Cleeve School




 Our behaviour system is designed to build positive habits amongst our students. We know that routines reduce cognitive load and support security, allowing students to focus solely on their learning.

This approach is designed to model the standards required of student success in the wider world.  Employers have standards.  Our role is to safely support students to understand how to meet them. 

 'You get what you repeat'
 James Clear : Atomic Habits


Roll Call takes place every morning within tutor rooms or in centralised groups, and is designed to help remove barriers, ensuring students are ready to learn by being:

  • Dressed correctly in their full school uniform
  • Fully equipped
  • On time for the start of their day

Students have been participating in roll call in tutor rooms for the last two years.  In September 2023 we moved to centralised roll calls, with the Head of Learning for each year group leading the process. This opportunity for the students to start the day with their year group, hear key messages, receive rewards and have their equipment checked, enables us to ensure students arrive at their lesson ready to learn, maximising learning time in the classroom. 


We work hard to ensure we offer an exceptional education to all, with high standards and expectations of ourselves and our students underpinning this. 

Standards Cards, which are carried by every student, help students learn the importance of being fully equipped, punctual and dressed correctly for school.  If any of these standards are not met, a member of staff will sign their card; five signatures will result in an after-school detention.  

The Standards Cards initiative has helped in supporting students with their self-organisation, from having the right equipment for learning, to being on time, to having the correct uniform. This in turn has meant lessons start on time with no learning time lost equipping students or dealing with lateness.

Teachers are no longer having to spend the first five minutes of lessons locating pens and books or waiting for late students to arrive, but instead move forward with Teaching & Learning, so that every moment matters. The cumulative effect of this is better outcomes for individual students, which equates to better life chances and more doors of opportunity opening, which links back to the priorities outlined in our Strategic Vision to 2030.

If the Standards Cards didn’t exist, the requirements would still be the same – the cards themselves are visible reminders of our high aspirations for every student.

It is worth noting that 70% of students have not yet had a single signature on their card.  We are continuing to monitor the impact of the cards, both positive and negative, and from all stakeholders, to ensure that the system benefits all. 

Students are issued with a new card at the start of each half term, meaning that if they have received one or two signatures prior to half term, there are no consequences associated.  

Many parents, and teachers, have commented favourably on the use of Standards Cards because it is providing a structure for students to be organised and remember the key items they need each day, which as we know is a key skill for life.


We equip all students with Knowledge Goal Booklets and Assessment for Learning (AFL) packs to ensure they can strive for excellence in every lesson and feel supported with their learning at home.  These items are an essential part of the school day and replacing them, or loaning out spare equipment can mean that effective strategies to engage all students, such as whiteboard retrieval activities, or consolidation tasks in a lesson, requiring the use of Knowledge Goal booklets, are not used due to the amount of lesson time it takes to find replacements.  

In addition to the more specialised equipment the school provides for each student, we had found that students might not have basic equipment with them, such as pens or pencils, meaning lesson time was lost resolving these issues. This can affect every student in the classroom, despite most being equipped and eager to learn.

We are committed to delivering the highly effective teaching and learning strategies we have developed as a school.  To this end, the standards cards help to ensure that all students have the necessary equipment to fully take part in their learning.  You can read more about our essential equipment list here.  


Reading with a ruler is a key approach for every student in every lesson, every day.  The payback from supporting our students with this habit will be felt in months, years and lifetimes to come when we have confident and competent readers entering exam halls and Further Education.  There are many benefits to this approach, including:

  • It reduces eye strain and supports all students
  • It forces the eyes to move from left to right (following the number line) and ensures the correct order for decoding words
  • It supports posture and increases the intake of oxygen for maximal learning
  • It allows us to track the progress of all our students in a class and support any who may have fallen behind

As with all habit-forming behaviours, routine and consistency are the key and by doing this individually in each lesson, we are supporting the community of the school to embed this skill for our students. 


We place great emphasis on the importance of being on time for school in the morning, and for each lesson throughout the day.  In support of this standard, we have recently introduced a five-minute transition time between every lesson. All staff allow students to leave on the bell to ensure they have adequate time to get to their next lesson. Year 7 students are released from lessons two minutes before the bell, meaning they have up to seven minutes to get to their next lesson.

We encourage students to visit their lockers before school, or during break and lunchtime, rather than between lessons, therefore making the most of their transition time to take a comfort break and arrive at their next lesson ready to learn. 


Parent, student and staff feedback is always greatly appreciated, particularly during the infancy of a new system.  Please get in touch if you have any questions or feedback you would like to share.

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'Habits are like the atoms of our lives. 
Each one is a fundamental unit that contributes to your overall improvement.'
James Clear : Atomic Habits