Rewards and Sanctions


Rewarding good work and behaviour motivates and encourages pupils. This is done informally through regular praise and formally through awarding praise points on Epraise. Students and parents will be able to see what praise points have been given.

Praise Points

All staff, regardless of role in school, have the ability to award praise points. 

The categories for praise points are as follows: excellent classwork, excellent homework, excellent effort, excellent verbal response, excellent group work, excellent leadership, contribution to wider school, environment. Excellent is taken to mean excellent for that individual student. 

Contribution to wider school may be awarded for things like: participation in wider school events, tour guiding, creating tutor work, speaking in assembly etc. 

Environment may be awarded for thinks like: positive approach to environmental duty, picking up litter etc, helping to maintain school gardens. 

As far as possible, staff should include a comment as to why a praise point is being given.


Students receive certificates when they achieve certain milestones of points. E.g 50, 100, 200 etc. Each Year Head also decides their own system of rewards based on milestones achieved. E.g – hot chocolate and a cookie for first 25 students to get 100 points.

Achievers’ Draw

This forms part of the termly Achievers’ Assembly for each year group.  Pupils earn tickets for the draw based on the number of praise points they have and for 100% attendance in a half-term.

Awards Evening

This is our formal way of celebrating particular achievements. Parents and pupils attend by invitation and a keynote speaker leads the evening.



All students and staff enter our school community with an expectation that they will be able to flourish within our school community. For this to happen, it is always imperative that we respect others. Rewarding this contribution is central to our behaviour ethos. Rewards play a significant role in Sheldon. However, when individuals do not allow others to flourish, there is a comprehensive behaviour policy is in place. We are fully committed to de-escalating challenging behaviour whenever this is possible, this is an essential part of our process. It allows students to modify and improve behaviour, as well as providing staff with clear guidance to manage situations calmly and in a professional manner.

We have classified behaviour into four broad categories. Levels 1 to 3 are shown in the guide below. All staff are responsible for managing this behaviour appropriately and ensuring that the correct follow-on interventions have been applied. 


Level 1 Level 2 Level 3


Incorrect uniform

Incorrect/no equipment

Talking to peers

Calling out

Fidgeting with equipment that disrupts learning


Repeated Level 1

Not co-operating with others

Purposefully making noise that disrupts learning.

Refusing to start/complete work set.

Repeated inappropriate behaviour despite clear warnings from staff.

Walking away from staff

Answering back

Any inappropriate language or swearing (not directed at another person)

Any inappropriate behaviour towards student(s)

Any inappropriate behaviour towards adult(s

Repeated Level 2

Refusing to follow instructions.

Swearing at staff

Aggressive or intimidating behaviour towards others


Level 4 refers to serious incidents. Any incident of this type should be immediately reported to a senior member of staff. Any incident of serious misconduct will result in the student(s) being placed in the BSC. It may be that further investigation is required and further, greater sanctions may be necessary, in line with the exclusions policy.

Level 4  

Repeated breaches of the behaviour policy

Persistent refusal to follow instructions 

Any forms of bullying

Discriminatory behaviour

Physical assault against adult

Physical assault against pupil

Verbal/Threatening Behaviour (adult)

Swearing at staff

Verbal/Threatening Behaviour (student)

Supply or use of illegal substances or alcohol

Being in possession of a prohibited item

Smoking / Vaping


Damage to school property

Possession of any prohibited items. These are:

Knives or weapons


Illegal drugs

Stolen items

Vaping Equipment


Pornographic images

Any article a staff member reasonably suspects has been, or is likely to be, used to commit an offence, or to cause personal injury to, or damage to the property of, any person (including the student)




“Ensuring that pupils are healthy physically and mentally is central within all safeguarding policies and practices and is an exemplary feature in the school.”