Ralph Allen Way Behaviour for Learning

The Ralph Allen Way is the school system for managing students’ behaviour.  It refers to the five key expectations the school has of students within the school and wider community.  The Behaviour For Learning Frameworks, both Positive and Negative, are based on these ideals.

The school emphasises and focusses on the rights that are affected, not just our personal feelings or status as a teacher. Staff bring students’ attention to how their behaviour affects others by holding restorative meetings and conversations.

Positive Behaviour Framework - House Points

We use praise, rewards and awards to promote, teach and support positive behaviour and to recognise achievement. This shows students that we value learning and effort and helps to promote a positive classroom climate and build good relations. The Positive Behaviour Framework describes the range of rewards that students may earn. This is based on a points system, and operates through the use of House Points, where students collect points and are awarded when they reach certain milestones throughout the academic year.            

The Framework supports The Ralph Allen Way in outlining the impact of positive actions. It also describes the incentives offered for achievement, attendance and displaying a positive and proactive attitude.

Negative Behaviour Framework

The Negative Behaviour Framework describes the links between negative actions and restorative options for dealing effectively with those actions.  By providing students with clarity and certainty, we encourage students to take responsibility for their own behaviour.  This is also based on a points system within SIMS Behaviour Log.  In some extreme instances students may have points deducted from their overall Praise tally (linked to the Positive Behaviour Framework and to House Points). This framework ensures that we reward students who consistently meet our expectations in The Ralph Allen Way.

Please see the Ralph Allen Way Behaviour for Learning booklet  (in the Information section/Letters, forms and documents) for further information.


We want to recognise as many students as possible in our day-to-day practice, but also have extra rewards for attainment in different areas.  Vivos are used as our main method for rewarding, but this year we are adding the Ralph Allen Griffin Award. Students who complete the full award (all pieces of the jigsaw) will be eligible for this year’s school trip.

Pieces of the rewards jigsaw will be allocated for the following:


Students will have to achieve either:

96% attendance


100% attendance in a term

Positive Behaviour

Students will have to either:

Attain more than 1250 House Points in the year


Finish in the top 10 for their year group in a term

Ralph Allen Challenge

Students will have to achieve at least a Silver



Students will have to average a 4 in their effort scores for a progress check

House competition

Students will have to represent the House in at least two competitions and at least one representation out of lesson time

(The House that is leading in House points at Easter and Summer will have a Mufti day)

Ralph Allen Way

Students who follow the Ralph Allen Way will be recognised by their tutors




Ralph Allen Challenge - ways in which students can make the most of their experience in school

Being a positive role model to others, for example -

  • Consistently high levels of focus in a lesson/tutor period
  • Showing consideration and sensitivity
  • Having work on display
  • Offering to help without being asked

Offering leadership

  • Leading learning in a subject area
  • School Council representative
  • Captain of a school team
  • Bringing an idea to improve Ralph Allen to staff

Adopting a healthy and active lifestyle

  • Taking up a new sport
  • Becoming involved in the Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • Giving up unhealthy foods
  • Taking up yoga or meditation

Performing or presenting to an audience

  • Being in a school production or concert
  • Creating a podcast
  • Taking part in a student assembly
  • Poetry reading or debating

Regular involvement in co-curricular activities

  • Regular attendance at a club
  • Helping in the Library
  • Debating
  • Entering Christmas card competition

Helping the learning of others

  • Being a student subject ambassador
  • Leading a group activity in a lesson
  • Taking a warm up in PE, or leading a practice
  • Being involved in peer mentoring

Developing global awareness

  • Being involved in a school exchange
  • Contributing to a school Comenius project
  • Performing a carol in another language
  • Developing our links with our European exchange partners

Supporting charities or other good causes

  • Sponsored walk/silence
  • Amnesty International awareness activity
  • Cake sale for charity
  • Fund raising activity such as bag packing

Showing resilience and grit in the face of difficulty

  • A greatly improved report or set of tracking data
  • Re-writing a homework to improve it
  • Improving sports performance through dedication and practice
  • Never giving up!