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Behaviour Principles Written Statement:


Rationale and Purpose

This Statement has been drawn up in accordance with the Education and Inspections Act 2006, and DfE guidance (The school behaviour policy: the role of the governing body) and  the Equality Act 2010.


The purpose of this statement is to provide guidance for the headteacher in drawing up the Fawbert and Barnard Infants' School Behaviour Policies (Positive Behaviour, Anti-Bullying and Reducing the Need for Restrictive Intervention in Schools) so that they reflect the shared aspirations and beliefs of governors, staff,  parents and carers for the children in the school, as well as taking full account of law and guidance on behaviour matters. Staff should be confident that they have the governor’s support when following this guidance.


This is a statement of principles, not practice: it is the responsibility of the headteacher to draw up the Behaviour Policies at Fawbert and Barnard Infants' School, though they must take account of these principles when formulating this.


The headteacher is also asked to take account of the guidance in DfE publication Behaviour and Discipline in Schools: a guide for headteachers and school staff (January 2016).


The Behaviour Policies must be publicised, in writing, to staff, parents/carers and children each year. It must also appear on the school’s website.

Our  Behaviour Principles

reflect our school values and our curriculum drivers.


At Fawbert & Barnard Infants' School we believe that every child has a right to be treated with respect and dignity, deserves to have their needs recognised and be given the right support. All school staff need to be able to safely manage behaviour and understand what a child is seeking to communicate through difficult or dangerous behaviours. The purpose of this policy is to create a happy, pleasant, secure and stimulating learning environment where everyone will be encouraged and inspired to do their very best. We believe that high-quality teaching promotes effective learning and prosocial behaviour and experiences. Our emphasis will be on recognising and celebrating effort and success, so that all pupils feel valued. We will teach pupils to take responsibility for their own actions, to understand the consequences of their choices and to become responsible citizens for the future. We have a zero tolerance approach to bullying, racism and all other forms of discrimination by adults or pupils, and any such incidents will be dealt with promptly and firmly. Our policy is based on Hertfordshire ‘Steps’ model and is the local authority’s preferred approach to therapeutic behaviour management.


Our School Aims

To continue to provide an excellent early education for every child in our care in a safe, enjoyable and stimulating environment where each individual is valued, and encourage to develop their love of learning.


Through the ‘Steps’ approach we aim to promote;

  • Shared focus on inclusion of all children and young people within their educational setting
  • A shared set of values and beliefs
  • Open and shared communication
  • A shared commitment to diversion and de-escalation
  • Shared risk management
  • Shared reparation, reflection and restoration

Hertfordshire Steps focuses on care and control, not punishment. It uses techniques to deescalate a situation before a crisis occurs and, where a crisis does occur, it adopts techniques to reduce the risk of harm. Our behaviour policy supports these principles.


All staff have attended training during the 2021 academic year and this was delivered by accredited tutors.


Our Expectations

Staff and other adults in school will:

  • be aware of, understand and support the policies and procedures that help our school work effectively
  • model the behaviour and actions expected of our children
  • Ensure that all parents are informed (within reasons and data protection) of any matters arising. Including if their child was the instigator, partaker or receiver.
  • be appropriately organised for what they are here to do
  • ensure that they are aware of specific needs and requirements of children in their care
  • ensure that everyone is safe and secure within the school environment and on
  • educational visits
  • use positive phrasing when speaking with children
  • follow the Herts ‘Step On’ principles when dealing with children’s behaviour


How the adults at F&B will promote prosocial behaviour

We help children to be enthusiastic and focused about learning by:

  • recognising and rewarding positive behaviour and achievements
  • providing high quality learning and varied experiences in a stimulating environment
  • promoting a ‘can do’ attitude
  • displaying children’s work in a variety of ways and celebrating their achievements 
  • providing reflection time to help the children learn from their behaviour

Please see the fully policy list via the link below: