Bishops Cannings Church of England Primary School and Pre-School
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Behaviour Policy

At Bishops Cannings we expect and achieve high standards of behaviour.  We do this by:

  • Following our Christian values;
  • Celebrating and valuing children's achievements in sharing assemblies with parents;
  • Planning high-quality learning opportunities that keep our children engaged;
  • Following our golden rule of 'treating people the way you would like to be treated'; and
  • By using the language of choice - we all understand that we choose our actions and are responsible for them.

Where children need help to understand the implications of poor choices we operate a traffic light system.  In practice this means that when a child makes a poor choice they will be asked to think about what they are doing.  If the poor choice continues the child will receive a green warning.  This is an opportunity to moderate their choices.  If choices remain poor the next stage is an amber warning and then finally a red warning.  When a child receives a red warning, a letter will be sent home explaining the choices that the child has made and any further sanctions, if any, that will be applied.  If a letter needs to be sent home we ask that parents and carers speak to their child to discuss their choices and how to avoid making poor choices in the future.

In certain circumstances a red warning may be issued immediately, for example when if there is violent or abusive behaviour.  In extreme circumstances, a child may be subject to a fixed or permanent exclusion.

Our behaviour policy can be viewed by clicking here.

The Golden Rule

At Bishops Cannings we have one very simple golden rule that we expect everyone in our community, children, teachers, parents and governors, to follow:

'Treat people the way you would like to be treated'

We understand that to 'treat' each other properly we must follow our Christian values of love, care, friendship, truth, justice and empathy.  

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We want every child to feel safe at school. Bullying is a very clear infringement of our Golden Rules and we do not tolerate any form of bullying in school or out of school where it involves children attending Bishops Cannings Church of England (Aided) Primary School. A copy of our Anti-Bullying policy can be downloaded here.

What is bullying?

Bullying and friendship issues are different things. The Department for Education define bullying as "behaviour by an individual or group, repeated over time, that intentionally hurts another individual or group either physically or emotionally".

Bullying is Several Times OPurpose (S.T.O.P)


  • Teasing
  • Belittling
  • Ridiculing / mimicking
  • Stereotyping
  • Criticising constantly
  • Offensive remarks about race
  • Offensive remarks about gender
  • Getting other people to bully for you
  • Name calling
  • Sarcasm
  • Threatening to hurt someone
  • Spreading nasty stories


  • Hitting
  • Punching
  • Roughing up
  • Finger Jabbing
  • Inappropiate or unwanted touching
  • Taking money without permission
  • Fighting
  • Pinching
  • Unwanted touching
  • Jostling
  • Comering
  • Interfering with people's property


  • Shunning
  • Ignoring
  • Invading someone's privacy
  • Graffiti designed to embarrass
  • Being unfriendly


  • Offering or causing upset to others through:
  • Text messages
  • Internet chat rooms
  • School networks

What can you do about bullying?

  • Remember that you are special and that no-one deserves to be bullied
  • If you are being bullied, tell an adult immediately, you will be listened to and supported

  • If you are worried about someone else being bullied, tell an adult

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