
  • positive postcards
  • praise slips
  • certificates
  • headteacher award
  • student standard award.

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

Westfield behaviour expectations are clearly displayed in all classrooms and embedded in the Westfield Student Standard. Students choose how they behave and when making poor behaviour choices in a classroom staff will follow a choice, chance, consequence process.

  • Choice: students will be reminded of the expectation they are not meeting and asked to make a better choice or accept the consequence of their actions.
  • Chance: students will be informed that have been given a chance to correct their behaviour but they are continuing to make the wrong choice and will be issued a behaviour point (chance). They will also be asked to make a better choice.
  • Consequence: if a student’s behaviour continues to disrupt the learning of others, they will be removed from the lesson to a Faculty Referral Room. They will be issued with 2 behaviour points and placed in a whole school detention which takes place after school for half an hour.

If a student refuses to go to the referral room or becomes aggressive and defiant, 'On-Call'  will be sent for and the student will be secluded for the day and parents/carers will be informed on the day of the incident.