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Behaviour Policy

Equal Opportunity

Whitehouse Primary School supports the principles of Equal Opportunity as embodied in current legislation. We aim to provide an environment in which individual potential can be maximised irrespective of race, religion, gender, age, ability or social circumstances.
This policy extends to pupils and staff. We believe that every pupil is of equal value and has the right to equal educational opportunities. To that end positive action will be taken to ensure that all available human resources, talents and skills are utilised to the full and that every possible step will be taken to ensure that all individuals are treated equally and fairly. 

The school aims:-

  • To create a positive ethos within the school based on a sense of community and shared values, where all children feel safe and are encouraged to achieve -  ‘Believe in Yourself.’

  • To promote high standards of behaviour among staff, pupils and parents.

  • To encourage staff to recognise and praise good behaviour.

  • To make distinctions between minor and more serious misbehaviour and respond accordingly.

  • To use personal and social education as a means of promoting mutual respect, self discipline and social responsibility. 

  • It is a strength of the school that all staff take corporate responsibility for ensuring that pupils behave in a desirable manner and that when necessary are reminded of this with a non confrontational approach.

Strategies for encouraging good behaviour include:-

  • Maintaining an efficient and organised school environment. (See examples below)

  • Cloakroom areas organised and kept tidy with space allocated for coat, PE bags, lunch boxes and lost property.

  • Classrooms organised to allow pupils to access and look after equipment in a responsible manner.

  • PSHE is taught weekly in all classes.

  • Our Learning Mentor supports children to manage their emotions and behaviours in a positive manner

  • Pupils’ work mounted and displayed to a high standard illustrating that the work of the individual or group is valued.

  • Good behaviour being set by all the adults in school towards each other, parents and pupils.

  • Good behaviour is the result of mutual respect- children at Whitehouse will hold a door open for others and are thanked for their consideration of others.

Behaviour at Whitehouse

We aim to encourage children towards self-discipline and awareness of how their actions affect others.  We use a positive approach and comment on good as well as unacceptable behaviour.  In school we operate an Assertive Discipline policy.  The aim of the Assertive Discipline policy is to create a school behaviour management system which is fair and consistent and which establishes a safe, orderly, positive environment in which both children and teachers may flourish. Our system is based on the children following The Golden Rules.

To create a whole school sense of responsibility for good behaviour we operate a House Point system at Whitehouse- children throughout the school are divided into 4 teams named after areas of local interest (Tyne Bridge, Angel of the North, St Mary’s Island and Tynemouth Priory) House Points earned and recorded within each class. The winning team is congratulated in a weekly Achievement Assembly and the winning team each term are allowed to choose a reward of their own choice – from trampolining at the local high school to a theatre trip. Working together as a House Team, using Agents of Change materials, encourages the children to take corporate responsibility and work together.

The assertive discipline plan has 3 parts:

  • Praise and rewards
  • Rules
  • Consequences
Praise and Rewards will usually be in the form of:
  • Spoken praise
  • Certificates and stickers (or other ‘in class’ rewards)
  • House Points-these are awarded by any responsible adult in school.
  • Sharing work with others including the head teacher.
  • Headteacher’s Awards
  • Achievement Certificates awarded in an Achievement Assembly


Consequences of not choosing to follow the rules will usually be in the form of:
  • A spoken or written warning
  • Time working away from their group
  • Withdrawal of privileges (break time)
  • Reflection Room at lunch and break times.
  • Contact parents.
In cases of persistent disobedience it may be necessary to withdraw a child from normal situations, such as the classroom, or playground on a temporary basis.  

We like to work in partnership with parents of any child whose behaviour is giving us cause for concern. In the event of a pupil behaving in an inappropriate way it is the responsibility of the member of staff witnessing the episode to respond by reminding the pupil of what is acceptable and refer to the Golden Rules. If the problem is more serious it is 
 referred to our Learning Mentor, who uses a host of strategies to work towards finding a solution – from anger management strategies to developing social skills.

In the event of more serious, abusive, threatening behaviour occurring, as would endanger pupils or staff, and having exhausted all available avenues of support such as Educational Welfare, the Educational Psychological Service and Behavioural Support Service the headteacher and governors would refer to DFE and LA guidance which could ultimately result in exclusion.
Governors would be kept fully informed. 

Golden Rules for Behaviour
  • Be kind and helpful (don’t hurt people’s feelings)
  • Be gentle (Don’t hurt anyone)
  • Listen (Don’t interrupt)
  • Work hard (Don’t waste time)
  • Be honest (Don’t cover up the truth)
  • Look after property (Don’t waste or damage things)

Policy created by R Woods
Date agreed: March 2017