Behaviour Policy

Everyone is somebody at St. Mary's Cockerton School

Everyone is somebody at St. Mary's Cockerton School

Behaviour at schools within the Dove Academy Trust should reflect the values we place in encouraging learning and co-operation in a civilized society. It should also reflect the Christian character of the schools. Other school policies linked to this are Anti-Bullying Policy, Safeguarding Policy, SEND Policy

Statement about Behaviour in School

We strongly believe that we have a positive first approach to managing school behaviour. We encourage children to reflect on their own actions and recognise that there are consequences to not following rules. We use a system called "Good to be Green" that we have adapted and changed significantly to best suit the needs of the children in our care. Each child is given the daily chance to be the best they can be and earn Good to be Green points that earn them a reward activity at the end of the half term. We make sure that our reward activities are something that the children want to take part in and we've offered some great experiences to the children that earned enough points:


For children with exemplary behaviour, we enter these children into a special prize draw where they have the opportunity to win a visit to Nandos (special thanks to Darlington Nandos for supporting our school with their generous donations)


To maintain a caring, listening school where relationships are built on mutual respect and trust. The development of positive self-esteem is valued as key to providing a happy, successful learning environment.

‘Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus’ Hebrews 12: 1b-2a

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This Behaviour Policy meets the requirements of the Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED) by including the actions taken to penalise bullying that is inflicted on the grounds of race, gender, disability and other characteristics (such as sexual orientation) and it does not include rules, penalties or punishments that would disproportionately affect a particular group

Records of behaviour incidents are regularly monitored to identify if there are any patterns that suggest the Behaviour Policy unintentionally discriminates against a certain group.

If the school finds that a particular group of pupils, for example those with special educational needs, is more affected by the policy than other groups, the policy will be reviewed.


Exclusion is seen as a last resort; after all other attempts to modify behaviour have failed.

Exclusion serves several purposes, including;

·      To act as a punishment and reinforce, in the mind of the child, the seriousness of the behaviour;

·      To maintain high standards of behaviour in school;

·      To secure the well-being and entitlement of other children and staff in school.

The exclusion flowchart (included as part of the behaviour policy) will be used should the Executive Headteacher consider excluding a child.

The Use of Reasonable Force

School staff have a legal power to use reasonable force in order to prevent injury, damage to property or disorder. In schools this is likely to be either to control or to restrain and ranges from guiding a child to safety through to more extreme circumstance such as breaking up a fight or where a child needs to be restrained to prevent violence or injury.

Reasonable force is defined as using no more force than is needed. The decision on whether or not to physically intervene is down to the professional judgement of the member of staff concerned and always depends on individual circumstances. Lawful use of the power to use force will provide a defence to any related criminal prosecution or other legal action.

  • Any use of reasonable force depends not only on individual circumstances but also on information and understanding of the needs of the child concerned which may include adjustments for children with special educational needs or disability.

  • Staff receive Team Teach training which covers de-escalation and positive handling strategies.

  • All incidents where positive handling strategies have been used are logged on CPOMS and discussed with the Executive Headteacher.

  • It is unlawful to use force as a punishment.

  • It is not unlawful to touch a child. Physical contact can be proper and necessary for example holding a child’s hand, comforting a distressed child, when giving praise or congratulation, to demonstrate the use of equipment or exercise and techniques in PE, when giving first aid.