Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
Ephisians 4: 32
At Cranfield Church of England Academy, we are committed to creating an exceptionally positive and motivational learning atmosphere within a happy nurturing Christian Academy.
At Cranfield Church of England Academy we strive to educate the whole child. Alongside our academic programme of study we also want to ensure that, both socially and morally, our pupils’ development is supported.
We deliver this through an enhanced, Christian values education, which encourages pupils to take greater responsibility for their behaviour and learning and through absolute consistency in the management of behaviour.
The themes of praise, learning and forgiveness run throughout our approach to supporting behaviour.
Our Golden Rules:
Our children appreciate rules that are linked to their rights and responsibilities. The school ‘Golden Rules’ are positively phrased, clear and visible across our school. They link clearly to our Values Education Programme which underpins our Christian ethos. A copy is available in your child’s Home-School Link.
Our Golden Rules are intrinsic in our positive school vocabulary. Our Golden Rules are:
For any questions about our Golden Rules, please do not hesitate to contact any member of staff.
Reward & Consequence Staircase:
Consistent in all of our classrooms is our Cranfield Academy Reward and Consequence Staircase enforcing positively to children that “Your behaviour is your choice”. Children receive rewards and consequences for their behaviour choices as appropriate and as detailed below.
Good behaviour is consistently and explicitly celebrated in our school. When we behave, we are able to enjoy, achieve and learn in the very best ways.
The below list of examples is intended to not be exhaustive:
- Verbal praise – given by all, at all times, including phone calls home.
- Class Rewards – dojo points, marbles in the jar, stickers.
- Achievement Stickers - awarded to children for development in learning and actions.
- Headteacher Awards – a gold sticker awarded to the child by our Headteacher for learning, work or actions which can be considered as ‘outstanding!’ This golden sticker serves as an invitation for parents to attend our Friday celebration assembly. The child will be invited to the front to share their success with the entire school.
- Star of the week – linked to the current value and given to one child in each class who has embodies the given value.
- Values Feather – an opportunity for positive behaviour choices made at home to be shared by parents. These feathers are then added to Clive the Crane in the hall and shared with the school community.
- Hot Chocolate Fridays – children having the opportunity to have Hot Chocolate with the Headteacher or Deputy Headteacher for being ‘consistently Cranfield’ with their behaviour.
- Role Model Recognition Display – children whose names are on the role model recognition display have the opportunity to win a prize for demonstrating the ‘target of the week’.
- Postcards Home – celebrating children’s consistently excellent behaviour.
- Lunchtime Legends – a weekly award given to those children who show excellent behaviour at lunchtimes.
- Golden Tickets – given to children demonstrating values on the playground. Teamwork Trophy – a trophy given to the class who have been noticed by Senior Leaders. This class will receive a bonus playtime.
Aspects of behaviour which do not meet the Academy’s Golden Rules have clear and consistent consequence. The Academy’s Consequence Staircase (sitting alongside a visual representation of the many rewards on offer for good behaviour) enforces to children that “Your behaviour is your choice” and so too are the related rewards or consequences.
The Cranfield Church of England Academy Consequence Staircase is used to provide children with five progressive levels of consequence – demonstrating to children that behaviour choices which do not follow our Golden Rules are not acceptable and will not support themselves and their peers in “enjoying, achieving and learning”.
- Step 1 – Golden Rule Reminder – A positive encouragement to follow the specific Golden Rules.
- Step 2 – Take Time to Think – An opportunity for the child to reflect on their behaviour choices, before they go on to the ‘amber’ part of the staircase.
- Step 3 – Note in Home-School Link – A note is put into the Home School Link for parents to read and acknowledge. The note will inform parents of the Golden Rule or Rules which have not been followed. At this point, the child will receive a loss of privilege soon after e.g. five minutes of playtime.
- Step 4 – Reflection Time – This is a time when children will sit away from the remainder of their class and will complete a reflection about their behaviour choice. This reflection will be appropriate to their age and understanding and generally is led by an adult. The aim is to offer a restorative and reflective approach to their behaviour choices and re-emphasises their capacity to make excellent behaviour choices.
- Step 5 – Exit from Class – In the circumstance that the Golden Rule or Rules continue to not be followed within a given lesson, the child will be removed from the classroom to ensure that effective learning is able to continue. At this point, the child will not be reminded why they have to leave the classroom. Depending on the circumstance, the child will be sent to their Key Stage Leader, Deputy Headteacher or Headteacher. The Senior Leader involved will complete a Reflection Time sheet, and will decide on a necessary consequence.
If there are any queries about our Golden Rules, or Rewards and Consequence Staircase, please do not hesitate to contact us.
When there is concern that a child’s behaviour is impacting on their own and other’s capacity to learn, a process of either behaviour management support, or a behaviour management crisis plan will begin. Information on both of these processes are detailed within the Academy's Behaviour Policy which can be viewed by clicking here.