Behaviour for Learning

The school’s aims and the Behaviour for Learning programme underpin the central importance of creating and maintaining a calm, well ordered and peaceful teaching environment in which teachers are allowed to teach and students are allowed to learn.

Classroom Rules, Rewards and Consequences

  • The code is based on 5 simple rules which are applicable in all classrooms. [Additional specific rules are left to each department - to meet their own needs].
  • Supporting these rules are a series of 5 rewards to be gained for responsible behaviour and 5 sanctions to be applied in cases of inappropriate behaviour.


Be fully prepared for every lesson

  • Equipment, materials, kit, books, homework due, forms returned, coats off, on time AND the correct mental attitude to begin work.

Show respect for all staff and other pupils

  • Good manners, hands raised when asking or answering, politeness of speech, non-interference, awareness of feelings of others.

Follow instructions the first time given

  • Stressing the importance of obedience within all classroom situations.

Take care of the classroom environment

  • The meaning of “environment” must be taught and learnt by all: includes damage to walls, desks, equipment and books. Litter in bins, chewing gum out and tidy up.

Always do your best to work hard and make progress

  • The elements of work, expectations, targets for progress, assessments, marks.

These 5 rules carry equal ‘weight’ and as well as being displayed in every teaching area are in force at all times.



  • Either immediate (spoken) or comment on work (written), on successful completion of piece of work, good marks

Merits awarded

  • Recognition by teacher for pupil and parent to see normal expectations are fulfilled.

Certificates presented

  • Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum and Platinum Plus according to level of attainment in Key Stage 3 and Merit Rewards
  • Credit Awards in Key Stage 4

Attendance Awards

  • Recognition is given to good attendance through termly prize draws, full term and full year attendance awards and non-uniform days.

Special Awards ('Celebration of Success')

  • Special awards covering all aspects of pupil achievement and development are made annually following a system of staff nominations.

Merit System

The awarding of ‘merits’ is a key part of the positive reinforcement of work and behaviour in John Spence.

In Key Stage 3 merits are awarded lesson by lesson using a merit ‘stamp’.

Merits can also be awarded for positive out of class behaviour – being helpful, opening doors etc.

Certificates are awarded according to the following totals

  • Bronze - 500
  • Silver - 800
  • Gold - 1200
  • Platinum - 1500
  • Platinum Plus - 1750

In Key Stage 4 Credits are awarded at the end of a half term period.

As in KS3, Year 10 and 11 students can also be awarded merits for out of class behaviour and out of hours activities.

Credit totals reflect the difference in workload for KS4 students with credits also awarded for completed coursework.



  • short, personal, calm, controlled with direct eye contact


  • Either temporary relocation in the classroom or to another classroom in the Department

Call Back (up to 10 minutes)

  • Return (or stay) to speak with teacher at a time convenient to the teacher


  • Choice of 30, 45, or 60 minutes. Detentions held centrally Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and staffed on a rota basis.
  • Referral to the Head of Department / Head of Year


  • Immediate removal from class situation to permanently supervised room via Emergency Red Card System (ref. support systems)


Exclusions will follow :

  • In response to a serious breach of the school’s discipline policy and
  • When other strategies and sanctions have failed and
  • Where allowing the pupil to remain would seriously harm the education or welfare of the pupil or others in the school