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​Our Behaviour Ethos​

At Hankham we have a positive behaviour policy which is understood by pupils, staff and parents, and is applied consistently.  Pupils know that behaviour management is consistent and fair and are better able to adopt positive attitudes to learning.

Expectations are high and adults model the behaviour they expect to see.


We know that pupils behave better when they are involved in interesting and relevant learning. For this reason, planning appropriate levels of support and challenge in the context of engaging activities is at the heart of our ethos for ensuring good behaviour across the school.

Praise, encouragement and a sense of social justice are the cornerstones of our behaviour policy. We focus on identifying and reinforcing good behaviour.

Our code

At all times, we:


•             move quietly and safely

•             are   polite

•             try our best in our work and relationships

•             respect the views, beliefs and the property of others

•             respect and care for our environment

•             help and look after others

•             use appropriate language

•             are proud to represent our school

•             start each day on time and ready to learn


Reinforcing the Code

We constantly reinforce the code by giving praise and encouragement, and support pupils to achieve the expected standard in calm discussion.

Whole school reinforcement strategies include stickers for good work, stickers for good conduct, DoJos , Merits, Special Mentions in Reward Assembly.​

Teachers also develop their own reinforcement strategies, in addition to the above and in negotiation with groups or individual pupils, to ensure they are relevant to the needs of their class.

All pupils sometimes need supporting to achieve the high standards we expect.  At Hankham we do this by ensuring that all learning activities are engaging and appropriately challenging, modelling appropriate behaviour and constantly reinforcing good examples.  With this in place, where pupils are still not complying with the code, we use a  staged response system.  Pupils know that they need to adjust their behaviour or there will be further consequences.

Some types of behaviour are never acceptable, and as part of our code we do not accept any incidents of:

•Hate-based behaviour e.g. racist, sexist or homophobic language and behaviour

•Bullying (repeated, long standing or continuous  violence, physical or psychological, conducted by an individual or group against an individual who is not able to defend himself in the actual situation)

•Intentional harming of others

We make sure that pupils understand why these are wrong, through a planned programme of Personal, Social, and Citizenship education.  Incidents of such behaviour are serious and dealt with on a special case basis, with parents always informed and appropriate action taken.