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Belonging, behaviour and engagement

We expect all children to behave well, respecting themselves, their peers and the school. We teach children how to live and breath our school values in how they behave.

All of our staff use a Trauma Informed approach to behaviour in order to help children learn about their emotions and regulate their behaviour

We want children to be able to understand, regulate and manage emotions, to apply thinking between feeling (sensation and emotion) and action, and to increasingly show empathy and understanding towards others.

  • We aim to enable pupils to foster a willingness to take risks, experience and overcome challenges, and be successful in their learning.
    ● We want children to become enthusiastic, independent and self-aware learners – socially, emotionally and academically.
    ● Pupils will be encouraged to build tolerance, make good choices and take responsibility for their actions.
    ● Children will gain a sense of pride and build self-awareness through planned and incidental social and emotional learning and positive experiences as part of the ethos of our school.


At Ashton Vale Primary School we have an agreed set of behaviour expectations to ensure the happiness and safety of everyone in our community. These expectations directly correlate to our School Values of HEART.

  1. We will treat ourselves, others, our environment and property with respect (Kindness and Equality).
    2. We will show a positive attitude towards learning and allow others to learn (Courage and Aspiration).
    3. We manage our behaviour and feelings appropriately (Responsibility).


To address the emotions and feelings behind a misbehaviour and teach empathy and responsibility a Restorative Conversation or Reflection is vital. This can occur both formally and informally depending on the nature of the misbehaviour. Also, depending on the situation and the child’s age/developmental stage, this reflection may be completed with an adult or independently. Restorative conversations or reflections will address the following:
1. What were you thinking or feeling at the time?
2. What happened?
3. Who was affected?
4. How did this make people feel?
5. How have you felt since?
6. What could you do to put things right?
7. How can we do things differently in the future?

Children earn Dojo Points in recognition of excellent behaviour. These are rewarded throughout the day to everyone for making good choices. At the end of term, our ‘HEART Heroes’ earn a treat for their excellent choices.

There are certificates and rewards for good work, super star learning and being a good role model. Children’s efforts and achievements are celebrated in our weekly celebration assembly. Children can also bring certificates and medals achieved outside school to our celebration assembly. Celebration assembly is at 2.40pm on Friday afternoon. 


avps belonging behaviour and engagement policy 2023 24.pdf