Behaviour Policy


                     Ballater School Behaviour Code    


The following behaviour code has been drawn up by pupils and staff and parents at Ballater School in line with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.


We have identified the Articles which we believe are the most important to promote positive behaviour in our school. These can be found on page 4 of this document.



We believe that everyone in Ballater School and our community should be treated with respect. Good behaviour has a high priority in our school.

Ballater School is committed to providing a caring, friendly and safe environment so that pupils, staff and parents can learn and work together to support all learning.

Everyone is valued, respected and celebrated. We promote, encourage and recognise good behaviour.

We recognise good behaviour in many ways including positive feedback, stickers, certificates, house points, prizes, team bonuses and other rewards. The majority of our learners respond well to this system but any inappropriate behaviour will be dealt with quickly, firmly and fairly.


It is important that the following Rights Respecting Behaviours are reinforced by parents and carers in order to provide consistency and support to our children inside and outside the school environment





Pupils and staff have agreed that the behaviours below are not rights respecting and as a result will not be tolerated at Ballater School.




If we see these any of these behaviours,

 we will not join in and will tell an adult.



Pupils who do not demonstrate Rights Respecting Behaviour will have the following sanctions applied.


Low level inappropriate behaviour

Verbal warning given

Name recorded by class teacher


Middle level inappropriate behaviour – or repeated low level

Loss of Golden time– Golden time will only be lost when a child has had repeated warnings or the behaviour is more serious.

Lost Golden  time – will be  recorded in class for Friday  Golden time session.

Pupils who have lost Golden time report to Mrs Duckworth on a Friday pm.

A note will be written in pupil diaries for parent information.

Pupils will sit quietly for the duration of the lost time before returning to Golden Time.

Parents/Carers  of pupils losing Golden time on three occasions in a term will be  contacted to support their child to  improve their behaviour.

Loss of break(s) – to complete unfinished tasks after many reminders

After a serious incident – (behaviour which hurts another person is serious)

A note will be written in pupil diaries if breaks have been lost.

Pupils will also lose their Golden Time for that day



High level Inappropriate behaviour or repeated low/ mid level

Pupil sent to Head teacher

Parents contacted

Playground Exclusion – in place for set period

Support Sought from outside agencies (eg Social Work, Police)

Exclusion from school




Cases of inappropriate behaviours will be recorded and held on pupil files.


In addition to the above sanctions, in line with Aberdeenshire Council Policy, Restorative sessions may take place between the pupils upset and those who have caused the upset.

These sessions will always be led by trained staff. A record of the session with any agreed targets will be shared with parents of all pupils involved.


Pupils, staff and parents will be working on a playground code of conduct very shortly which will be added to this behaviour code.


January 2018


United Nations Articles we have based our Behaviour code on



Article 2

All children have these rights, no matter where they are, where they live, what their parents do, what language they speak, what their religion is, whether they are a boy or girl, what their culture is, whether they have a disability, whether they are rich or poor. No child should be treated unfairly on any basis.


Article 3

All adults should do what is best for you. When adults make decisions, they should think about how their decisions will affect children.


Article 12

You have the right to give your opinion, and for adults to listen and take it seriously.


Article 13

You have the right to find things out and share what you think with others, by talking, drawing, writing, or in any other way unless it harms or offends other people.


Article 15

You have the right to choose your own friends and join or set up groups as long as it is not harmful to others.


Article 16

You have the right to privacy.


Article 19

You have the right to be protected from being hurt and mistreated, in mind or body.


Article 23

You have the right to special education and care if you have a disability, as well as all the rights in this convention, so you can live a full life.


Article 28

You have the right to a good quality education. You should be encouraged to go to school to the highest level you can.


Article 29

Your education should help you use and develop your talents and abilities. It should also help you learn to live peacefully, protect the environment and respect other people.


Article 31

You have the right to play and rest.


Article 39

You have the right to help if you have been hurt, neglected or badly treated.


Article 42

You have the right to know your rights! Adults should know about these rights and help you learn about them too.