Ally Sprakes, headteacher at the Belham Primary School sitting on the steps of the school

Our behaviour management strategies are underpinned by our values. 

The Belham’s School Values are:  Brave, Equal, Loving, Helpful, Ambitious, Modest, Inspirational, Trustworthy and Enthusiastic.

These are taught explicitly through our Character Curriculum.

Explore our Character Curriculum

Our values explained

Brave – they know it is better to be honest and tell the truth, even when the truth is difficult to admit
Equal they believe in listening to each other, responding with sensitivity and not rushing to judgment
Loving – they show kindness, politeness, care and consideration for others
Helpful – they show consideration of the needs of others alongside their own, caring for others at all times
Ambitious – they want to do their best and know that this sometimes means working hard
Modest – they understand that other people have feelings too, which they should be sensitive towards
Inspirational – they have the ability to cope with disappointment because they know that they will be supported by other Belhamites
Trustworthy – they care for the school environment and the things that we are lucky to have
Enthusiastic – they show excitement for learning and trying new thin

How you can help at home

The school environment plays a central role in the children’s social and emotional development. Adults encountered by the children at school have an important responsibility to:  

  • Take a Keen Interest in the behaviour of all children 
  • Celebrate Differences in our community  
  • Model and expect High Standards of behaviour at all times  
  • Use Praise and Positive Reinforcement to encourage excellent behaviour 

Positive relationships are key. When dealing with poor behaviour, we keep relationships intact by focussing on the behaviour and not the child.

In the world around them children see many different examples of how people behave. We have a responsibility to  help children understand that they have choices about how to behave and help them develop the strategies to make  appropriate choices.  

We follow the best practices of Trauma Informed Schools. By encouraging children to  identify and name their emotions, they will better be able to regulate them. By engaging children in  distraction tasks, they will be able to use to think rather than react. By encouraging physical  activity and movement, children will develop strategies to help them shift their emotional state.  

We believe that children respond best to praise and encouragement. We must try to find every opportunity to  praise children when they are showing appropriate behaviour. We use a system of encouragement based on our  school values which acknowledges – both at school and, for the attention or their parents, at home – children’s good  choices.  

Our aim is to create an environment where children feel valued, safe and motivated to learn. We believe that good  behaviour and discipline are the foundation of all learning, and without a calm, orderly atmosphere, effective teaching  and learning cannot take place. 

The use of praise in developing a positive atmosphere in the classroom cannot be underestimated. It is the key to developing good relationships, including with those learners who are hardest to reach. We praise the behaviours we want to see. The more we notice good behaviour/celebrate success the less we need to extrinsically reward it. It becomes just the way that we do things. We value the effort pupils put into demonstrating good behaviour and developing good relationships. 

Ways in which we recognise positive behaviour include:

  • Brilliant Belhamite Awards Weekly
  • Phone calls home 
  • Sharing excellent learning with others 
  • Good news postcards and stickers 
  • Visits with Senior Teachers and Leaders


In the first instance speak to your child's class teacher.

You can talk to your child's class teacher at any point. If your child has been involved in a serious incident, someone from school will contact you.

In the first instance you should speak to your child's class teacher.