Scoil an Chlochair
Convent Primary School
Code of Behaviour
Downloadable File: Code of Behaviour
Aims of the Code:
- To provide guidance for pupils, teachers and parents on behavioural expectations.
- To provide for the effective and safe operation of the school.
- To develop pupils’ self-esteem and to promote positive behaviour.
- To foster the development of a sense of responsibility and self-discipline in pupils based on respect, consideration and tolerance of others.
- To facilitate the education and development of every child.
- To foster caring attitudes to one another and to the environment.
- To enable teachers to teach without disruption.
School Ethos & Implementation:
Our school promotes Gospel values in a Christian learning community, where children can grow in their religious faith, in knowledge and understanding and in the acquisition of skills, attitudes and values. This ethos is a major factor in establishing and maintaining high standards of behaviour. This points to the importance of a strong sense of community within the school and the existence of a high level of co-operation among teachers, ancillary staff, pupils, parents/guardians, Parents’ Association and Board of Management.
Rules will be kept to a minimum, emphasise positive behaviour and will be applied in a fair and consistent manner, with due regard to the age of the pupils, individual difference and for the health, safety and welfare of all members of the school community. Good behaviour will be encouraged and rewarded. Where difficulties arise, parents will be contacted at an early stage.
General Guidelines for Positive Behaviour:
- Pupils are expected to show respect for teachers, parents/guardians, ancillary staff and one another at all times. Behaviour that interferes with the rights of others to learn and to feel safe is unacceptable. Everyone who attends and works in Scoil An Chlochair will demonstrate mutual respect.
- Punctuality is encouraged. Children should arrive in school no later than 8.55am.
- Children are expected to wear the full school uniform each day, and to have all books and required materials.
- Children are encouraged to have their names on coats and other personal property.
- Running indoors, pushing, jostling and any sort of rough play is not permitted.
- No child is allowed leave the school grounds without permission from a parent/guardian.
- Pupils are expected to attend every day unless there is a genuine reason for absence, in which case the school must be informed in writing, stating the reason for absence in accordance with the Education Welfare Act 2000.
- In keeping with our Green School Charter and as a Health Promoting School, pupils are encouraged and expected to keep the school environment clean and litter free and bring a sensible, nutritional lunch to school. Chewing gum is not allowed.
- Alcohol, drugs, cigarettes or any illegal substances are forbidden. The school and its environs is a designated non-smoking area.
- In the interests of health & safety and child protection, pupils are NOT PERMITTED to have mobile phones in school.
- Any infectious illness should be notified to the school immediately by the parent(s)/guardian(s).
- Facial jewellery with the exception of stud earrings, is strictly prohibited.
Teachers are not insured to administer prescribed drugs to children. If vital medication is needed throughout the school day, this must be brought to the attention of the Principal so that administration arrangements can be discussed. Any requirement for the administration of prescribed medication needs to be advised to the Board of Management annually at the start of the school year or at the earliest opportunity and class teacher informed in advance. The identity of children with specific medical requirements is circulated to all staff.
Bullying is repeated aggression which can be verbal, written, psychological or physical, conducted by an individual or group against others. The most common forms of bullying are aggressive physical contact, name-calling, intimidation, extortion, isolation and taunting. Bullying, including cyber bullying, will not be tolerated. Parents/guardians will be expected to co-operate with the school at all times in dealing with instances of bullying in accordance with the school’s Anti-Bullying Policy. One inappropriate post on social media is deemed cyber bullying.
Behaviour in Class:
Pupils are expected to listen carefully, to obey a teacher’s instructions and work to the best of their ability.
Behaviour out of Class:
Pupils are expected to:
- Line up in an orderly manner and remain quiet in the assembled line
- Obey any instructions or directions given by the supervising teacher
- Refrain from any form of threatening behaviour. Specific measures will be taken to counteract bullying in any form.
- It is the policy of the school to assign homework on a regular basis. Teachers shall make every effort to match the curriculum to the aptitude of the pupils. It follows, therefore, that homework assignments may vary from pupil to pupil.
- Parents/guardians are strongly encouraged to take an active interest in their child’s homework. If homework causes worry for the pupils, parents/guardians are asked to contact the teacher.
- Parents/guardians are encouraged to communicate by means of the journal/diary on any matter that needs to be brought to the school’s attention.
Affirming Positive Behaviour:
Members of staff have received training in the ‘Incredible Years’ Positive Behaviour programme. Staff are mindful that positive reinforcement of good behavior leads to better outcomes. Positive reinforcement of good behaviour leads to better self-discipline. We place a greater emphasis on rewards and incentives than on sanctions. Strategies include:-
- A quiet word or gesture to show approval.
- A comment in a pupil’s exercise book.
- A visit to another member of staff or to the Principal for commendation.
- Delegating some special responsibility or privilege.
- A mention to parent, written or verbal communication.
- Praise in front of the Class group.
- Individual Class merit awards, points awards or award stamps.
Procedures to Deal with Misbehaviour:
- The class teacher deals with it and may impose a sanction on the child.
- If the problem persists the teacher shall consult the Principal and/or parents/guardians, in the hope of solving the problem and helping the child.
- When a serious incident occurs in the playground the Staff on duty are to report same to the Class Teacher. She/he, in turn, and in the presence of another staff member, investigates by speaking to the children involved individually. Then the incident is reported to the Principal. Discussion will take place in a quiet area outside the classroom situation.
- In the case of serious misbehaviour the Principal, the teacher and parents/guardians may need to have ongoing discussions to monitor the situation.
The purpose of sanctions and other strategies is to promote positive behaviour and discourage misbehaviour. Sanctions will be applied according to the gravity of the misbehaviour, with due regard to age and emotional development of the pupil. These may include:
- Reasoning with pupil
- Verbal reprimand (including advice on how to improve)
- Temporary separation from peers within class and/or temporary removal to another class.
- Prescribing extra work
- Loss of privileges
- Exclusion from school activities/outings
- Recording of serious incidents of misbehaviour in the incident book.
- Referral to Principal
- Communication with parents.
Suspension/Expulsion from the school
Before serious sanctions such as suspension or expulsion are used, the normal channels of communication between school and parent/guardian will be utilised.
For gross misbehaviour or repeated instances of serious misbehaviour, suspension may be considered by the Board of Management. Parents/guardians concerned will be invited to come to the school to discuss their child’s case. Any aggressive, threatening or violent behaviour will be regarded as serious or gross misbehaviour, depending on circumstances.
Suspension will be in accordance with the terms of Rule 130 of the Rules for National Schools and the Education Welfare Act 2000.
Teachers shall keep a written record of all serious misbehaviours as well as a record of improvements in the behaviour of disruptive pupils. Every effort will be made to have an emotionally disturbed child referred without delay for psychological assessment, if deemed appropriate by the Principal and/or the Board of Management, with the support of the pupil, parents/guardians. Prior to full suspension it may be deemed appropriate by the Board of Management to timetable a restricted day for a pupil for a limited period with written consent of parent/guardian. This will be reviewed every two weeks.
In the case of gross misbehaviour, where it is necessary to ensure that order and discipline are maintained and to secure the safety of the pupils, the Board may authorise the Chairperson or Principal to sanction an immediate suspension for a period not exceeding three school days, pending a discussion of the matter with the parents.
Expulsion may be considered in an extreme case, in accordance with the Rule for National Schools and the Education Welfare Act 2000. Before expelling a pupil, the Board of Management shall notify the Local Welfare Education Officer in writing in accordance with Section 24 of the Education Welfare Act.
Removal of Suspension (Reinstatement):
Following or during a period of suspension, the parents/guardians may apply to have the pupil reinstated to the school. The parents/guardians must give a satisfactory undertaking that a suspended pupil will behave in accordance with the school code and the Principal must be satisfied that the pupil’s reinstatement will not constitute a risk to the pupil’s own safety or that of the other pupils or staff. The Principal, in consultation with NEPS and class teacher and support teachers, will facilitate the preparation of a behaviour plan for the pupil if required and will re-admit the pupil formally to the class.
Role of Parents/Guardians:
In the belief that the most effective schools tend to be those with the best relationships with parents/guardians, every effort will be made by the principal and staff to ensure that parents/guardians are kept well informed, that the school provides a welcoming atmosphere towards parents/guardians and that parents/guardians are not only told when their children are in trouble but when they have behaved particularly well. Teachers use methods such as “happy grams”, ‘note in homework journal’, award stickers etc.
This code has been formulated by the Principal and the Teaching Staff in consultation with the Parents’ Association in March 2017, and has been approved by the Board of Management.
In the absence of a reply to the contrary, it shall be presumed by the Board of Management that parents/guardians are consenting to the implementation of the above policy. Each parent/guardian has been requested to sign and return this document.
This policy was reviewed on 24th September 2012 by the following staff:
Nuala O’Connor, Anne Barry, Eavan O’Sullivan, Emma Enright, Aoife Lawlee, Ann Cronin.
It was reviewed in March 2017 by Anne Murphy, Ann McAuliffe Cronin and Maureen Walsh, and circulated to parents/guardians through Parents Association on 27th March.
Presented to the Board of Management for discussion on 29th March 2017.
Ratified by the Board of Management on 29th March 2017.
It will be reviewed in 2020.
Signed: Fr. G. Casey
Date: 30th March 2017
Chairperson, Board of Management.