Last reviewed on 1 November 2021
School types: All · School phases: All
Ref: 1866

Read and absorb advice from our associate experts on what makes a school 'outstanding' and how you can get there. You'll find features of 'outstanding' practice for each Ofsted judgement.

Behaviour

Good behaviour is ingrained in the school community

In 'outstanding' schools, there’s a deep-rooted culture of respect and good discipline amongst pupils, staff, parents and visitors: 

  • Behaviour is excellent
  • There are good, clear disciplinary procedures in place that are followed consistently 
  • Staff are well-trained in managing behaviour and following the school's disciplinary procedures
  • Senior staff are around at break and lunchtimes to support staff on duty

For example, you might see:

  • Pupils walking sensibly around the school, including during transitions or when going to the toilet 
  • Visitors being welcomed in a friendly, polite and helpful manner, by both pupils and members of staff
  • Teachers rarely removing pupils from class, as the school has more effective ways of dealing with disruptive behaviour

Attitudes towards the school are positive

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