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Behaviour at Leighton

Leighton Primary School is a community school. As such, the Governing Body believe that the Behaviour Policy should be underpinned by the rights of the child (United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child), British Values as part of SMSC and the culture for the school. 

Leighton is an inclusive school and is committed to promoting respect, fairness and social inclusion. These principles underlie the school’s behaviour policy. Our aim is to develop happy, confident young people who are curious learners  and compassionate individuals.  We are ambitious for the children and are committed to improving their outcomes for our children as well as promoting positive relationships across the school community.


The children, staff and other members of the school community have the right to feel safe at all times whilst in school. We expect all members of the school community to behave responsibly and to treat each other with courtesy and respect. They should be aware that bullying or harassment of any description is unacceptable even if it occurs outside normal school hours.


  • The Governors strongly believe that high standards of behaviour lie at the heart of a successful school.

  • Effective teaching and learning to promote good behaviour and good behaviour promotes effective learning.

  • Children have the right to learn and to achieve their potential in all aspects of their lives and staff have the right to teach.

  • Governors believe that the expectation of high standards of behaviour which are required during the school day can have a positive effect on the life of young people outside school in encouraging them to become successful citizens.


  • Leighton is an inclusive school, we promote equality and in valuing the individual. We believe all members of the school community should be free from discrimination, harassment and bullying and will not tolerate them in any form. Measures to counteract bullying and discrimination will be consistently applied and monitored for their effectiveness.

  • The school’s legal duties in order to comply with the Equality Act 2010 and which are described in the School’s Equality  Policy will be further reinforced through the Behaviour and Anti-Bullying Policies and seek to safeguard vulnerable pupils. We recognise some pupils may need additional support to meet behaviour expectations.


  • The Governors expect rules to be simple and kept to a minimum.

  • The Governors believe in consistent systems differentiated by age, in taking responsibility for our actions in choice and consequence.

  • We expect that all staff will support rules and codes and ensure consistent application and expectations across the school day.


  • We believe positive behaviours should be praised to encourage good behaviour in the classroom and elsewhere in the school.

  • The Governors expect any rewards system should be consistently applied and where possible measurable. It must be regularly monitored for consistency, fair application and effectiveness.


  • Sanctions for unacceptable/poor behaviour should be known and understood by all staff, other adults with authority for behaviour, pupils and parents/carers including extended provision.

  • It is important that sanctions are monitored for their proper use, consistency and effective impact.


Leighton is committed to working in partnership with families and their children. Working closely with parents and carers we will endeavour for all children to feel safe, happy and secure.  Our aim is to develop happy, confident young people who are curious learners  and compassionate individuals.  Our curriculum is designed to broaden children’s knowledge and experiences, The Home/School Agreement sets out the expectations of parents, school staff and pupils throughout their education at Leighton. 



  • At all times the use of force should be a last resort and every effort must be taken to de-escalate a situation. Governors agree it may be used in the following circumstances (Use of reasonable force and advice DfE): Reasonable force can be used to prevent pupils from

    • hurting themselves or others,

    • from damaging property, or

    • from causing disorder.

  • The Governors expect that authorised staff are appropriately trained in the use of positive handling and restraint (TeamTeach) and that all staff are given advice on de-escalation and behaviour management techniques.

  • There is a statutory duty to record and report all significant incidents including all use of force. Where a risk has been identified, an individual pupil may have a Behaviour Management Plan if appropriate which could specify a particular physical intervention technique for the pupil concerned.



The Governors expect staff to respond to non-criminal poor behaviour and bullying (including online) which occurs anywhere off the school premises and is witnessed by a member of staff or reported to the school. The Policy should include the school’s response to any bad behaviour when the child is:

  • taking part in any school-organised or school-related activity, wearing school uniform, or identifiable as a pupil at the school

Even if the conditions above do not apply, the Policy must take account of misbehaviour at any time which:

  • could have repercussions for the orderly running of the school, poses a threat to another pupil or member of the public or could adversely affect the reputation of the school.