Behaviour Expectations and Rewards

Our Principles and Values
In our school we believe that our policy on behaviour is integral to the curriculum because it is as important for our school to be a place where values are learned as well as knowledge and skills.

We believe that fundamental to the success of this policy is the development of positive relationships in minimising conflict and encouraging desirable behaviour. Equal importance is placed on child:adult relationships and child:child relationships.

Staff, children and governors have agreed a set of general principles which promote behaviour. These principals are underpinned by our values of respect, fairness and inclusion.

1. We believe that with every right comes a responsibility.

2. When each of us takes responsibility for what we do, we make our school a better place.

3. We believe that ‘we are what we do’ and together we can make big changes to our school, our community and our world.

4. We believe that all children and adults have the right to be listened to and the responsibility to listen to others.

5. We believe that all children have the right to learn and all staff have the right to teach.

6. We promise to support, praise and reward good behaviour.

7. We will be fair and consistent when we apply sanctions for poor behaviour choices.

8. We believe that adults who work in our school should model good behaviour and should never denigrate children or colleagues.

9. We will promote positive behaviour by helping children to develop their social, emotional and behavioural skills.

10. We will keep parents informed about their child’s behaviour, positive as well as negative.

11. We will consult children, staff, parents and governors about our behaviour policy.

12. We will not tolerate violence or threatening behaviour by pupils or parents.

Our school rules underpin these principals. The policy seeks to reach a balance between rights and responsibilities, rewards and sanctions. Bullying behaviour will not be tolerated and is covered by our Anti-Bullying Policy.


At Sylvester we will:

  •  have a wide range of appropriate rewards and sanctions and ensure they are applied fairly and consistently by all staff;
  •  ensure that planning about behaviour improvement is informed by statistical information;
  •  use praise to motivate and encourage pupils;
  •  make pupils aware of sanctions that will be applied for poor behaviour choices.

Behaviour Strategies and the Teaching of Good Behaviour

At Sylvester we will ensure:

  •  all staff understand and use consistently, the behaviour management strategies agreed by the governing body and school community;
  •  effective policy and practice is based on accurate information;
  •  school staff use pupil tracking systems to identify positive and negative behaviour;
  •  ensure all staff joining the school (including supply teachers) are given clear guidance and use the school’s systems and its expectations for behaviour;
  •  all pupils understand the behaviour that is expected from them.


This can be as simple as positive recognition e.g. smiles, thumbs up signal, encouraging comments or a sticker.

Children are encouraged to strive for individual rewards and to work towards group and whole school rewards developing team spirit and an understanding of the importance of working co-operatively with others.

Star Behaviour Awards

Children can earn Bronze, Silver, Gold, Diamond or The Sylvester School Award for their behaviour. Staff award stars for excellent examples of good behaviour choices including for effort or standard of work as a result of demonstrating behaviour for learning. Children completing their award attend the Headteacher’s office where they will be awarded a headteachers award sticker and/or writband. They will also be awarded a badge and certificate in assembly. Children achieving the Gold, Diamond or School award attend a ‘Tea Party’ hosted by the headteacher to which parents are invited.

Star of the Week

Class teachers choose a ‘Star of the Week’ announced in the weekly celebration assembly. A certificate is presented and children wear a badge for the week and hold a ‘Front of Line’ pass which entitles them to go the front of the line throughout the week. Each class has a Star of the Week display. Children’s names are entered into the ‘Star of the Week’ book which is kept on public display.

Team Rewards – Team points

Teams can earn team points for many reasons including positive behaviour, effort with work, improvement, good manners, good work, healthy food, being a good friend etc. A weekly team point chart is displayed in each classroom, children write their own team point awarded at the end of the session.

Team captains are elected to lead, inspire and encourage their team mates. Team points are announced in the weekly celebration assembly. When a team has amassed a total of 3 wins, the pupils in the winning team are allowed to wear their own-clothes to school, go up to lunch first and teachers’ will arrange an optional lunchtime activity.

Weekly Celebration Assembly

A weekly celebration assembly is held at which children’s achievements are celebrated including awards for the following:

* Team Point Challenge

* Stars of the Week

* Amazing Attendees

* Terrific Timekeepers

* Star Writers

* Monthly Star Readers

* Other great news of achievements in school or in outside activities

Headteacher’s Special Award

Every half-term, the Headteacher makes a Special Award to a child from each class who has demonstrated excellent citizenship linked to the Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning. Parents are invited to a special assembly where a certificate and special prize is awarded. A record of all prize winners is kept in the Headteacher’s Special Awards Book which is kept on display. (See Photos in the Sylvester Gallery section)