"Primary schools have to get it right if children are going to thrive. In our school, great emphasis is placed on the foundation stage. The basics of socialising are learned there, and poor behaviour is quickly and firmly dealt with. There are clear guidelines, followed by all the staff.
"But the other end of the school is important too. The example set by older children is carefully watched (and imitated) by the youngest. I have outstanding Year 5 and 6 teachers who provide stimulating lessons and treat the children as responsible young adults. They demand the highest standards of behaviour, whatever the home circumstances.
"The role of the head and deputy is crucial. They must be highly visible day in, day out, dealing with incidents as soon as they arise and supporting staff. Serious problems are then far less likely to arise."