Behaviour Policy


Halley Primary is a school with people that are caring, friendly, hard working, and who value achievement. In order for this to continue, we, the adults and children of Halley, have spent a long time discussing our feelings about the kind of behaviour we expect at Halley. This is what we discussed:

  • How we should behave towards others

  • What we thought was acceptable or unacceptable behaviour

  • How we expect others to behave towards us

  • What we should do when people don't behave as they should

  • How adults should respond to children and situations

  • Rewards and sanctions

  • Why people should treat the school property and environment

  • Our attitudes towards work (children and adults)

  • Bullying

  • The expectations our parents have of their children and the school

We've used everybody's ideas and agreed what our responsibilities are in terms of behaviour so that Halley continues to be a great place to be, to work, and to learn. This is what "Great Expectations" is all about.

Adults to Children

Children to Adults

Children to Children

Attitude to Work 

Attitude to the Environment

Rewards and Sanctions

We reward good behaviour in many ways. These are some of them:

  • Verbal approval eg. saying "well done"

  • Speaking to parents

  • Giving the child a special task to do

  • Letting the child sit on a chair

  • Giving the child a 'Well-Done Certificate'

  • Give them a 'smiley face' or put a 'star' on their work

  • Display their work.

Sometimes children's behaviour isn't always perfect. A quick word will usually suffice, but here are some sanctions, suggested by adults and children, that we also use.

  • Diversion

  • Verbal disapproval eg., "Please don't do that.". "I disapprove of that behaviour"

  • Warning about sanction eg., "I've told you before that&ldots;"

  • Separate children or child from object of bad behaviour

  • Ask for an explanation

  • Ask for an apology

  • Ask for a written apology/letter

  • Move to work elsewhere

  • Stay behind after a session

  • Stay behind at playtime/lunchtime

  • Having to work outside the classroom

  • Not allowed to go on a visit/trip out

  • Persistent undesirable behaviour is sanctioned according to the individual child's needs/context, but could include:

  • Conferencing with child/parents/teachers

  • Contracts of behaviour

  • Go on report

  • Exclusion from playground

"It doesn't matter who you are, we all have an active responsibility to monitor behaviour, reward, sanction and to communicate with other members of our school."