"Pupils’ excellent behaviour and attitudes towards their work allow them to flourish. They are respectful, caring and work together very well."  OfSTED 2018

"The behaviour of pupils is outstanding." 

At Burton-on-the-Wolds Primary School, we are proud of all of our children and their exemplary behaviour.  We set the highest standards for behaviour both inside and outside of the classroom and alongside our caring, nurturing environment which we grow, the children flourish.


Ready, Respectful, Safe

How do we teach Ready, Respectful and Safe choices?

Every opportunity is a learning opportunity, and this includes behaviour.


There are many things that are an essential part of the day at Burton-on-the-Wolds which contribute to teaching good behaviour. This involves teaching good manners and social awareness too. Making good choices is taught through a variety of methods including modelling, Ready.Respectful and Safe conversations, our values, and restorative conversations to name a few. Everyone is responsible for teaching good behaviour choices at our school.

Here are our strategies:

The start and end of the day

Our staff meet and greet the children at the start of the day and then later say goodbye, leading them off site, safely. The start of the day is especially important because it gives our children a warm welcome and sense of belonging. From this point, staff can observe moods and feelings. 

During lessons

During lessons, teachers will refer to our behaviour expectation phrase, ‘Ready, Respectful and Safe’. They will observe these excellent choices and award child Class Dojo’s and/or add their name to the class Recognition board. Teachers are free to organise the layout of their class and the seating arrangements to enable the best learning opportunities. When children are in transition and move from their class to other parts of the school building, they are expected to show ‘Lovely Lines’ and ‘Fantastic Walking’. Children are encouraged to have conversations around helpful and unhelpful behaviours for learning, for example, applying active listening, supporting each other in their learning, persevering with a challenge, Teachers explicitly teach and model what good learning behaviours are.

At the start of the week, children will either watch a short video or take part in a discussion about the behaviour focus for the week ahead. Each week we focus on either ‘Ready, Respectful or Safe’ choices to maintain high standards of behaviour. It is our aim to ensure all children can clearly articulate what these learning behaviours look like.


Each day class teachers seek to identify which children go above and beyond to demonstrated good choices. The child’s name will be added to the recognition board in class for all to see and this also equates to earning a Class Dojo.

Class Dojo is the tool we use to reward the children for their choices. The children are rewarded with Dojos when they demonstrate ’Ready, Respectful and Safe’ choices, or make an excellent effort with their work. Each week children are identified for leading the way going 'above and beyond' or displaying one of our character strengths.

Mrs Wilson leads our Celebration Assembly on a Friday to recognise effort and standards of work. Children receive a certificate to keep as a memento of their achievement and their photograph is uploaded and shared on our home/school communication app, Weduc.

Break and lunch time

Children are encouraged to be Ready, Respectful and Safe when playing or learning outdoors. Children are aware of what Safe choices look like outdoors too. Staff supervise their fun at break time and they are always ready to step in and help the children with any difficulty. We want our children to take risks but always encourage them to focus on respectful and safe choices as they do so. During lunchtime, we ask that our children consider displaying good manners, wait their turn, eat well and tidy afterwards. When the whistle is blown at the end of break times, we expect our children to be ‘Ready’ to walk to their class line – here, staff look for ‘Lovely Lines’ and then ‘Fantastic Walking’ into class.

Deliberate ‘Botheredness’

Building positive relationships with children takes dedicated time but our staff go above and beyond to achieve this. It can be witnessed every day, all over the school site. An example of this may be a thoughtful welcoming comment as the child enters the class, a compliment about how smart they look in their uniform, how fantastically they are walking in line or how much effort was placed into a piece of written work or the simple act of remembering: did you enjoy the sleepover at the weekend? or How did your football match go? All staff do this so easily and the impact is extremely powerful. This allows our team to build, sustain and maintain a positive rapport with our children.

An incident

If an incident occurs, which is inevitable in a school setting, staff are well trained to work strategically to separate and de-escalate situations. Communication is key, so we encourage the children to be truthful and speak freely. When they can, they are encouraged to reflect on their contribution to the situation and a solution is found. This is often using Restorative Conversation scripts. Teachers manage incidents by referring to our Stages of Behaviour section from our Positive Behaviour Policy and report concerns onto our CPOMs log. Appropriate actions are taken from this point. Children and teachers are fully supported by the Senior Leadership Team and our pastoral support staff.

A new day

Every day is a fresh start. Staff work hard to make the children see that we are learning in every way, and it is not just about our lessons but how we conduct ourselves. A fresh start reinforces the power of forgiveness and restoring faith in the good choices we make.

Class Dojo Shop

The children can spend their dojo points in our Class Dojo Shop!

The shop opens at the end of every half term, and children can decide whether to spend their points, or save them to buy something bigger later in the school year.

"Pupils are respectful and polite. They are self-assured and have excellent attitudes to learning." 

Dojo Shop.pdf

We have three simple school rules - Ready, Respectful and Safe.  

All staff are trained in relational practice. We teach in an environment where the highest standards of behaviour are accompanied by building the most positive relationships between staff, children and parents.  Our Positive Relationship Policy can be found on our policies page.

Contacts for Behaviour at Burton

Our Anti-Bullying Governor is Mr Alasdair Walker (Vice Chair) contact -

Our Anti-Bullying Lead is Mrs Charlotte Parkin (Deputy Headteacher and SENDCo contact -

Our PSHE Lead is Mrs Claire Wilson (Headteacher) contact-