Code of Behaviour and Discipline


CODE OF BEHAVIOUR AND DISCIPLINE

 

SCOIL NAOMH PÁDRAIG.

 

                                   INTRODUCTION

 

The Board of Management endorses this Code of Behaviour and Discipline, which has been formulated by the principal and staff in consultation with the Parents Committee.

 

 

  1. In devising the code, consideration has been given to the particular needs and circumstances of the school. The aim is to ensure the individual right of each child to education in a relatively disruption free environment.

 

  1. Every effort will be made by all members of staff to adopt a positive approach to the question of behaviour in the school. The code offers a framework within which positive techniques of motivation and encouragement are utilised by teachers.

 

  1. The school places greater emphasis on rewards than on sanctions in the belief that this will, in the long run, give the best results.

 

  1. The school recognises the variety of differences that exist between children and the need to accommodate these differences.

 

  1. It is agreed that a high standard of behaviour requires a strong sense of community within the school and a high level of co-operation among staff and between staff, pupils and parents.

 

  1. The rules are being kept to a minimum and are positively stated in terms of what pupils should do.

 

  1. Teachers set and make known to the children the boundaries within which they can operate. I.e. movement or talk in the classroom during different types of classes and activities.

 

  1. All children are treated in a fair, equitable and consistent manner focusing on children’s behaviour rather than personality.

 

  1. Teachers stop inappropriate behaviour promptly and consistently while maintaining the dignity of the child.

 

  1. All efforts will be made to match the curriculum to the abilities aptitudes and interests of each pupil. This should help reduce boredom, lack of interest or lack of progress.

 

  1. The overall responsibility for discipline within the school rests with the principal. Each teacher has responsibility for maintenance of discipline within his/her classroom, while sharing a common responsibility for good order within the school.

 

  1. Parents play a crucial role in shaping attitudes which produce good behaviour in the school by:

 

  • Encouraging children to abide by school rules.
  • Visiting the school when asked to do so by the Principal or members of staff.
  • Ensuring that the child allocates homework, due to time and effort.

 

 

 

 

REWARDS FOR GOOD BEHAVIOUR

 

The following strategies may be utilised to reward good behaviour:

 

  • Note in pupil’s homework diary or copybook to convey messages of approval from the teachers.

 

  • Stickers and stamps given for good effort or work or behaviour.

 

  • Oral praise.

 

  • Extra privileges or responsibilities such as doing jobs.

 

  • Sharing and showing good work with peers and teachers.

 

  • Additional strategies may be used at the teacher’s own discretion.

 

 

 

 

 

GENERAL GUIDELINES

 

  • Every effort will be made by all members of staff to adopt a positive approach to the question of behaviour in the school. However, there is a need for sanctions to register disapproval of unacceptable behaviour. Punishment is not meant to undermine the dignity of the pupil but rather to be corrective in nature.

 

  • The teacher will record improvements in behaviour as well as serious misbehaviour.

 

  • A teacher will report repeated instances of misbehaviour to the Principal and also keep a written record of all such instances. The record will also indicate the warnings and/or advice given to the child on the misbehaviour and the consequences of its repetition. Pupils will be informed when instances of serious misbehaviour on their part are being recorded.

 

  • Before resorting to serious sanctions, the normal channels of communication with parents will be utilised. Parents will be involved at an early stage rather than as a last resort. Communication with parents will be verbal or by letter. Parents will be invited to come to the school to discuss the child’s case with the class teacher. Present at this meeting will be the Principal or another teacher.

 

 

 

 

 

SANCTIONS

 

 

The following strategies may be used to show disapproval of unacceptable behaviour:

 

 

  • Reasoning with pupil

 

  • Reprimand (including advice on how to behave).

 

  • Temporary separation from peers, friends or others.

 

  • Loss of privileges.

 

  • Detention during a break.

 

  • Prescribing extra work.

 

  • Referral to principal.

 

  • Communication with parents.

 

  • Suspension (temporary)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SUSPENSION

 

The following constitute serious breaches of discipline and gross breaches of discipline and may incur suspension depending on the circumstances (rule 130.5).

 

  1. Insulting, defiant, aggressive, threatening or violent behaviour, or language towards a teacher or other pupil.

 

  1. Wilful destruction or defacing of property or other acts of vandalism.

 

  1. Constant disruption of the class to the extent that it interferes with the right of other pupils to learn.

 

  1. Repeated physical and/or verbal abuse of other children i.e. bullying.

 

  1. Unauthorised leaving of school premises.

 

  1. Unlawful taking of school property, property of other pupils, properties of another party, while subject to the authority and discipline of the school.

 

  • The parent/s are requested to meet the Principal and Chairperson at the school at a specified time. The parents required to give an undertaking in the presence of the Principal, the Chairperson and the class teacher that the child will behave in an acceptable manner in future. The child may also be required to give such an undertaking.

 

  • If the parent/s fail to attend the school to meet the Principal and Chairperson and fail to provide a reasonable excuse for not doing so, the child may be suspended until they do so.

 

  • In the event of the parent/s and/or the child failing to give such an undertaking, the parents are informed in writing, as soon as possible thereafter, that a period of suspensions has been imposed until the Board of Management has considered the matter. The parent/s are informed that they have a right of appeal to the Board.

 

 

  • In the case of gross misbehaviour the Board shall authorise the Chairperson or the Principal when the Chairperson is not available, to sanction as immediate suspension, pending a discussion of the matter with the parents. Any child on immediate suspension will be taken home and parents informed immediately by letter as to reasons for suspension. The Principal invites the parents to meet the Chairperson and himself at the school at a specified time.

 

  • If the parent/s fail to attend the school to meet the Principal and Chairperson and fail to provide a reasonable excuse for not doing so, the child may remain suspended until they do so.

 

  • In the event of the parent/s and/or the child failing to give an acceptable undertaking in regard to the child’s future behaviour, the parents are informed in writing, as soon as possible thereafter that the Board of Management has considered the matter. The parents are informed that they have a right of appeal to the Board.

 

  • The letters sent to the parents, requesting that they attend at the school to meet the Principal and the Chairperson to discuss their child’s behaviour in school, are hand-delivered or sent by registered express mail and warn that if the visit does not take place at the specified time and date the child may be suspended or remain suspended pending the visit.

 

Copies of such letters are sent to the Board of Management.

 

  • When the parent/s have visited the school and have given an acceptable undertaking, the Principal gives the parents, as soon as possible thereafter, a statement in writing of the terms of the undertaking, and the date of termination of the suspension in the case of a pupil who has already been suspended. When the period of suspension ends, the Principal readmits the pupil formally to the class.

 

  • Where a satisfactory resolution of a problem is achieved, a pupil may be readmitted to school within a suspension period at the discretion of the Chairperson of the Board and the Principal.

 

Suspension will be in accordance with the terms of Rule 130 (5) of the Rules for National Schools.

Expulsion may be considered in an extreme case, in accordance with Rule 130 (6).