Rewards and consequences

We expect that everyone who becomes part of Co-op Academy Southfield contributes positively to the success of the school and its students. The Home School Agreement supports this expectation.

The code of conduct is promoted in a range of styles with students across the cognitive ability spectrum, in order to create the right climate for positive behaviour. Each class tutor develops a set of class rules and adopts roles, responsibilities and rewards that are appropriate to their age and strand of learning.

We developed ‘The Southfield Formula’; to guide staff towards developing the most proactive, positive, climate and culture in the school, so that incidents of disengagement and negative behaviour are minimised. Teachers adopt an eclectic approach to behaviour management in response to the diverse range of needs within the school community.

Students are risk assessed and those with an identified behavioural difficulty have individual Behaviour Support Plans; which are co-ordinated by the Intervention Mentors. Students who present challenging behaviour are managed in a low key manner using Team Teach; positive behaviour management system. All classroom staff receive Team Teach training and the school has its own Team Teach Tutors to ensure that training is always up to date.

Incidents of bullying are infrequent, and are responded to firmly using a shared concern approach. Incidents of discriminatory behaviour such as racism are extremely unusual. Fixed term exclusions are used reluctantly and rarely, when the students cognitive ability makes the sanction meaningful for safety reasons. Permanent exclusions are not used except in exceptional circumstances, although student placements may be reviewed in consultation with parents and SEN officers in the event of a complete breakdown of the placement.