RAF Pounds and Payslip

Reach Academy Feltham deploys a specific approach to managing behaviour in Phase 3 of the school. This utilises a weekly report, known as a ‘payslip’, which captures the attendance, homework completion and behaviour (positive and negative) of pupils in the preceding week. We talk about this ‘payslip’ using fictional ‘Reach pounds’ to root the experience in a real-world context for the child. Their Reach ‘pounds’ hold currency in that they can be exchanged for prizes in auctions, and of course, contribute to their ‘earning’ wristbands and trips.

Parents and Carers can access their child's payslip information on Parent Portal

This way we make sure that parents know exactly how their child has done each week in school. We encourage parents to take great interest in their child’s payslip and encourage their children to earn as much as possible. Pupils who take an interest in their payslip will be able to see clearly both the good and bad choices that they have made in a week; as well as getting a sense of satisfaction of a job well done, they are recognised for their attendance, homework completion and behaviour.

Payslips are handed out each Friday. Pupils are expected to take them home, so that parents can track the behaviour and homework quality of their child each week.

Pupils accruing £75 in a week earn Enrichment on Friday afternoons. This is a session where pupils choose art, sport or other extra-curricular events on a half termly basis. It is a reward for all the hard work pupils put in to their work during the week. Pupils receiving less than £75 will not earn enrichment and instead will spend the time reflecting on their actions and catching up on any work they have missed from the preceding week.

In addition, the ‘money’ earned through payslip enables pupils to participate in the biannual auction where they can bid for items and trips or experiences.

The payslip average is calculated on a rolling basis from the beginning of the year. This average each week is calculated for enrichment, each half term to bestow wristbands (platinum, gold or silver), and across the year for trips.


Merit System

Merits are awarded to individual pupils by staff members for acts which support a positive community or promote academic achievement.

  • Volunteering to help a pupil or teacher;
  • Volunteering service to the school;
  • Taking initiative;
  • Showing courtesy;
  • Performing acts of kindness;
  • Outstanding effort or improvement;
  • Academic excellence;
  • Upholding the values of Reach; and
  • Doing what’s expected when others are not.

One or more merits are awarded for each positive behaviour. Merits and their accumulation are tracked and feed into the child’s weekly Payslip.

Act Worthy of Public Recognition (AWOPR)

AWOPRs are awarded to pupils for exceptional ‘Acts Worthy of Public Recognition’. This might be owing to exceptional performance in academia, dedication to the school, or by performing a particularly noteworthy moral act. A key principle of the Academy’s approach is that pupils should personally understand and uphold the values of the Academy, in particular the value of service and kindness to others. This includes actions at times when a pupil may not be aware of being seen by a teacher. In capturing these moments, the Academy highlights to pupils that it is what they do when people are not watching which defines their character.


Pupils who achieve a high payslip average will earn a wristband. The average for wristbands is calculated over the half term; so if, for example, a pupil earns an average of more than 110 each week over a half term, they earn a silver wristband. If they earn more than an average of 120 each over a half term, they earn a gold wristband and those earning over 140 will receive a platinum wristband. Those who earn the wristband are allowed to wear it for the next term and are, for this period, granted privileges, some of which currently include: a get out of detention free pass, the choice of where to sit at lunchtime, non-school uniform days and other treats throughout the term.

Sanctions for unacceptable behaviour

There is a clear set of escalating sanctions for poor behaviour which includes the awarding of demerits, imposition of detentions, and isolation from one’s fellow pupils for short or longer periods depending on the severity of the poor behaviour.  These are set out below. More serious sanctions will be discussed with parents, whom we hope will support the Academy should it need to impose such measures. As well as acting as a deterrent, sanctions also provide pupils with the opportunity to receive intensive support so that they can make better decisions in future.


Demerits are issued for prohibited behaviours. They are recorded by staff electronically, with the teacher’s name and the reason for the demerit. These can be viewed by parents and staff.

For every three demerits a pupil receives in a week, they will serve a detention on a date determined by the school (this is always as soon as possible after the receipt of the third demerit).

If a child receives three demerits within one lesson, they will be removed from the lesson. It is expected that parents and pupils attend a meeting on the same day of the removal from lesson with the relevant teacher, following their detention being served.

If a pupil receives nine or more demerits in a week, they will be required to do STEP 1.

Parents will be advised by text by 2.30pm whether their child is serving a sanction.  For more information regarding a specific sanction can be obtained from the teacher.


Demerits are awarded for the following behaviours:

  • Arriving late to a lesson;
  • Talking loudly, running or shouting in the corridor;
  • Disrupting the lesson and preventing teaching;
  • Being off task in a lesson;
  • Arriving to class unprepared;
  • Uniform not worn correctly;
  • Missing equipment (eg. book, pens, etc);
  • Disrespect of equipment (eg. minor misuse of equipment);
  • Disrespectful behaviour towards a teacher;
  • Disrespectful behaviour towards a pupil;
  • Failing to submit a required signature - this includes all parent letter reply slips, the weekly student planner check and the daily DEAR Log signature.
  • Uniform missing or incorrectly worn, eg shirts not tucked in. Uniform will be checked at the start of the day and lesson. Pupils out of uniform will receive a demerit and will not be allowed to join the school community until they are in correct school uniform.


Some more serious behaviours warrant immediate awarding of an ‘automatic detention’. Detentions are awarded for the following:

  • Every 3 demerits in a week;
  • Possession of iPods, MP3 players, cameras, handheld video consoles or mobile phones;
  • Uniform missing or incorrectly worn if it is a repeat offence and demerits are not acting as a hindrance;
  • Lateness to school;
  • Inappropriate language, eg. swearing;
  • Disrespectful behaviour towards pupils or teachers, e.g. calling another child a name.