At Horsenden Primary School, we have high expectations of everyone, we respect and value all pupils and are committed to providing an inclusive, caring and safe environment so that all pupils can learn in a focused and secure atmosphere. Good rapport and warm, consistent relationships between staff and pupils are the bedrock of effective behaviour management. Staff make an effort to get to know individual pupils and let them know that they are valued.

This school has a commitment to life-long learning and through the curriculum, pupils are taught to self-regulate their behaviour. To do this, we use a positive, trauma sensitive behaviour management approach with a critical value placed on strong relationships.

We encourage pupils to make positive choices about their actions. We recognise that strong relationships are critical to children and therefore use the Regulate, Relate, Reason model of behaviour management.

We are committed to promoting the British Values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance for those of different faiths and beliefs.

The Golden Rules

At Horsenden Primary School we follow the 6 ‘Golden Rules’ which can be found in each classroom, as well as in the playgrounds:

  • We are kind and helpful
  • We are gentle
  • We listen to others
  • We are honest
  • We work hard
  • We look after property 

The HORSE Code and Class Codes of Conduct

The Golden Rules and HORSE Code are visible in the classroom and around the school. At the beginning of the school year, pupils are also given the opportunity to discuss school rules with their teachers. Each class must record a ‘class charter’ based on the Rights Respecting principles for their classroom which will be developed with the teacher guiding pupils towards an agreed way of working within the classroom based on the Golden Rules and HORSE Code. This will be an A3 poster with 6 – 8 agreed guidelines which is signed by both pupils and the class teacher.


When a child’s behaviour does not meet our high expectations, teachers will use the Regulate, Relate, Reason model to support the child to meet expectations. Teachers are encouraged to maintain an attitude of curiosity to the behaviour of all children and to be solution-focused wherever possible.

The flowchart below demonstrates the steps we will take to help children re-regulate their behaviour and the consequences if these reminders are not taken. 

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