St Luke’s CE Primary School Behavioural Policy


Statement of intent

  1. Legal framework
  2. Roles and responsibilities
  3. Definitions
  4. Training of staff
  5. Pupil expectations
  6. Smoking and drug policy
  7. Rewarding good behaviour
  8. Punishing poor behaviour
  9. Behaviour off school premises
  10. Behaviour and sanctions
  11. Detentions
  12. Items banned from the school premises
  13. Confiscation of inappropriate items
  14. Use of reasonable force
  15. Controlled substances
  16. Outside the school and wider community
  17. Monitoring and review

Statement of intent

St Luke’s CE Primary school is committed to opening eyes, hearts and minds.  Opening our eyes to possibilities, our hearts to all others and to spirituality and our minds to knowledge.  Living the prayer of St Francis with forgiveness for past mistakes, joy in the present and hope for the future.

St Luke’s CE Primary School believes that, in order to facilitate teaching and learning, acceptable behaviour must be demonstrated in all aspects of school life.

The school is committed to:

  • Promoting desired behaviour.
  • Promoting self-esteem, self-discipline, proper regard for authority, and positive relationships based on mutual respect.
  • Ensuring equality and fair treatment for all.
  • Praising and rewarding good behaviour.
  • Challenging and disciplining bad behaviour.
  • Providing a safe environment, free from disruption, violence, discrimination, bullying and any form of harassment.
  • Encouraging positive relationships with parents/carers.
  • Developing positive relationships with our pupils to enable early intervention.
  • A shared approach which involves pupils in the implementation of the school’s policy and associated procedures.
  • Promoting a culture of praise and encouragement in which all pupils can achieve.



1.         Legal framework

  • This policy has due regard to statutory legislation, including, but not limited to, the following:
  • The Education Act 1996
  • The Education Act 2002
  • The Equality Act 2010
  • The Education and Inspections Act 2006
  • The Health Act 2006
  • The School Information (England) Regulations 2008
    • This policy also has regard to DfE guidance, including, but not limited to, the following:
  • DfE ‘Behaviour and discipline in schools’ 2016

Roles and responsibilities

  • The governing body has overall responsibility for the implementation of this Behavioural Policy and of the behaviour procedures at the school.
  • The governing body has overall responsibility for ensuring that this policy, as written, does not discriminate on any grounds, including, but not limited to, ethnicity/national origin, culture, religion, gender, disability or sexual orientation.
  • The governing body is responsible for handling complaints regarding this policy, as outlined in the school’s Complaints Policy.
  • The headteacher is responsible for establishing the standard of behaviour expected by pupils at the school.
  • The headteacher is responsible for determining the school rules and any disciplinary sanctions for breaking the rules.
  • The headteacher is responsible for the day-to-day implementation of this policy.
  • The headteacher is responsible for publishing this policy and making it available to staff, parents/carers and pupils at least once a year.
  • All members of staff, volunteers and support staff are responsible for adhering to this policy and ensuring that all pupils do too.
  • All members of staff, volunteers and support staff are responsible for promoting a supportive and high quality learning environment, and for modelling high levels of behaviour.
  • Members of staff, as authorised by the headteacher, as responsible for punishing pupils who display poor levels of behaviour. This responsibility includes the power to discipline pupils even when they are not in school or in the charge of a member of staff.
  • Pupils are responsible for their own behaviour both inside school and out in the wider community.
  • Pupils are responsible for reporting any unacceptable behaviour to a member of staff.
  • Parents/carers are responsible for the behaviour of their child(ren) inside and outside of school.

3.         Definitions

3.1.         For the purpose of this policy, the school defines “serious unacceptable behaviour” as any behaviour which may cause harm to oneself or others, damage the reputation of the school within the wider community, and/or any illegal behaviour, including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Discrimination – not giving equal respect to an individual on the basis of disability, gender, race, religion, age, sexuality and/or marital status
  • Harassment – behaviour towards others which is unwanted, offensive and affects the dignity of the individual or group of individuals
  • Vexatious behaviour – deliberately acting in a manner so as to cause annoyance or irritation
  • Bullying – a type of harassment which involves criticism, personal abuse or persistent actions which humiliate, intimidate, frighten or demean the individual
  • Cyberbullying – the use of electronic communication to bully a person, typically by sending messages of an intimidating or threatening nature
  • Possession of legal or illegal drugs, alcohol or tobacco
  • Possession of banned items
  • Truancy
  • Refusing to comply with disciplinary sanctions
  • Theft
  • Swearing, racist remarks or threatening language
  • Fighting or aggression

3.2.         For the purpose of this policy, the school defines “low level unacceptable behaviour” as any behaviour which may disrupt the education of the perpetrator and/or other pupils, including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Lateness
  • Low level disruption and talking in class
  • Failure to complete classwork
  • Rudeness
  • Use of mobile phones without permission
  • Graffiti

3.3.         “Unacceptable behaviour” may be escalated as “serious unacceptable behaviour” depending on the behaviour breach.

4.         Training of staff

4.1.         The school recognises that early intervention can prevent bad behaviour. As such, teachers will receive training in identifying problems before they escalate; this can be behavioural problems in the classroom or during breaks/lunchtime.

4.2.         Teachers and support staff will receive training on this policy as part of their new starter induction.

4.3.         Teachers and support staff will receive regular and ongoing training as part of their development.

5.         Pupil expectations

5.1.         Pupils will be expected to follow the school Code of Conduct which requires pupils to:

  • Conduct themselves around the school premises in a safe, sensible and respectful manner.
  • Arrive to lessons on time and fully prepared.
  • Follow reasonable instructions given by the teacher.
  • Behave in a reasonable and polite manner towards all staff and pupils.
  • Show respect for the opinions and beliefs of others.
  • Complete classwork as requested.
  • Report unacceptable behaviour.
  • Show respect for the school environment.

6.         Smoking and drug policy

6.1.         In accordance with part 1 of the Health Act 2006, our school is a smoke free environment. This includes all buildings, out-buildings, playgrounds, playing fields and sheltered areas.

6.2.         Parents/carers, visitors and staff are instructed not to smoke on school grounds and should avoid smoking in front of pupils and/or encouraging pupils to smoke.

6.3.         Pupils are not permitted to bring smoking materials or nicotine products to school. This includes, but is not limited to, cigarettes, e-cigarettes, lighters, matches or pipes.

6.4.         In the interest of health and hygiene, the school requests that people refrain from smoking outside the school gates.

6.5.         Pupils and staff are required to follow the school’s Drug and Alcohol Policy.

7.         Rewarding good behaviour

7.1.         The school recognises that pupils should be rewarded for their display of good behaviour.

7.2.         The school will use the following rewards for displaying good behaviour:

  • Certificates
  • Postcards home
  • Headteacher awards
  • Verbal praise
  • Prizes
  • Stickers/house points
  • Whole-class rewards
  • Super Student Badges


8.         Punishing poor behaviour

8.1.         Teachers are able to discipline pupils whose behaviour falls below the established Code of Conduct at the school.

8.2.         If a pupil misbehaves, breaks a school rule, or fails to follow instructions issued by a member of staff, the teacher is able to punish the pupil for their poor behaviour.

8.3.         In order for the punishment to be lawful, the school will ensure that:

  • The decision to punish a pupil is made by a paid member of school staff, or a member of staff authorised to do so by the headteacher.
  • The decision to punish a pupil is made on the school premises or whilst the pupil is under the charge of a member of staff, such as during an educational trip/visit.
  • The decision to punish a pupil is reasonable and will not discriminate on any grounds, such as disability, race, special educational needs – as per the Equality Act 2010 in respect of safeguarding pupils with special educational needs, and any other equality rights.

8.4.         The school will ensure that all punishments are reasonable in all circumstances, and will take into account the pupil’s age, religious requirements and any special educational needs or disabilities.

8.5.         The headteacher may delegate the power to punish poor behaviour to volunteers, such as parents/carers who assist during an educational visit/trip.

8.6.         The headteacher may limit the power to punish poor behaviour from individual members of staff.

9.         Behaviour off school premises

9.1.         Teachers are able to punish pupils for misbehaviour outside of the school premises.

9.2.         Teachers may discipline pupils for misbehaviour off the school premises when the pupil is:

  • Wearing school uniform.
  • Travelling to or from school.
  • Taking part in any school-related activity.
  • In any way identifiable as being a pupil at the school.


9.3.         Teachers may also discipline pupils for misbehaviour off the school premises that, irrespective of the above:

  • Could negatively affect the reputation of the school.
  • Could pose a threat to another pupil, a member of staff at the school, or a member of the public.
  • Could disrupt the orderly running of the school.


9.4.         Any bullying witnessed outside of the school premises and reported to a member of staff, will be dealt with in accordance with the school’s Anti-bullying Policy.

9.5.         The school will impose the same behaviour sanctions for bullying incidents and non-criminal bad behaviour which is witnessed outside of the school premises, as would be imposed for the same behaviour conducted on school premises.

9.6.         In all cases of misbehaviour outside of the school premises, teachers will only impose any behaviour sanctions once the pupil has returned to the school premises or when under the supervision of a member of staff.

10.      Behaviour and sanctions

10.1.      At St Luke’s CE Primary School there is no corporal punishment.

10.2.      Where pupils display aggressive and/or threatening behaviour, or illegal activity discovered, the school will not hesitate to contact the police.

10.3.      Any pupil, staff member or visitor displaying aggressive and/or threatening behaviour will be removed from the premises.

10.4.      Teachers have the freedom to impose sanctions as they see fit depending on the behaviour, and age, of the pupil:

  • In the first instance, the teacher will tell the pupil to stop the behaviour, explaining to the pupil why their behaviour is unacceptable.
  • If the pupil does not stop immediately, the teacher will give a second warning.
  • If the pupil continues to behave badly, the teacher will give a final warning, advising that if they continue, they will remove the pupil from the classroom.
  • If the pupil continues the behaviour following the final warning, the teacher may issue another sanction.
  • Sanctions will be dependent on the seriousness of the misdemeanour.
  • If a pupil is sent to another classroom/isolation, misses break/lunchtime or receives a detention, the headteacher may contact the pupil’s parent/carer to advise them of this, and may invite them to discuss their child’s behaviour.
  • If a pupil misbehaves on the playground, the same process will be followed and the pupil will be sent inside to spend the rest of their break/lunchtime indoors, after receiving a final warning.
  • Any pupils that are sent indoors will be supervised by a member of staff at all times.

10.5.      The school has a range of disciplinary measures which can be used, including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Giving a verbal warning
  • Providing extra work or repeating unsatisfactory work until it meets the required standard
  • Taking away privileges, e.g. not being able to participate in non-uniform days, or losing extra, prized responsibility.
  • Missing break/lunchtime, or detentions during lunchtime, after school and at weekends
  • Engaging in school-based community service, e.g. picking up litter
  • Placing the pupil on report for constant monitoring or other consistent behaviour checks
  • Excluding the pupil either temporarily or permanently, in extreme cases.


10.6.      Teachers will use their judgement when issuing sanctions, taking into account whether they believe the pupil’s behaviour was intentional, especially if it is the first time the pupil has displayed this behaviour.

10.7.      At all times, teachers will discuss the behaviour with the pupil to ensure the pupil understands why it is inappropriate and to prevent any reoccurring behaviour.

10.8.      Any member of staff who witnesses a display of unacceptable behaviour, or who issues any sanction to a pupil, must report this to the headteacher.

10.9.      The headteacher will keep a record of all reported incidents.

10.10.    The school does not take serious unacceptable behaviour lightly, and will not hesitate to act in the best interest of the pupils within the school.

10.11.    Following an allegation of serious unacceptable behaviour, an investigation by the headteacher takes place.

10.12.    If, following an investigation, the allegation is found to be true, the headteacher will issue the appropriate disciplinary action.

10.13.    Any decision made to exclude a pupil will only be done so by the headteacher in accordance with the school’s Exclusion Policy.

10.14.    All bullying incidents will be dealt with in accordance with the procedures outlined in the school’s Anti-bullying Policy.

10.15.    Any allegations made against a member of staff’s behaviour and misconduct will be dealt with in accordance with the school’s Allegations Against Staff Policy.

10.16.    The school will consider whether the behaviour displayed by the pupil gives reason to suspect that the pupil is suffering, or is likely to suffer, significant harm. In these instances, the procedures outlined in the school’s Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy will be followed.

10.17.    The school will also consider whether the displayed behaviour is an indicator that the pupil’s educational, or other, needs are not being met. In this instance, the school will consider whether a multi-agency assessment of the pupil’s behaviour would be beneficial.

10.18.    Pupils are permitted to eat during the allocated times of the school day and may use the toilet as required.

11.      Detentions

11.1.      The school will make it clear to parents/carers and pupils that they are able to use detention as a sanction, both during and outside of school hours.

11.2.      All teachers at the school are able to impose detention on a pupil, unless the headteacher decides to withdraw this power from any teacher.

11.3.      The headteacher may decide to delegate the power to impose detention to volunteers, such as parents/carers who assist during educational visit/trips.

11.4.      The following indicate the times during which detention can be issued outside of school hours:

  • Any school day where the pupil is not authorised to be absent
  • During weekends, except for any weekend preceding or following a half-term
  • Any non-teaching day, e.g. INSET days


11.5.      Parental consent is not required for detentions and therefore, the school is able to issue detention as a sanction without first notifying the parents/carers of the pupil.

11.6.      When issuing detentions, members of staff will ensure that they do so reasonably within the given circumstances, and that they take into account any additional needs of the pupil.

11.7.      If the detention is during lunchtime, 25 minutes will be allocated to allow the pupil time to eat, drink and use the toilet.

11.8.      When issuing detentions which are set to be outside of school hours, the member of staff doing so will consider:

  • Whether the detention is likely to put the pupil at risk.
  • Whether the pupil has identified caring responsibilities which would make the detention unreasonable.
  • Whether the parents/carers ought to be informed of the detention, e.g. it may not be necessary to do so if the detention is for short period after school and the pupil is able to return home safely.
  • Whether suitable transport arrangements are in place between the parents/carers and the pupil.
  1. It does not matter whether these transport arrangements are inconvenient to the parents/carers.

12.      Items banned from the school premises

12.1.      Fire lighting equipment:

  • Matches, lighters, etc.

12.2.      Drugs and smoking equipment:

  • Cigarettes
  • Tobacco
  • Cigarette papers
  • Electronic cigarettes (e-cigs)
  • Alcohol
  • Solvents
  • Any form of illegal drugs
  • Any other drugs, except medicines covered by the prescribed medicines procedure

12.3.      Weapons and other dangerous implements or substances:

  • Knives
  • Razors
  • Catapults
  • Guns (including replicas and BB guns)
  • Laser pens
  • Knuckle dusters and studded arm bands
  • Whips or similar items
  • Pepper sprays and gas canisters
  • Fireworks
  • Dangerous chemicals

12.4.      Other items:

  • Liquid correction fluid
  • Chewing gum
  • Caffeinated energy drinks
  • Offensive materials (i.e. pornographic, homophobic, racist etc.)
  • Aerosols including deodorant and hair spray


13.      Confiscation of inappropriate items

13.1.      All members of staff are able to use their power to search without consent for any of the items mentioned in section 12 of this policy.

13.2.      Searches will be conducted by a same-sex member of staff, with another same-sex staff member as a witness, unless there is a risk that serious harm will be caused to any person(s) if the search is not done immediately, and it is not practicable to summon another member of staff.

13.3.      Staff members may instruct a pupil to remove outer clothing, including hats, scarves, boots and coats.

13.4.      A pupil’s possessions will only be searched in the presence of the pupil and another member of staff, unless there is a risk that serious harm will be caused to any person(s) if the search is not done immediately, and it is not practicable to summon another member of staff.

13.5.      A staff member carrying out a search can confiscate anything upon which they have reasonable grounds to suspect is a prohibited item.

13.6.      The school is not liable for any damage to, or loss of, any confiscated item.

13.7.      The police will be contacted if any weapons, knives, illegal substances and extreme or child pornography are discovered by a member of staff.

13.8.      For all other items, it is at the discretion of the member of staff to decide if, and when, an item will be returned to a pupil.

13.9.      Parents/carers will be informed of any confiscated item and may be required to collect the item (unless the item relates to alcohol, illegal drugs or tobacco), from the school office.

13.10.    The headteacher will always be notified when any item is confiscated.


14.      Use of reasonable force

14.1.      Members of staff are able to use reasonable force to prevent pupils from committing an offence, injuring themselves or others, or damaging property.

14.2.      Members of staff are also able to use reasonable force in order to maintain good order and discipline in the classroom.

14.3.      The headteacher and other authorised members of staff are able to use reasonable force when conducting a search without consent for certain prohibited items, including the following:

  • Knives
  • Weapons
  • Illegal drugs
  • Stolen items
  • Tobacco and cigarette papers
  • Fireworks
  • Pornographic images
  • Any articles that have been used, or could be used, to commit an offence or harm


14.4.      Though members of staff are able to search for all of the items listed in section 12 of this policy, reasonable force will only be used, if necessary, to search for the items listed above.

15.      Controlled substances

15.1.      St Luke’s CE Primary School has a zero tolerance policy on illegal drugs and legal highs.

15.2.      Following the identification and confiscation of a controlled substance, the staff member will seal the sample in a plastic bag and include details of the date and time of the confiscation and any witness/witnesses present.

15.3.      The staff member will store the sample in the office filing cabinet.

15.4.      The incident will be reported to the police immediately. The police will then collect the item and deal with it in line with their agreed protocols.

15.5.      The school will not hesitate to name the pupil from whom the drugs were taken to the police, and a full incident report will be completed.

15.6.      Any further measures will be undertaken in line with the school’s Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy.

15.7.      Where controlled substances are found on school trips away from the school premises, the parents/carers/guardians of the pupil, as well as local police, will be notified.


16.      Outside school and the wider community

16.1.      Pupils at the school must agree to represent the school in a positive manner.

16.2.      The guidance laid out in the Code of Conduct applies both inside school and out in the wider community, particularly if the pupil is dressed in school uniform.

16.3.      Complaints from members of the public about bad behaviour by pupils at the school are taken very seriously and will be dealt with in accordance with the Complaints Procedure Policy.


17.      Monitoring and review

17.1.      This policy will be reviewed by the headteacher and governing body on an annual basis, who will make any necessary changes and communicate this to all members of staff.

17.2.      This policy will be made available for inspection and review by the chief inspector, upon request.


St Luke’s CE Primary School Anti Bullying Policy

St Luke’s believes in opening eyes, hearts and minds. Opening our eyes to possibilities, our hearts to all others and to spirituality and our minds to knowledge.  Living the prayer of St Francis with forgiveness for past mistakes, joy in the present and hope for the future.



This policy has been developed with due regard to:

  • The Education and Inspections Act 2006
  • The Equality Act 2010
  • The Children Act 1989
  • The Protection from Harassment Act 1997
  • The Malicious Communications Act 1988
  • The Communications Act 2003
  • The Public Order Act 1986
  • The Human Rights Act 1998
  • Keeping Children Safe in Education
  • Working Together to Safeguard Children


Bullying can be unprovoked and involves behaviours which disrespect, hurt, threaten or frighten another person or group of people. It involves a perpetrator or perpetrators, a target or targets and witnesses.

Bullying can have a long-term effect on children and young people’s educational, emotional and social development, which sometimes lasts into adult life. Some children may refuse to go to school and/or become ill, while others may become socially isolated and lonely. Schoolwork can suffer. Over a period of time, their self-esteem can be affected and a few children may become depressed or, in extreme cases, even attempt suicide.

Bullying is characterised by an imbalance and misuse of power between the perpetrator and the target. Often bullying is hidden as targets do not tell about their experience for fear of escalation and retaliation. It can continue for long periods.

Bullying methods

Bullying methods may be physical, social or psychological and include:

  • verbal: name-calling, taunting, mocking, making offensive comments, gossiping, mimicking, spreading hurtful and untruthful rumours
  • physical: kicking, hitting, pushing, fighting, taking or damaging belongings, stealing money with threats
  • indirect bullying: spreading hurtful rumours, socially excluding people, sometimes through silent bullying, from groups and activities to hurt and lower their self esteem
  • cyberbullying: sending inappropriate text messaging and email through websites; abuse via social networking sites, chat rooms and Instant Messenger; sending offensive or degrading images by phone or via the internet, and bullying via online gaming.

Prejudice-related bullying

Prejudice-related bullying (also known as identity-based bullying or bias bullying) refers to any form of bullying related to the characteristics considered unique to a child’s identity, such as:

  • bullying due to race, religion, beliefs (spiritual, moral, social and cultural development)
  • bullying because of special educational needs and disabilities
  • bullying about appearance and health
  • bullying related to gender identity such as homophobic bullying or sexual bullying
  • bullying due to home circumstances such as young carers or children in care.

These forms of bullying are not only targeted at an individual, but reflect negative attitudes towards a wider sub-community or group to whom that individual identifies with (or is believed to identify with).

Who gets bullied?

Anyone can be bullied and sometimes children and young people may be a target of bullying and bullying others at the same time. Some children are bullied for no obvious reason, while others are bullied because they are seen to be different in some way. For example, they may have special educational needs, look different or come from a different cultural background.

Bullying and other behaviour

Bullying is sometimes used as a convenient label but it is not an ‘all or nothing’ phenomenon. There is a point at which play becomes coercive, lively interaction and banter between people becomes abusive and humour becomes wounding. In relationship conflict random aggressive acts or interactions may occur, but the use of power between the equals involved does not become destructive.

Bullying does not come about as a result of fixed personality traits leading to children and young people becoming a permanent ‘bully’ or a ‘victim’. Research suggests that many ‘perfectly nice’ and popular children use bullying behaviours on occasions, and many are unaware of the devastating impact which their behaviour has on those they target.

St Luke’s has high expectations of behaviour from all children where tolerance and respect is shown to all, this helps reduce bullying.  Bullying issues and how to handle them are discussed in PSHE lessons, Collective Worship time, circle time and individually with children if appropriate. Co-operative play is encouraged and older children are encouraged to work with midday supervisors to engage the younger children in interesting activities in their role as a Buddy.

The children have defined bullying as:





If a child is being made to feel bullied they are encouraged to tell an adult.  If they report it to a parent the parent is encouraged to report it to school.  All reported incidences of bullying should be referred to the headteacher and recorded on a bullying form.

Accusations of bullying are always taken seriously.  They are investigated and all parties are invited to give their version of events. Following the investigation, a plan of action will be developed to support all the children.


National helplines

Childline tel: 0800 11 11
Kidscape tel: 0845 205 204 – bullying counsellors
Family Lives tel: 0808 800 2222 – free confidential help for anyone looking after a child
Get Connected tel: 0808 8084994 – free confidential helpline for young people
Samaritans tel: 08457 90 90 90 – helpline for those in distress


Childline is a free, confidential 24 hour counselling service for children and young people in trouble or danger. They offer advice and support to children, young people and adults on a range of topics including child abuse and bullying.

Kidscape helps to prevent bullying and child abuse. They provide information, advice and resources on how to keep children safe from harm.

GOV.UK bullying gives information, support and advice to parents and carers on what to do if their child is being bullied.

Bullying UK is an award-winning charity which is dedicated to providing detailed help and advice for the victims of bullying and their parents and carers.

UniCEF Rights Respecting schools award is an award for transforming whole schools into places where children feel safe, nurtured and in control of their futures.