Hatfield Peverel Infant School


Behaviour Expectations

At our school there are clear expectations for behaviour and a consistent approach across the whole school. There is a detailed Behaviour Policy on our Information and Policies page which parents can download for additional information. There is also a summary leaflet that outlines the main procedures at a glance.

There are a few simple school rules for behaviour in school. Children are expected to show consideration for other persons and their property and are also encouraged to develop a sense of responsibility leading to self-discipline in a firm but friendly atmosphere. Our aim is that the children should develop positive attitudes towards themselves and towards others. 

Sanctions such as ‘time out’ in another class, missing part of playtime or much-enjoyed activity may occasionally be imposed. If there are concerns over your child’s behaviour the class teacher will make an appointment to speak to you and a plan will be drawn up together to help resolve any issues.

Rewards include praise, sticker awards, earning additional time at favourite activities, certificates and being sent to another teacher or the Headteacher for praise and encouragement. These rewards are brought home so that you can celebrate your child’s successes with them. Good behaviour, effort and attitude is recognised by ERIC, our school mascot who awards certificates and stickers for children showing respect to others.

Please see the school rules the children have drawn up linked to our core values:


  1. Children are not allowed sweets or nuts in school.
  2. Children are not allowed toys in school.
  3. Children are asked not to run in the corridors.
  4. Children are asked to put all litter away so that our school grounds will remain tidy.
  5. Children are not allowed to throw stones.
  6. Children are not allowed to climb on fences before, after or during school hours.
  7. Children are not allowed to wear jewellery in school (including stud earrings).
  8. Children must not bring mobile phones into school.

British Values

The DfE have reinforced the need “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.”

At Hatfield Peverel Infant School these link very closely to the ethos of our school and to the values we promote through the wider curriculum and our ERIC Project.

Remembrance Day is commemorated annually with a visit from the British Legion. Significant National events such as the Royal weddings, the Olympics and the Queens birthday were all celebrated in school. Within our curriculum children learn about the lives of some significant people and events in British history.  


All children are treated fairly and have an equal right to express their views and be listened to. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through PSHE circle times and Philosophy for Children sessions where we encourage children to share and discuss their opinions. School Council representatives are elected democratically by their classmates in a ballot which introduces them to the principal of democratic elections. This group meets periodically to address and issues or to seek pupil feedback.


Our school rules are consistently reinforced in all parts of the school, in lessons as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies. Children are taught the reasons behind our school rules, and the consequences for the safety and wellbeing of themselves and for others if rules are not kept. The school rules were composed by School Council and are supported by the ERIC system.


There are many opportunities within the school day for children to make choices and exercise their personal freedom. Boundaries are set clearly and reinforced consistently to ensure the school is a safe environment. Children are supported and encouraged to manage their own behaviour and make the right choices. We also use Smart Thinking which promotes the Stop, Think, Choose, Do approach as part of our PSHE and Behaviour Policies. Through assemblies and PSHE children learn about their personal freedoms and take part in discussions about how to stay safe, for example through e-safety and road safety. Children have opportunities to make choices in their learning, choose from a range of playtime and lunchtime activities. There are also opportunities for children to express their thoughts about curriculum work and about topic and thematic direction in particular.


Children enjoy lessons and are active learners who display good behaviour because they understand the right of all children to learn and thrive in an atmosphere of mutual respect. The school promotes Respect for others through our Eric Project and this is reiterated through our Behaviour Policy and school rules. Children take part in Circle Time discussions when they are expected to treat the opinions and views of others with respect, even if they differ from their own. Adults in school model mutual respect in their conversations and actions towards the children and towards one another.  


From their first day in school children are supported to develop the language to express their views, emotions and feelings so that children are able to negotiate with their peers and resolve any disagreements peacefully. We actively seek opportunities through our school curriculum to enhance pupils’ understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and have strong links with a nursery school in The Gambia, holding a sponsorship day each year to celebrate that link and raise funds to support the nursery. Assemblies and discussions involving prejudice and bullying and linked with learning in RE and PSHE. We introduce children in all classes to P4C, where they are encouraged to take part in discussions, justify and sometimes change their opinions, give reasons for their viewpoint and listen to those of others.


All adults visiting the school are expected to behave in a reasonable manner therefore please remember the following:

  • All adults must report directly to the school office and sign in the Visitors Log.
  • All adults should wear a badge while on the premises; this is part of our safety protocol.
  • Swearing or aggressive behaviour anywhere in the grounds is unacceptable.
  • Please treat everyone with the same respect that you would like to be treated with.
  • Please remember that you are setting an example to all the children on the school site.

May we also courteously remind parents that when collecting and dropping off your children at school your child’s behaviour remains your responsibility until you hand them over to us for the day. Children should not be running around the site at any time for reasons of health and safety, especially not in the pathways and playground, as this poses a danger to themselves and others using the facilities. Please supervise them carefully while they are in your care. Thank you for your cooperation.