Rewards and Sanctions

What We Mean By Good Behaviour

We have agreed that good behaviour means that everyone in school is:

  • Careful and kind
  • Polite and friendly
  • Helpful to each other
  • Have excellent behaviour for learning (eg – be team-workers, show resilience, be reflective learners, participate well, become self-managers, be resourceful thinkers, show independence in their learning).
  • Following our school rules

The Benefits Of Good Behaviour In Our School

At St. Stephen’s C.E. Primary School, we believe that, because staff, pupils and parents value good social behaviour:


  • Learn what good behaviour means
  • Learn to care for one another
  • Learn the value of friendship
  • Develop self-confidence
  • Do as well as possible in their school work


  • Teach effectively with few behaviour problems
  • Try to meet the needs of all pupils
  • Make positive contacts with all parents



  • Are valued as partners with the school in developing effective school behaviour
  • Know that their children will receive support when they need it
  • Feel welcome in school to discuss their childrens’ progress in a positive atmosphere

Agreed School Rules

Our school rules have been devised by pupils and staff and are as follows:


  1. We always do what an adult asks first time
  2. We are polite and caring
  3. We do not hurt others
  4. We walk quietly and sensibly around school
  5. We take care of our own things and those of others

We expect our school rules to be followed throughout the school day including lunchtimes when the Midday Assistants are responsible for the children. Any partner agency delivering extended services on the school site will be expected to follow our school rules.

What Happens When A Child Misbehaves?

To provide a consistent approach to consequences and to ensure that all children can see a fair approach, a ‘BUILDING BLOCK’ of consequences will be used.

Children will learn about the ‘Golden Rules’ – the rules of the class which will be agreed upon during the first week. All children are expected to keep to those rules and will understand that they have a choice as to whether or not they keep they rules. It is a child’s choice – so if they choose to break the rules, s/he has chosen to accept the consequences.

For some children, breaking the rules is rare and it may be that the adult needs just to have a quiet word and the child will be fine. However, some children may break a rule on a number of occasions during a morning or afternoon, in which case, staff will keep to the following consequences:


Number of instances of poor behaviour during lessons A Building Block of Consequences
1 Non-Verbal communication from adult
2 Adult to show examples of good peer behaviour
3 A reminder of the importance of good behaviour from the adult
4 Name on the board. Child sits away from others for rest of the lesson
5 Tick after name. Two-minute chat at playtime/lunchtime
6 Time out in another class (no longer than 15 minutes) Teacher will then phone/speak to parents at hometime
7 Child sent to Headteacher
8 Headteacher phones for parental interview. Child works in another class or in Headteacher’s office.
9 If no improvement, child may be put on blue report for 1 week. Parents will be called in to see Headteacher.
10 If no improvement, child will be put on green report for 1 week. Parents will be spoken with after the second week.
11 Child will be put on red report for one week. If no improvement, the child will receive a short-term exclusion.
SEVERE CLAUSE In the event of a child threatening or actually harming him/herself or others OR if a child’s behaviour is preventing the teacher from teaching and the other children from learning, then the Headteacher will be sent for to take the child out of the classroom. Parents will be called and a decision made as to further action which may or may not include the possibility of a fixed-term exclusion or permanent exclusion.


It is very rare for children to get beyond number 6. Most children acquiesce and behave well. Some persist and in those instances, the Headteacher will be involved.

This building block will be displayed in classrooms, alongside the list of rewards that we offer for good behaviour. A copy of sanctions and rewards will be sent to parents/carers.

Lunchtime Incidents

  1. Verbal Warning
  2. Pupil removed from play for 5 minutes
  3. Pupil removed from play for 10 minutes
  4. Teacher intervention requested – pupil removed
  5. Headteacher informed

Persistent Disruptive Behaviour/Persistent Breaking of Rules

  • Teachers may contact parents at any time where repeated patterns of unacceptable behaviour are noted.
  • Parents/Carers will be asked to come and talk to the teacher, and, if necessary, a member of the Senior Leadership Team.
  • It is an expectation of school, that, in the case of a child showing persistent disruptive behaviour, parents will be supportive of the school and work with the school to bring about change in that behaviour.
  • It should be noted that racist, sexist, homophobic and other forms of abuse will not be tolerated and any instances of this behaviour will be taken very seriously and dealt with by the Headteacher.

The Headteacher may decide to:

  1. Put the child on a daily or weekly report
  2. After consultation with parents, refer the child to an outside agency such as the Educational Psychology Service
  3. In extreme cases of unacceptable behaviour, exclude the child from school at lunchtime, if appropriate, or for a fixed period of time (up to 45 days per year) or permanently

Other special individual behaviour strategies may be used to support some children

Rewards that we give for good behaviour

  • 45 minutes of Golden Time each week .
  • Smiles
  • Praise
  • Hugs
  • Stickers
  • Written comments
  • Postcard home
  • Team points
  • Certificates
  • Awards in Sunshine Assembly
  • Headteacher’s Award
  • Special jobs in school
  • Chats with parents

St Stephen’s CE Primary School – Golden Time

The best way to reward children for good behaviour, as we know, is praise. However, to ensure that ALL children are rewarded for good behaviour, we use Golden Time. This is only successful if the following guidelines are implemented:

  • All classes will have a ‘ladder’ display which the children can see to remind them of how much time they have. This also provides and incentive for those who have lost Golden Time minutes to climb back up and reach their goal.
  • On Monday mornings, ALL children begin the week with a 45 minute entitlement to Golden Time on Fridays. All names are in the 45 minute zone.
  • Those children who behave well all the time will never move from that 45 minute zone.
  • Those children who choose to break the rules will lose chunks of 5 minutes over the week for each rule that is broken. They will be moved ‘down’.
  • HOWEVER – ALL CHILDREN CAN EARN THAT TIME BACK. This is very important. If a child cannot earn his/her time back, then s/he will give up trying to behave well.
  • Golden Time is planned. It happens every week. Golden Time is be a treat. Possible activities may include:
  1. Parachute games
  2. Outside games/team games in the Hall
  3. Drama
  4. Bouncy Castle
  5. Music Making
  6. Computers
  7. Junk modelling
  8. D/T challenges (eg making something to a particular specification)
  9. Art & Craft activities
  10. Baking
  11. Playing in the Reception Area!
  12. Sports Challenges etc.

When Golden Time begins, those children who have lost time must sit quietly while the others begin their activities. The Headteacher is informed of children who have lost Golden Time. They may join in when their time lost is over.

At Stephen’s, we also reward good attendance. All children who attend each day in any week will receive a team point.The class with the best attendance each week will receive 5 minutes extra playtime on that Friday. If a class achieves 100% attendance in a week, they will receive 10 minutes extra playtime on that Friday. Every child whose attendance is 100% each term will receive a special badge and certificate. Each child whose attendance is 100% over the whole year will receive a special certificate, a special, enamel badge and a £5 gift voucher.


Team points are especially valued by our children as, every 25 points they earn wins them a special certificate. If a child receives 175 team points in a year, they will be able to go on a special trip in July.

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