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Scoil an Cheathrair Alainn
Code of Behaviour
Scoil an Cheathrair Alainn Code of Behaviour is the result of the ongoing consultation and collaboration between the Principal, staff, pupils, parents and Board of Management. It was reviewed and reformulated in April/June 2010 in the light of "Developing a Code of Behaviour - Guidelines for Schools" issued by the National Educational Welfare Board (NEWB) and the Education Act 1998. In drawing up the code, consideration has been given to the particular needs and the circumstances of the school and our pupils. It has been approved by the Board of Management on and will be reviewed in
Our Code of Behaviour reflects our mission statement.
Promoting Positive Behaviour
Our school uses Discipline for Learning which promotes positive behaviour. Teachers develop clear and simple classroom rules and yard rules, through discussion with the children. Teachers use a classroom management plan to promote positive behaviour. This includes the class rules as mentioned above, an agreed reward system and the consequences that apply when a child fails to adhere to the rules.
Our school places greater emphasis on rewards than on sanctions in the belief that this will, in the long run, give best results. Our approach to rewards and praise include the following:
In order to create a happy school environment in which pupils can feel secure and make progress, every pupil is expected to
Our school rules reflect these expectations
The rules are broadly similar in each class although at the beginning of each academic year each class teacher will draw up a list of classroom and yard rules through discussion, collaboration and agreement with the children. Rules are kept to a minimum and
Where difficulties arise parents will be contacted at an early stage.
1. Be on time and have all your own books, copies, journal, pencils etc. each day
2. Do your work well and let others work without interruption
3. Do what you are told immediately
4. If you wish to speak, raise your hand and wait your turn
5. Listen while others are speaking.
6. Stay in your workplace, unless told to do otherwise
7. Keep to your own space at your table.
8. Do not make hurtful, nasty remarks to, or about, another pupil or member of staff
9. Look after property. Do not waste, damage or steal things.
10. Tell the truth
11. Say sorry, thank you, please or excuse me as needed.
1. Stay in own yard at all times including time before school unless otherwise instructed by a teacher
2. Do not leave own yard or school without permission
3. Play in a way that is safe for yourself and for others
4. Speak to one another and all school staff in a respectful manner
5. When the bell rings freeze, then line up promptly, in an orderly manner until teacher brings you to your class.
Around the School Rules (for my own safety and that of others)
1. Walk in the school in a safe, quiet and orderly manner
2. Be courteous and mannerly
3. Do not walk through the car park or the garden
4. Do not go through the P.E. hall if in use
5. Ask for the teacher's permission to leave the classroom or the school, to go to another classroom or to the office
7. Treat all property with care
8. Enter and leave the school through the school gates
9. After school hours only return to the school in an emergency and accompanied by an adult.
Two levels of misbehaviour are recognised: minor and serious. In cases of serious misbehaviour parents will be involved immediately and invited to meet the teacher/year head or principal to discuss their child's behaviour and agree a way forward. Parents/Guardians who have concerns about their child's behaviour or/and welfare are advised to contact the school as soon as possible as early intervention can help all involved.
Examples of Serious misbehaviour
Consequences of bad behaviour
Sanctions are normally imposed in the hope that the pupil will learn to choose positive behaviour, self -discipline and raise self- esteem.
Minor sanctions are exercised in the context of reinforcing the positive behaviour of other pupils e.g. " Well done…... I like the way you are sitting up straight with your arms folded".
When and if appropriate an investigation may well be carried out to establish the facts.
The following steps are normally taken when the children behave inappropriately. They are listed in order of severity with one being for a minor misbehaviour and ten being for serious misbehaviour. The list is by no means exhaustive nor necessarily sequential. The aim of any sanction is to prevent the behaviour occurring again and if necessary to help the pupils devise strategies for this.
1. Reasoning with pupil and possible development of a contract.
2. Verbal warning including advice on how to improve and record in journal.
3. Temporary separation from peers within class and/or temporary removal to another class.
5. Referral to year head / Principal and communication with parents re classroom behaviour.
6. Temporary separation from peers in the yard
7. Yellow and Red cards. For Red card offences children will have" time out" in a supervised location during break times, for up to three days .
8. Loss of privileges
9. Principal communicating with parents re yard behaviour
10.Exclusion ( Suspension or Expulsion ) from school ( in accordance with the Education Welfare Act 2000 ) and the Education Act 1998
C/F Appendix on request from school
*In exceptional circumstances, each behavioural situation will be judged on a case- by- case basis
*In applying any sanction, the duty of care to the student is maintained
*The standards and rules contained in the Code of Behaviour will apply in any situation where the student, although outside the school, is still the responsibility of the school.
Examples include school tours, games and extracurricular activities and attendance at events organised by the school
*While classroom and yard discipline are kept separate to promote positive relationships between teacher and child, in instances of serious misbehaviour, privileges will be withdrawn e.g. trips outside school, irrespective of where the incident happened i.e. yard or class
School starts at 8.50 a.m. and finishes at 1.30 p.m. for Junior and Senior Infants and 2.30 p.m. for 1st-6th classes
Hair and Jewellery
Our school promotes healthy living and good lunches are provided free of charge. No other food is necessary.
Mobile phones may not be used during school time. If misused they will be confiscated for one week and will only be returned when parent comes to the principal's office to collect it.
Homework is given Monday-Thursday inclusive. Reading is considered to be a very important part of your child's homework as reading is essential if your child is to succeed in every subject.
Adults in our School Community
All adults within the school community are expected to work within an atmosphere of mutual respect. This should permeate throughout the school. It is expected that all staff, parents and visitors will interact in a polite, respectful and friendly manner. They are expected to model high standards as their example has an important influence on the children. Accordingly, we expect parents to help their children keep the school rules e.g. by talking to their child about good behaviour and treating others well. If parents/guardians have difficulty understanding our code please let the school know.
Communication with Parents
Parents are always welcome in our school and staff will consult with them where necessary. Communication with parents is central to maintaining a positive approach to dealing with children. A high level of co-operation and open communication between parents ,staff and children, is seen as an important factor in encouraging positive behaviour in the school. Some methods of communication include the following
It is the responsibility of the parents/guardians to inform the school immediately of a change of phone number or address.
Before a serious sanction such as Suspension is considered all other procedures in our discipline policy up to this point will normally have been adhered to. The decision to suspend a pupil will follow from serious misbehaviour:
The Board of Management and Staff of Scoil an Cheathrair Alainn will follow the procedures for suspension and expulsion outlined in the Guidelines for Schools on Developing a Code of Behaviour.
Fair procedures (i.e. the right to be heard and the right to impartiality) will be applied at all times. Accordingly, pupils and their parents will be fully informed about the alleged misbehaviour and the processes that will be used to investigate and decide the matter and they will be given an opportunity to respond before a decision is made and before a serious sanction is imposed. In exceptional circumstances, the Principal may consider an immediate suspension to be necessary when the continued presence of the pupil in the school at the time would represent a serious threat to the safety of pupils or staff of the school, or any other person. Automatic suspension will apply in the event of a student engaging in very serious misbehaviour
In determining the appropriateness of suspending a pupil the relevant Staff, Principal and the Board of Management will enrol the factors to consider before proposing to suspend a student. These factors include, the nature and seriousness of the behaviour, the context of the behaviour, the impact of the behaviour, the interventions tried to date, whether suspension is a proportionate response and the possible impact of suspension.
Procedures in relation to suspension:
- the reasons for the suspension
- any programme of study to be followed
- the arrangements for returning to school, including any commitments to be entered into by the student and the parents (for example, the pupil and parents might be asked to reaffirm their commitment to the code of behaviour)
- the provision for an appeal to the Board of Management and the right to appeal to the Secretary general of the Department of Education and Science (Education Act 1998 Section 29)
Procedures for expulsion
Procedures in respect of expulsion - six steps.
o Step 1 - A detailed investigation carried out under the direction of the Principal
o Step 2 - A recommendation to the Board of Management
o Step 3 - Consideration by the Board of Management of the Principal's recommendation; and the holding of a hearing with parents and other relevant personnel
o Step 4 - Board of Management deliberations and actions following the hearing
o Step 5 - Consultations arranged by the Educational Welfare Officer
o Step 6 - Confirmation of the decision to expel
Section 29 Appeals (p86). A parent may appeal a decision to expel to the secretary general of the Department of Education and Science (DES). A form for such an appeal is available from the DES.
Pupils with special needs
Pupils with special needs will be required to follow the school's 'Code of Behaviour' but teachers will use their professional judgment in relation to regularity and level of sanctions. While teachers must be seen to be fair in the eyes of other children who may have exhibited the same type of misdemeanors, they will also show leniency and understanding in relation to children with specific learning/ behavioural / emotional difficulties. Parents of these children will be kept informed of their child's behaviour on a regular basis and may be requested to work with the school in devising effective strategies to help the child to improve his/her behaviour. This may involve agreeing a behaviour plan or contract or working and co-operating with the Resource Teacher and a Special Needs Assistant(SNA), if an SNA is deployed to assist a pupil/class. The devising of such strategies may also entail contacting and meeting with relevant out of school agencies.
Staff at Scoil an Cheathrair Alainn are also aware of the factors that affect behaviour. These factors include external and interpersonal factors (such as parent and family patterns and relationships, peer groups/friends and neighbourhood and community factors) and within-person factors (including age and stage of development, social skills deficit, personality and temperament, physical and medical characteristics and ability to learn). The staff also believe that students' behaviour can change and will endeavour to assist pupils to modify their behaviour. Examples of support and intervention for pupils are outlined below.
Interventions and support
Communicating and implementing the code
o All parents will be issued with a copy of the Code of Behaviour.
o The staff will endeavour to ensure that all parents can access and understand the code.
o Special effort will be made to ensure that pupils with special educational needs understand the school rules, the reward systems and the consequences of misbehaviour. SPHE lessons, DVD's and role-play may be used to ensure these pupils understand cause and effects of behaviour. Teachers will teach the Code of Behaviour pupils in an age appropriate manner.
Procedure for the Resolution of Complaints:
Complaints are taken under guidelines laid down in agreement between CPSMA and INTO. Guidelines available in school or on the Catholic Primary Schools Management Association (CPSMA) Web Site.
Roles and Responsibility:
A. The school Staff
B. Ancillary Staff operating under the guidance of the Principal and Deputy Principal.
Implementation Date: 1st September, 2011.
Timetable for Review: Review at end of 2013 - 2014 school year and every two years thereafter.
Ratification and Communication: