Behaviour rules and time out

Dear parents and carers,

As you will know, our motto is ‘Growing together in mind, body and spirit’. Part of this vision is the development of character and good self-discipline. I am sure you would agree that we want our children to be:

  • Loving, careful and kind
  • Respectful, compassionate and tolerant
  • Helpful and friendly
  • Using good manners


In trying to promote this good behaviour, I have today made it very clear to the children what the rules are around behaviour and consequences. Whilst we will continue to celebrate good behaviour, we will now also have a lunchtime time-out system for those children who do not meet the standards we expect. For some serious incidents, we will continue to use an exclusion system. These sanctions are all listed below. We believe it is important to make these expectations very clear to everyone.  Children in Reception will not be sent to time-out, but dealt with instead by their class teacher.

The principle of the time-out room is firmly rooted in restorative justice. This is not an isolation room. Children will hold a restorative conversation with a teacher. They will reflect on what happened and how they might behave differently in the future.

We recognise that poor behaviour is often a way that children communicate they are unhappy about something, so these conversations are vital to help them understand how to behave in a more positive way.

For some behaviours, your child will write a letter to you explaining what happened and the restorative approach they are going to take. We would expect you to reiterate this conversation with them. There is no need for a further consequence or inquest into what happened, and unless we request it, we do not expect you to reply to us. For serious and ongoing incidents we would invite you in for a meeting.


Further changes

It is very important consistent behaviour expectations are applied throughout the school day.  With this in mind, I will be writing to you again next week about some changes we will trial to help promote this before and after school.

The expectations and demands on staff is really high these days and we know that you respect the all the work that they do. However, in order to look after their wellbeing, we will be publishing some guidelines about communication and interaction with staff. Again, I will write to you about this in due course.

In the meantime, please do feel free to ask me about any of the above. In the Spring term we ask you to complete a parent questionnaire, so it will be interesting to get your views on the impact of these changes.


Many thanks,

Steve and the team.

Behaviour and Consequence list

The list cannot show all possible behaviours and the individual circumstances of each incident will be taken into account.

When grounded, a child will stay in time out for the same minutes as their age.

Level 1 – Warning given by a member of staff.

  • Calling out.
  • Interrupting.
  • Ignoring instructions.
  • Silly noises.
  • Pushing in the line.
  • Swinging on a chair.


Level 2 – lunchtime or break grounding. (Class teacher informed, and parent if necessary)

  • Consistent Level 1 behaviour.
  • Answering an adult back.
  • Inappropriate behaviour around the school.
  • Time wasting.
  • Silly name calling.
  • Play fighting that got out of hand.
  • Inappropriate language.
  • Unkind laughter.
  • Taking the mickey.
  • Deliberately winding someone up .
  • Leaving the class without permission .
  • Talking in Collective Worship.
  • Talking in the line.


Level 3 – Lunchtime grounding (parents informed).

  • Lack of improvement or consistently grounded for Level 2 sanctions.
  • Offensive name calling.
  • Lying to get someone else into trouble.
  • Refusal to follow instructions (after a warning).
  • Threats to others.


Level 4 – See the Senior Leadership Team AND entire lunchtime grounding (parents informed).

  • Bad behaviour at L3 grounding.
  • Rudeness or disrespect to a member of staff.
  • Minor scuffle.
  • Swearing.
  • First instance of taking another’s property.
  • Deliberate damage to property.
  • Hurting someone through dangerous actions.

Level 5 – Internal exclusion – children spend time in isolation away from class and other children (parents informed).

  • Repeated L2-L4 behaviours
  • Poor behaviour whilst on report.
  • Fighting.
  • Significant incident of bullying. [Bullying is defined as ‘STOP’ – Several Times On Purpose]
  • Throwing furniture.
  • Deliberately throwing stones or other objects at another person.
  • Spitting at someone.
  • Further incident of taking someone’s property.
  • Biting.


Level 6 – For more serious incidents – at the Headteacher’s discretion, including exclusion:

  • Repeated L2-L5 behaviours.
  • Racist behaviour.
  • Abuse towards staff
  • Repeated bullying.
  • A pre-arranged or major fight.
  • Sexually inappropriate behaviour.
  • Significant injury to another child on purpose.
  • Persistent and consistent inappropriate/disruptive behaviour.
  • Criminal behaviour.
  • Physical attack on a member of staff.

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Moor Lane, Budleigh Salterton, Devon EX9 6QF

01395 443167

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