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Learning and behaviour

At Osmaston Primary School we have two simple behaviour rules:  "Be nice and work hard".  We explain to our pupils what each of these rules mean and we use the following as examples of each of the rules:


  • Show respect and tolerance to self and others
  • Show gratitude and community support
  • Be kind
  • Be polite
  • Be helpful


  • Listen when someone else is talking
  • Follow the instructions of adults in the school
  • Do your best
  • Complete your homework
  • Follow all classroom routines to maximise learning time
  • Keep in mind your future aspirations

We are very clear in the school that demonstrating good behaviour is a choice that we want our pupils to make.  We know that it is the school staff who will help to create a positive culture for learning by modelling good behaviour and showing that we care.  We have five consistencies within the school that all staff are expected to demonstrate:

  1. Model positive behaviours.
  2. Actively greet all learners as they enter the learning area.
  3. Will not shout.
  4. Will calmly and slowly deal with disruptive learners by ensuring they are stepped through sanction steps giving ‘take up time’ , every time
  5. Follow up every time, personally and engage in reflective dialogue with pupils

You can find out more about the steps that we take to acknowledge good behaviour and sanction poor behaviour by looking at our school behaviour guidelines which you can download here.

We largely follow the principles of behaviour management as set out by Pivotal Education, a company originally started by Paul Dix, who is an expert in dealing with challenging behaviours in school.  If you are interested in the course that the company have available to support parents, then please watch the video below (but please be clear that we are not specifically endorsing this course or making any money from it).

In school we teach that bullying is always wrong and we also explain to pupils how they can help themselves if they ever feel that they are being bullied.  Pupils know that bullying is not the same as 'falling out' with their friends, but it is when there is sustained upsetting behaviour towards a child by another child or children.  We teach children how to help themselves (and others) by follow the rules explained by 'McGruff the Crime Dog' in the video below:

You can download our full behaviour policy by clicking here.  Please note that our behaviour policy also includes sections on how we manage bullying, the use of reasonable force, circumstances when we might exclude a pupil and our legal powers to search pupils.

Please note that we will not tolerate rude or aggressive behaviour by pupils towards staff and any occurrence of this is likely to lead to an exclusion, which may be permanent.