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📢 We're Hiring! BMAT have a number of vacancies for Catering Assistants working in our schools in Harlow, Essex 📄 For full information and application details, please visit our website https://t.co/GJjumrMOBP

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Hot chocolate Friday for these amazing pupils. Well done everyone, we hope that you enjoyed your very well-deserved hot drink and biscuits! https://t.co/aujFqK8ofz

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January Writing Challenge Pens and pencils at the ready as the writing challenge for the month of January is attached. Please hand all completed stories to the class teacher by the due date of Monday 31st January 2022. Good luck! https://t.co/VE2U3DWbya

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Day 12 of reading for wellbeing https://t.co/Otm4N58igs

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Day 11 of the wellbeing reading challenge https://t.co/plLn4xZYLN

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🎄A massive THANK YOU to all the staff and students who helped make yesterday a truly magical day across BMAT 🎅 https://t.co/v13D7YDYXY

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Join Jane Considine live to read a Christmas story. The perfect way to finish the last term of the year as well as spreading Christmas cheer. The video will be available to watch from Friday 17th December at 10:30. Jane Considine Education - YouTube https://t.co/IcfBneIqss

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Day 10 of the wellbeing reading challenge. https://t.co/l6Do2n9bYz

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Day 9 of the wellbeing reading challenge. https://t.co/JTcuNqrsfr


Reading for pleasure in KS2: Christmas Reading Advent Calendar. Please find attached a link to an interactive reading calendar including Christmas books and poetry recommendations: https://t.co/Ds6AV4Yobe


Reading for pleasure in EYFS and KS1: Christmas Reading Advent Calendar. Please find attached a link to an interactive reading calendar including Christmas books and poetry recommendations: https://t.co/V4Do21UOoL

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Reading for Wellbeing Challenge - Day 7 and 8. https://t.co/kX7z5BME7o

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Day 6 challenge of The Twelve Days of Reading for Wellbeing https://t.co/r2go5ySrt5

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Year 1 got into the festive spirit with a Winter WOW morning! They went on a winter walk, smelt some Christmas scents and even tried mince pies! https://t.co/W50K1j0OoC

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Day 4 and 5 of Reading For Wellbeing Please see attached day 4 and day 5 of the twelve days of Reading for Wellbeing https://t.co/JzbkGBGYrL

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To benefit from the wonder of books throughout the holiday period, book lovers in all year groups are encouraged to complete various reading challenges, from reading a book aloud to the tune of their favourite winter song, to building a pillow fort & reading a book inside it. https://t.co/9Mok2SBnbY

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Day 3 challenge of The Twelve Days of Reading for Wellbeing https://t.co/bxi7jx2Mv8

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Well done to Genna, Remi, Livvy, Layla and Calleigh for winning the challenge and to the rest of our adventurous pupils who participated in the writing challenge. Keep up the good work! https://t.co/oZunJKz5nY

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Hot Chocolate Friday. A very well-deserved hot chocolate and biscuit for these pupils with Ms Wade https://t.co/ACEa90hHsJ

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Day 2 challenge of The Twelve Days of Reading for Wellbeing https://t.co/oxEUN3Uol2

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Behaviour & Relationships

Cooks Spinney has four principles for relationships and behaviour which underpin our approach:

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Cooks Spinney Primary Academy and Nursery are committed to the idea that every child matters:


  • We aim to encourage a positive attitude to learning within a safe, happy environment.
  • We promote high expectations and enable pupils to become independent responsible learners.
  • We encourage a sense of respect for our community and our environment.
  • We believe that clear, consistent routines and systems are essential to support children’s development and ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of everyone in our school community.
  • Cooks Spinney and BMAT are committed to the prevention of all forms of bullying – This is outlined further in the BMAT Behaviour policy and BMAT Anti-bullying policy available here - www.bmat-trust.org/ 


Restorative approaches encourage pupils to think not only of the consequences of their behaviour on themselves, but also to consider the impact of their actions on others. The process at Cooks Spinney is based on four questions, which staff have on their ID lanyards for reference:



These questions also form the basis of our ‘Reflection Sheet’. Pupils are asked to complete refection sheets following incidents.


Restorative processes do not shy away from applying consequences, such as loss of privileges, but focus on the need to take responsibility an find a constructive way forward for all concerned such as a sincere apology followed by an act of kindness.  


It must be remembered that pupils will not be ready to engage in reflection until they are in a calm state. To help pupils return to a calm state, staff avoid raising voices or passing immediate judgement. Staff remaining calm will enable pupils to return to a calm state much more quickly; then the reflection and learning process can begin.  


At Cooks Spinney, pupils should always have the opportunity to reflect on their actions without judgment. They are then given the chance to put things right through mediation and discussion.


The impact of this approach is evident in the relationships forged throughout the school. The strategies involved, which include active listening, respectful discussion and taking ownership of issues, result in a positive ethos.


At Cooks Spinney, staff are nurturing, responsive and reliable to pupils. By building positive relationships with pupils, staff can: raise self-esteem, deal with unwanted behaviour in a constructive and non-confrontational manner, and help pupils feel valued and secure. 


Bruce Perry (2017) states – ‘The more healthy relationships a child has, the more likely they will be to thrive. Relationships are the agents of change and the most powerful therapy is human love.’


Routines allow our pupils to feel secure and safe. Research shows, when children feel secure and safe, they are more resilient and better equipped to cope with stress. Cooks Spinney promotes routines across the school day including the use of visual timetables in every classroom.


At the start of the school day (an important time for pupils to settle), Cooks Spinney uses a securing routine of; register, free breakfast, daily mile and assembly before the main lessons begin at 9.30am. For most pupils, this routine adds to their feeling of security and will proactively reduce stress and anxiety which may lead to unwanted behaviour.




Effort points are rewarded at the class teacher's discretion for children making a positive move forward in their learning or behaviour.


Teachers are responsible for keeping a record of effort points awarded for each pupil and updating pupils on their progress.


Effort points are converted into Pips. Pupils are rewarded stickers by their Teacher or Head Teacher for each Pip.


Three Pips lead to an Achievement Apple (a pin badge pupils can proudly wear on their school uniform). 


Achievement Apples (in the form of pin badges) are awarded in Friday's Achievement Assembly and families are invited along to share this special award. Peers are invited to stand up and tell the whole school why the person deserves their apple.  


As a guide, apples are generally awarded in the following year groups, however this will depend upon behaviour and attitude to learning for each individual pupil:


Reception – Purple Apple

Year 1 – Yellow Apple

Year 2 – Orange Apple

Year 3 – Green Apple

Year 4 – Red Apple

Year 5 – Silver Apple

Year 6 – Gold Apple (+ Privilege Card for exceptional behaviour)




  • 3 x pips awarded by the Teacher leads to a sticker 1, awarded by Class Teacher.

  • 3 x pips awarded by the Teacher leads to a sticker 2, awarded by Head of Key Stage.

  • 3 x pips awarded by the Teacher leads to a sticker 3. At sticker 3 – the pupil comes to the Head Teacher to receive a Sticker 3 and an invitation to receive their apple pin badge.

  • An invitation is sent home to parents, via the child, to come to the Friday achievement Assembly for the presentation.


The system repeats itself so there are 3 stickers throughout the year (roughly one per term), leading to the next colour apple, finally to the golden apple, by Year 5 or 6.


Once a pupil has achieved a golden apple, they are entitled to earn, via three more pips, a privilege card from the Headteacher. 





Although our main form of reward and recognition is effort points, we allow teachers the autonomy to manage their classrooms in the best way they feel meets the needs of their pupils. Therefore, you may see teachers and support staff using ‘in-class’ systems such as table points, notes home etc.


Each week, the school praises children for effort and hard work during Friday’s Achievement assembly.


Children are chosen by staff to receive awards for the following:


  • School Values Award (Gold Book)
  • Achievement Apples and Privilege Cards
  • Any sporting awards (presented by the PE Team)
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