Rewards & Sanctions


We believe that motivating students by using appropriate rewards is one of the most important tasks we undertake as teachers.

We use rewards and sanctions to:

  • Create a secure, orderly and working environment
  • Raise student self-esteem and make them feel valued
  • Set goals for personal achievement
  • Reward a variety of qualities, activities and achievements¬†
  • Provide opportunities for students to aspire to and assume responsibilities
  • Motivate and encourage students to do their best
  • Ensure effective teaching and learning can take place
  • Develop the students' sense of appropriate and inappropriate social behaviour

A variety of rewards include:

  • Verbal praise from staff
  • Letters home
  • Postcards home
  • Positive entry in planner
  • Green or gold electronic referral (E-Ref)
  • Certificates from Subject Areas and Pastoral Staff
  • Celebration in assemblies
  • Recognition in community newsletters, local press and social media
  • Formal occasions such as Awards Evenings
  • Roles and responsibilities e.g. Prefects, Focus groups, Summit groups
  • Meetings with SLT/Directors
  • Breakfast, lunches and award events.¬†
  • Colours to recognise representation in Creative Arts and Sport

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Wildern School uses a variety of sanctions. These include short and break detentions, longer detentions after school are also used including a 40-minute Subject and Year Detentions, Senior Leader of Learning and Senior Leadership Team (SLT) detention (1 hour) which are held on Wednesdays and Fridays.  Each detention will be used to have restorative conversations with students so that next lessons or the next day is a 'fresh start'. For serious misbehaviour internal suspensions, fixed term suspensions and very rarely a permanent exclusion may be necessary.

Parents should note that a member of staff is permitted to keep any student for up to 10 minutes at the end of the day if they need to discuss a matter with them