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Rewards and Disciplines for Learning

The Rewards and Discipline for Learning (RDFL) policy at CHS aims to make our school a great place in which to work and be successful.

Rewards

We all like to be praised for what we can do and through our policy we reward Outstanding Effort/Achievement, Improved Work/Effort, Cumulative Good Work, Taking part in Extra Curricular Activities and Service to Others.  Each reward received by a student is recorded electronically although students are encouraged to keep their own record in their planners.

Attendance is also rewarded and there is a Post 16 ‘Personal Achievement & Service Scheme’ for Post 16 students.

Discipline for Learning

This is often referred to as DFL, a simplified name for a very simple system!

“Discipline for Learning is a fair and just system, where behaviour expectations are clear and easily understood. All behaviour expectations are based upon inclusion, common sense, mutual respect, and a desire to work hard and learn effectively in a safe and happy environment.”

There are no punishments at CHS, only consequences to actions.

Everyone has choices. If someone chooses to misbehave then they will do so in the clear understanding that their action will bring about a consequence.  The consequences are simple, consistently applied and clearly displayed around school.  Students also have a list of consequences in their school planner.

Our Code of Conduct is based upon common sense and covers rules for four areas of school life. Everyone has had a chance to say what they would like to see as our rules and they are as follows:

Behaviour in the Classroom

  • Everyone is expected to behave in such a way that allows teachers to teach and students to learn.
  • Everyone is expected to respect their working environment and to leave the classroom as they would expect to find it.

Behaviour Around School

  • Walk quietly and calmly and when required, line up in single file.
  • Eating and drinking must only take place in the designated areas, not on the corridor.

Behaviour Towards the Individual

  • Treat others with respect and consideration
  • bad language and aggressive verbal abuse is unacceptable
  • Physical violence is unacceptable

Consequences are clearly understood, consistently applied and range from verbal warnings to school detentions.   RDFL helps to create a safe, happy environment where effective learning takes place and we can all Achieve Success Together.

Use of 'Reasonable Force'

At Congleton High, we do expect a very high standard of behaviour from our students, which is generally the case. Due to the high level of respect that is generated within school, it is very rare for any form of physical intervention to be necessary when dealing with behaviour issues. However, Congleton High School reserves the right to use “Reasonable Force” where necessary.

This may include using reasonable force to prevent students committing an offence, injuring themselves or others, or damaging property. Examples of reasonable force can range from guiding a student to safety by the arm through to more extreme circumstances such as breaking up a fight. You can obtain more information regarding our expectations in our Behaviour Policy in our School Policy Documents section of the website.