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Presentation Policy





Presentation Policy


Mission Statement

The mission of St. Peter's Roman Catholic School is:

To live, love and learn, following in the footsteps of Christ, to the Father guided by the Holy Spirit.

We will achieve this by making the most of every opportunity, knowing that we are all unique and made in the image of God, each with a special role to play within His creation.



A copy of this policy can be obtained on request from the school office









The purpose of this policy is to ensure a consistently high standard of presentation across the whole school which all children and staff recognise, understand and follow. This policy is to be used in line with the individual guidance for each class which outlines the expectations and progression throughout school.




These expectations are intended to apply to the vast majority of children in our school. Occasionally a decision will need to be made to personalise the presentation expectations for a child who has such specific needs that these expectations could be a barrier to their progress (e.g. a child with physical difficulties writing).




Staff will ensure that presentation of work is actively taught. It should be a main focus at the start of each academic year and then be referred to frequently.


Where possible, all staff should ensure that presentation is celebrated through:

  • Displaying work with a high standard of presentation
  • Celebrating work with a high standard of presentation in whole class situations.
  • Ensure good presentation is rewarded in line with whole school behaviour policy (praise, raffle tickets, Head teacher awards, Star of the Week)
  • Sharing of good work in whole school assemblies.
  • Electronic visualisers will be used in each class and the hall to enable work to be viewed on interactive whiteboards.
  • Handwriting will be taught in line with the handwriting policy on a regular (at least weekly) basis from Year Reception to Year 6. The focus of these lessons will be correct letter formation and cursive handwriting.




  • Our staff are the most important role models for presentation and high expectations! They should use the resources available ( eg. on the IWB – lines, grids) to model good practice.
  • All handwriting which is on display for the children – on the interactive whiteboard, books, flip charts, display –should be legible, consistently formed and where appropriate joined.
  • When sticking work/labels/headings in books ensure they are straight and cut to size.
  • All photocopied sheets or information given to children should be of the highest quality. Teacher’s should inform children, through their marking, if presentation is not meeting excepted standards.






  • The children should be taught to hold a pencil correctly.
  • The children will write and draw in pencil.
  • The children will use colouring pencils in their books.
  • Rubbers and correction pens should not be used



  • The children should write in pencil until they can write in a legible cursive style.
  • A pen licence will be given to children who have progressed to using a pen.
  • School pens in blue ink should be used.
  • The children will respond to comments from the teacher and make improvement to their work in green pen
  • Felt pens and gel pens should not to be used in exercise books .
  • Rubbers and correction pens should not be used by children.
  • If a mistake is made, children should draw one neat line using a ruler through the mistake and start again. They should not over-write.
  • There should be no writing or doodling on covers or on the inside covers of books.




  • The Nelson scheme is the agreed scheme for teaching handwriting.
  • Handwriting is taught for at least 15 minutes per week.
  • Correct handwriting should be re-enforced in all lessons and celebrated.




  • Children will start a new page for each new piece of work.






  • Children will record their work according to their stage of development
  • By the end of year 2 they should have started to use the DUMTUMS model for starting work
  • They should be taught to write on the lines in their books.
  • They should be taught to write numbers inside squares.




  • All children will set out work in the same way using DUMTUMS (Date, Underline, Miss a line, Title or Learning intention, Underline, Miss a line, Start
  • The full date should be written at the top left hand side of the page
  • In mathematics and science the date should be written in figures.
  • Children should write on the lines and numbers should be written inside squares.
  • If appropriate pages can be divided in to two by folding the page vertically in half
  • Each calculation must be clearly numbered with a number or letter to distinguish it from working figures.




Presentation will be monitored by the Senior Leadership Team, Subject leaders and link Governors on a regular basis through:

  • Work Scrutinies/moderations
  • Lesson Observations
  • ‘Celebration of Work’ meetings
  • Pupil interviews




Reviewed November 2016




                                                                                             St. Peter’s Staff 2014