St Joseph's Catholic Primary Academy

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Positive Behaviour Policy

‘Never have any grudges against others, or lose your temper, or raise your voice to anybody, or call each other names, or allow any sort of spitefulness. Be friends with one another, and kind, forgiving each other as readily as God forgave you in Christ.’

Ephesians 4:3132.

In order to achieve our Mission Statement an essential requirement is that children behave in an appropriate, respectful and acceptable manner, that they feel valued and have a sense of worth and well being. It is also essential that we welcome parents and families into the school and encourage them to be involved in all aspects of school life. Just as the school seeks to fully involve parents, it is equally important that parents accept responsibility for meeting with school staff when requested, in order to jointly foster good behaviour.

All staff should accept the responsibility for the care of the children and all staff should play their part in demonstrating and maintaining the high standards that are expected. By establishing good relationships with the children and by listening to them we will more readily notice changes in behaviour patterns, or discern anxieties which we can then attempt to address.

Our approach to managing behaviour will be positive and will nurture good relationships within the school community. We teach the virtues in line with the Diocesan programme and this is supported by our Leader in Me programme, which enables children access to a toolkit of strategies to help them to take control of their behaviour and to deal with issues in a positive way, leading to a positive outcome.

New children who join school mid phase are assigned buddies from the class who are good role models, to help them settle in to school life as well as learn and follow the school rules.

When the children are curious and interested and work is matched to their ability, there tends to be good behaviour. If we hold high expectations of the children, they will generally try to match them. The children should be given the opportunity to take responsibility for their learning and be involved in recognising their achievement.

All rewards and praise must be genuine to maintain their value and skill may be needed to draw some pupils into the culture of good behaviour although we do not routinely reward children for behaving in the manner we expect.

There will also on some occasions need to be appropriate sanctions. Where sanctions are implemented it is important for the child to understand why, and if appropriate, be given the opportunity to discuss the situation.

Whenever possible, the child should go home at the end of each day reconciled to the situation and ready to make a fresh start the next day.

Within the school community we must be consistent in the way we treat each other and everyone should consistently expect the highest standard of work and behaviour.

School approach to promoting positive behaviour - SCHOOL RULES

  1. Always do what a member of staff tells you to do straight away!
  2. Always treat others with respect and courtesy!
  3. Always walk quietly around the school!
  4. Always tell the truth!
  5. Always look after yourself, our school and the things in it!
  6. Always work hard and do your best to be the best version of yourself that you can be!

These simple rules are designed to put into effect our policy on promoting good behaviour. Our positive approach should be seen in the way we praise and reward good work or behaviour.

Possible rewards for good work / behaviour

  1. Smile
  2. Verbal praise
  3. Good work shown / read to the class
  4. Work shown to other class / staff
  5. Work displayed
  6. Work shown to senior staff
  7. Work shown to the Headteacher
  8. Note to parent-carer /text to parent-carer/ see parent-carer
  9. Sticker/voucher
  10. Certificate

Each class has a Recognition Board and this is used to capture the names of the children meeting the target set for good learning behaviour in class.

We award Always badges to those children who are excellent role models in school and encourage all our children to aspire to achieve one.

Children can earn stickers and/or certificates for both behaviour, effort and academic achievement over and above what is expected.

Certificates can be taken home.

Teachers can award a ‘Star of the Week’ from their class. Photographs of these children will be displayed on the wall in the hall for one week and a certificate will be taken home. Each ‘Star of the Week’ will be given a small trophy which they can take home for that week, returning it for the next child

Other awards may be given at the discretion of the teacher or introduced in line with new initiatives or strategies to further promote excellent behaviour and conduct.


Unfortunately, there will be times when children do not behave appropriately and in order for the children to realise that this is not acceptable there are agreed consequences and sanctions.


  1. Ignore if appropriate
  2. Check work differentiation – be aware that the SENDCo may need to be informed if the child has an IEP
  3. Look or gesture
  4. Verbal reprimand
  5. The following are in no particular order:

-  time out of class – sent to teacher of previous year group with work to complete

-  Move the child within the classroom by changing groups or working alone for a short period of time

-  R/KS1 speak informally to parents/carers at end of day

  1. Child sent to Deputy Head if teacher has had to speak to parents/carers x3 within a half term
  2. Child sent to Head if no improvement


If inappropriate behaviour persists this may lead to:

  1. Exclusion at lunchtimes
  2. Temporary exclusion from school
  3. Permanent exclusion from school


Involving parents/carers as early as possible keeps them informed about their child’s behaviour in school. Teacher’s should use their professional discretion. The following may be employed:

-  Quiet word with the parent-carer at the end of the day

-  School-home behaviour book – taking the most positive approach possible

-  Parent-carer asked to call in at the same time each week to see teacher

-  A phone call to parents-carers if they cannot get into school

-  A letter to the parents-carers informing them formally of their child’s unacceptable behaviour and that the Deputy Head / Head has been informed


There may be occasions when serious incidents occur and the above progression is not appropriate.

For example: racial abuse, physical abuse (eg biting), swearing, abuse towards another member of staff.

In such cases the child/ren will be sent straight to the Headteacher (or the Deputy in the absence of the Head).

Staff, of course, are expected to use their professional discretion in such situations.


The member of the staff dealing with any situation should make a record of any incident and if it is serious it must be logged on CPOMS.

All staff will deal appropriately with an unacceptable behaviour and ensure that key staff eg: Class teacher is made aware and what action has been taken or decided upon.

In the event of exclusion being considered the support of the LA would be sought and Governors would be informed.

This policy applies to all pupils within the school but in implementing the policy we must have regard for the fact that some children have a variety of special needs and account must be taken of this.

This policy has been agreed by staff and governors.