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Behaviour Policy

At Awsworth Primary & Nursery School we endeavour to:

  • Implement a positive approach to whole school behaviour, supported and followed by the whole school community, parents, staff, children and governors, where children are rewarded for positive behaviour and encouraged to take responsibility for their own actions;
  • Directly through the school curriculum and coincidentally as situations arise, teach positive values and attitudes as well as knowledge and skills.  These learning opportunities contribute to responsible behaviour, encourage self-discipline and encourage children to respect themselves, other people and property.  PSCHE programmes in school support this;
  • Treat problems when they occur in a caring and sympathetic manner in the hope of achieving an improvement in behaviour;
  • Promote respect for all, regardless of gender, faith, culture and observe all aspects of equal opportunity;
  • Commit to a rights respecting ethos by promoting values and respect so that all members of the school community use rights respecting language when discussing behaviour.



  • It is expected that everyone in the school community will follow and adhere to the Home - School Agreement, set out in the children’s Personal Organisers;
  • The Golden Rules are the foundation of our Home – School Agreement, shared with parents on an annual basis and are imbedded in the school’s approach to teaching and learning.  They can also be found displayed around the school;
  • Each class develops a class charter which is agreed by staff and pupils; it displays the articles the children deem important and ways we respect those rights;

  • All adults in the school community are expected to model the behaviour we expect of our pupils;
  • All members of the school community are expected to respect and support each other;
  • Physical or verbal abuse is not acceptable, from any member of the school community.  Repeated or serious incidents will lead to appropriate action being taken.  The school has a separate Anti-Bullying Policy;
  • Pupils are not to bring any illegal items, or items considered to be dangerous, on to the school premises.  This includes knives or other sharp implements.


These expectations have been formulated with the safety and well-being of the pupils in mind, and to create and maintain a happy, safe environment in which children can learn.  


Awsworth Primary & Nursery School follows a positive inclusion system.  Part of this requires all pupils to adhere to an expected level of behaviour as deemed appropriate to the individual.


If at anytime a pupil repeatedly causes disruption in class, which results in the learning of the other children being adversely affected, then all parties will have to consider the appropriateness of the child being in the classroom and ultimately in school.  The school will try their hardest to work with any pupil presenting challenging behaviour, but following all reasonable measures, reserve the right to put the majority of children first.


This policy applies when the children are:

  • On school premises, including before and after school hours;
  • In the immediate locality of the school in the time leading up to the start of the school day or following the end of the school day;
  • Off-site on an arranged educational visit;
  • Travelling to and from school, but not accompanied by a responsible adult;
  • Wearing a school uniform so representing the school.


Rights Respecting School


We are a Rights Respecting school and our approach to behaviour supports the following articles from the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child:

Article 12 -          Every child has the right to say what they think in all matters affecting them, and to have their views taken seriously.

Article 19 -          Governments must do all they can to ensure that children are protected from all forms of violence, abuse, neglect and

                            mistreatment by their parents or anyone else who looks after them.

Article 28 -          Every child has the right to an education. Primary education must be free. Secondary education must be available to

                            every child. Discipline in schools must respect children’s human dignity. Wealthy countries must help poorer countries

                            achieve this.

Article 29 -          Education must develop every child’s personality, talents and abilities to the full. It must encourage the child’s respect for

                            human rights, as well as respect for their parents, their own and other cultures, and the environment.

Article 30 -          Every child has the right to learn and use the language, customs and religion of their family whether or not these are

                            shared by the majority of the people in the country where they live.

Article 31 -          Every child has the right to relax, play and join in a wide range of cultural and artistic activities.


Rewards & Praise for Good Behaviour


All members of the school community work together to create and manage a well-organised learning environment, as this decreases the potential for problems and conflicts.  A major part of our Home School Agreement is to encourage the children to practise good behaviour by operating a system of praise and reward. This is for all our pupils. 


Although there are agreed sanctions for pupils who misbehave it is the encouragement of good behaviour, which is far more important than punishment.  Staff praise children who behave politely, kindly, sensibly etc. Verbal feedback on behaviour should be given a high priority in and out of class.  Appropriate behaviour and positive attitudes should be discussed in P.C.S.H.E. lessons and in school assemblies, with regular reinforcement of the school rules and Rights Respecting values.


Staff use verbal praise, stickers, MarvellousMe messages home and Star of the Week Awards to acknowledge and re-enforce positive behaviour as well as academic achievement.  Pupils and staff are able to nominate others who are displaying Rights Respecting behaviour, these are read out in assembly and displayed on leaves on our ‘Rights Tree’.  Our day to day Behaviour System is based on rewarding positive behaviour and providing an incentive for it.  As well as the rewards above, the children can also earn team points.  At the end of each term there will be a team treat for all pupils in the winning team.


Most children respond to this positive approach where their efforts are seen to be valued, and make considerable efforts to improve their work and, where necessary, their behaviour.


If there are children who are not responding to this system, we will work with them and their parents to help them to adhere to it, where possible, and make provision for them to succeed.




There will be times when children choose to let themselves and the school down with unacceptable behaviour.  Our Behaviour Policy states these boundaries firmly and clearly.


Minor breaches of discipline are generally dealt with by the Class Teacher in a caring, supportive and fair manner, with some flexibility taking into consideration the age of the child, as far as sanctions are concerned.  The following sanctions are applied:


  • Verbal warning.
  • Work to be completed during child’s own time e.g. playtime or at home.
  • Child’s behaviour to be logged by class teacher for persistent offences.
  • Class teacher to raise awareness with parents at the end of the school day.
  • Child sent with a green card to work with a ‘paired teacher’ or with a red card to work with the Head Teacher.
  • Child put on report with a comment per lesson and monitored by the Head Teacher at the end of the day.
  • Child put on report with a comment each day sent home to parents.  Head Teacher to view at the end of each week.
  • Parents informed by Head Teacher and an invitation sent to discuss the matter.
  • The Head Teacher or in her absence her representative only have the right to exclude for a fixed term or permanently a child for severe incidents of misconduct. This may be as a consequence of an isolated incident such as a physical attack on a member of staff, another pupil or visitor to the school or as a result of a culmination of persistent offending when all other avenues and sanctions have been explored and failed.


Parents will be involved at the earliest possible stage, if problems are persistent or recurring.


We strive to use a range of strategies to deal with all situations but sometimes physical intervention, as a last resort, is necessary.  Physical interventions must only be used in the best interests of, or out of necessity for, the child or young person.  Parents and carers will be informed if this happens.  Any physical intervention must be reasonable and proportionate to the circumstance and always be conducted in relation to the child or young person’s age, gender, size, health, stage of development and other relevant factors.


Procedures for Dealing with Major Breaches of Discipline


  • If the problem is severe or recurring, then exclusion procedures are implemented;
  • A case conference involving parents and support agencies is convened;
  • Permanent exclusion after consultation with the Governing Body and the LA;
  • Parents have the right of appeal to the Governing Body against any decision to exclude.


The school may decide that if a very serious problem arises the normal procedure may be abandoned with a child being taken home straight away.  Physical aggression towards any member of our school community may result in an exclusion.  Any child who is found to have made malicious allegations, against a member of school staff, will be dealt with in line with our school rules and in partnership with parents.


Lunchtime Supervision


At lunchtime, supervision is carried out by the Senior Mid-day Supervisor, a team of  Mid-day Supervisors, members of teaching staff and the Head Teacher.  The Senior Supervisor can refer to the Head Teacher if necessary.  The Senior Supervisor and Mid-day supervisors are expected to maintain order.  Usually this consists of reminding children of the standard of behaviour expected.  Mid-day Supervisors give out stickers to well-behaved pupils.  If children have their name recorded in the lunch time behaviour book they are spoken to by the Senior Mid-day Supervisor.


Persistent or serious misbehaviour at lunchtime is brought to the attention of the Head Teacher.  This results in loss of privileges and playtimes.  Parents will be informed if there is no improvement in behaviour and the child will be excluded from the premises at lunchtime for a fixed time.  This will be followed, if necessary, by permanent exclusion.  The Head Teacher records incidents.


The  Mid-day Supervisors must be treated with the respect expected by all adults at our school.  Verbal or physical abuse will not be tolerated.


Guidance for promoting positive behaviour


At all times staff should encourage good behaviour through praise, rewards and example.   No member of staff must in any way physically punish a child. 


If there is a need for sanctions then the following may be used, depending on each child’s needs:

  • Redirect to another activity;
  • Talk to the child – discuss what has happened;
  • Discussion in groups or whole class;
  • Move the child from the group to work on his/her own;
  • Time out to reflect;
  • Repeat work;
  • Miss playtime (but must be supervised);
  • Parental involvement
  • Home contact book/daily contact with parent/carer
  • Yellow and Red Cards
  • Incidents are recorded in the Behaviour Book




Parents can help:

  • By understanding and acknowledging that an effective school behaviour system requires close partnership between all in the school community and support it;
  • By knowing that learning and teaching cannot take place without sound discipline;
  • By discussing the school rules with their child, emphasising their support of them and assisting when possible with their enforcement;
  • By signing and adhering to the Home School Agreement;
  • By speaking to their child’s Teacher if they have any concerns about behaviour;
  • By attending Parents’ Evenings;
  • By remembering that staff deal with behaviour problems patiently and positively, and within a reasonable period. 


Racist Behaviour

This school does not tolerate racism or other discriminatory name calling or action. The staff of the school pursue an active policy of careful monitoring to ensure as far as possible, that all children enjoy equal opportunities in the activities of the school, regardless of gender, creed, background and appropriate ability. The teaching methods encourage awareness and appreciation of ethnic differences, cultural diversity and racial equality.   We aim to prepare pupils for life in a world where they will meet, live and work with people of different cultures, religions, languages, and ethnic backgrounds.  We are committed to combating racial discrimination across the whole school community, which includes pupils, all staff, parents/carers, governors and visitors.

Racist behaviour is defined as conduct or words which advantage or disadvantage people because of their race, colour, culture or ethnic origin.


Racist incidents are any incidents which are perceived to be racist by the victim or any other person.


Racist incidents comprise all those unwanted actions, by a person or group, directed at people of different ethnic origins, which cause humiliation, offence or distress or interfere with their performance, or create an unpleasant working environment and which are motivated by racial considerations.


As such, they may:

  • Comprise remarks or actions associated with a person's colour, race, nationality or ethnic or national origin;
  • Emphasise a person's colour, race, nationality, ethnic or national origin over his/her role as a pupil, member of staff or carer.


The behaviour associated with racial incidents may involve:

  • verbal abuse and threats;
  • physical assault;
  • threatening behaviour and verbal abuse;
  • name calling, insult and jokes;
  • racist comments or graffiti;
  • ridicule of cultural preference;
  • incitement of others to behave in racist ways through comments, badges or literature;
  • refusal to co-operate with others pupils because of their race.


We recognise that:

  • racist incidents will happen from time to time in our school community;
  • the fact that they are not always reported, does not mean they are not happening;
  • racism makes children's lives unhappy and can hinder learning.


Children and parents are encouraged to share any worries they have at an early stage so that action can be taken immediately.  Children may choose to talk to any member of staff.


Parents are encouraged to inform their child’s teacher or the Head Teacher of any concerns they have.  Any report will be investigated and taken seriously.  Complainants will be informed of the outcome.


Linked documents:


Personal Organiser – Home School Agreement

Equalities Policy

Equal Opportunities Policy

Anti-Bullying Policy

Child Friendly Anti Bullying Policy

Safeguarding Policy

Physical Intervention Policy

Whistle Blowing Policy


Behaviour Lead:            Mr Baxter

Behaviour Governor:     Mrs Reed