At Lord Lawson of Beamish Academy we are immensely proud of the outstanding behaviour of our students and we have a rewards system which encourages and celebrates those positive behaviours. The rewards system is based around our 5R’s +1 which are the learning behaviours and ethos which the academy believes will help the students to become outstanding learners, we want the students to be excellent Reasoning, Resilient, Resourceful, Reflective and Responsible learners who show Respect also.
The students receive a reward point (commendation) from their teachers to recognise the student’s contribution in lessons and around the academy. A student can receive a maximum of three reward points per lesson from each teacher, for example, a student may get a question wrong in the first instance but after some intervention have another try and this time get it right, and then the teacher could award a reward point for being a ‘Resilient Learner’.
The students reward points can be viewed by parents in real time using their unique username and password which allow parents to have discussions with their children about the learning which has taken place during their son/daughter’s time in the academy.
The reward points are translated into an individual, tutor group and house block league table which can be viewed by students via their tutor each week. The league tables encourage students to perform well both as an individual and as part of a team, with the ultimate aim of becoming a learner who achieves their potential.
The behaviour at LLOBA is outstanding but we still have a very clear, powerful and robust consequence system as a further incentive for students to behave appropriately and to instil a great ‘culture of learning’. In the unlikely event of persistently poor behaviour students will be given chances to modify their behaviour. These chances are clearly indicated by the teacher and displayed on the ‘consequence board’ (see diagram)
If a student such as Paul above receives 3 cautions he will receive a detention after school with senior members of staff in the dining room. These detentions are called C4 detentions and take place between 3.15 and 4pm. Should Paul continue to behave inappropriately he will be removed from the classroom and receive a longer 1hr ‘C5’ detention. Students may be removed and given a C5 detention without prior consequences in extreme cases of very poor behaviour. If students receive detentions they will also be picked up by senior members of staff and pastoral staff who use intelligent data systems to identify poor behaviour and intervene accordingly.
We encourage regular dialogue between teachers and parents and believe this relationship to be vital to achieving success together. With this in mind we have a fantastic ‘parental login’ system whereby parents can log in to our website and track the behaviour, academic performance attendance and much much more. You will be issued a login and password when your child is in year 7 but if you ever require a new one or have any questions you can contact your child’s tutor or head of house.