Our main objectives are to ensure a secure and relaxed environment for everyone at St Matthew’s and to encourage positive attitudes towards work and appropriate behaviour from the whole school community.

The information below is taken from our behaviour policy.  A copy of this policy can be downloaded from our policy section and a hard copy can  be requested from the school office.


  • To give the children the opportunity to develop self-discipline and increase self-esteem.
  • To provide a caring, supportive and stable environment where the children work cooperatively and in which they may realise their full potential physically, emotionally and academically.
  • To develop respect for and understanding of race, religions and ways of life.
  • To create and maintain a community which, by its organisation, structure and ethos demonstrates exemplary moral values and principles.

Our Expectations of School Provision are:

  • A purposeful and positive learning environment
  • An understanding of individual needs
  • A drive towards positive behaviour and attitudes through positive practices
  • An understanding and value of the whole child
  • High expectations in all areas of school life
  • An understanding of responsibilities within the whole school community
  • Independence of thinking and learning*
  • PSHE lessons, Leuven, BLP Circle Time will promote these skills


Classroom Rules and Negotiations

At the beginning of every academic year, each class is expected to set their own classroom rules, which support achievement towards the Golden Rules. These will be displayed on the classroom wall throughout the year and will be reviewed at the start of each term. Class systems may vary between classes and year groups, but will remain positive and within the spirit of this policy, with a focus upon positive actions and practices.

Rewards and Sanctions

Both rewards and sanctions are of course, necessary. It is easier to identify negative behaviour because it is often attention seeking. Good behaviour can go largely unnoticed. It is necessary to acknowledge and praise ‘good’ behaviour and attitudes and to draw attention to these.


Although we want to promote self-discipline, many pupils respond to rewards.

Rewards include:

  • Praise
  • The giving of responsibility
  • Written comment in book
  • Work on display
  • Work shown to other teachers
  • House points
  • Table points to acknowledge good behaviour
  • Green Cards
  • The Headteacher’s Award, for a particularly good piece of work

* Please note that this should always be at the Headteacher’s discretion and children should not be told they are going to receive a Headteacher’s award by a teacher. 

Available Sanctions

Discipline should always be seen to be relevant, fair and consistent.

Sanctions will be more effective if the teacher’s/adult’s relationship with the pupil is positive.

KS1 and EYFS

  1. non-verbal warning
  2. warning
  3. sad side
  4. time out in class
  5. missed play – record in class file
  6. time out in another class – with work (record in class file)
  7. yellow card –record in file, inform parents, inform KS1 leader.  Children should reflect on behaviour through drawing / writing during their lunch break/ missing 15 mins play.  Paper goes in class behaviour file.
  8. If poor behaviour continues – Referral to Head, leading to red card


  1. Non-verbal techniquesg. gesture, facial expression. Using these means other children will not be distracted
  2. Verbal warning to child regarding behaviour
  3. Use of ‘sad side’ of the board (Movement within the classroom eg to a new desk may be appropriate to give the child the chance to change behaviour)
  4. Sad side ticked – leading to time out (time determined by the teacher – in parallel class if at all possible so the learning of the child is uninterrupted)
  5. Yellow Card (parents informed by letter with a tear off slip. Child works in another classroom for the rest of the day including break and lunchtime, to break patterns of behaviour)
  6. If poor behaviour continues – Referral to Head, leading to red card

We always work as closely as possible with the parents of any child experiencing behaviour difficulties. Where required, we personalise our rewards and consequence systems to meet the needs of individual pupils and enable them to succeed. We strive to ensure that our children are excited and immersed in their learning, this in itself reduces behaviour issues in class and around the school.