Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Behaviour & Rewards

We expect high standards of behaviour at all times. We encourage children to develop self-discipline and to care about themselves and others, respecting their rights and feelings. There are four core rules throughout the academy:

1. Follow directions

2. Keep hands, feet and objects to yourself

3. No name calling, teasing or inappropriate language in any form

4. Stay on task and put your best effort into your work 

What adults can do to support good behaviour:

  • keep expectations high, consistent and clear
  • be positive – focus on and recognise good behaviour
  • be models of good behaviour and communication
  • deal with situations consistently but without wasting learning time
  • focus on the behaviour not the child
  • challenge inappropriate behaviour wherever it occurs and support other staff as necessary
  • stay calm and promote a reflective dialogue
  • listen to all points of view; don’t make assumptions
  • share ideas and strategies
  • recognise our own vulnerabilities, impatience and be prepared to apologise
  • remember that you are the adult and there is an inbuilt power imbalance
  • keep classroom and playground activities engaging
  • give children an opportunity to apologise appropriately


When good behaviour is displayed at OA Putney, we make sure to praise our children, whether that is through an announcement in assembly, an announcement to the class, a letter home to parents or direct feedback.