Code of Behaviour.

CODE OF BEHAVIOUR POLICY

Introduction

This Code of Behaviour Policy was developed by a sub-group consisting of the Principal, teachers and Board of Management representatives following consultation with staff, pupils and parents. The policy has been approved by the Board of Management. It will be circulated to all parents of existing pupils and all parents of new pupils. All pupils will be made aware of the policy at the start of the school year. Temporary and substitute teachers and other school staff will also be made aware of the policy. The Board of Management, the Principal and staff are responsible for implementation of the policy.

 

Aims of Policy

The aims of this policy are:

To allow the school to function in an orderly and harmonious way.

To enhance the learning environment where children can make progress in all aspects of their development.

To create an atmosphere of respect, tolerance and consideration for everyone.

To promote positive behaviour and self discipline recognising the differences between children and the need to accommodate these differences.

To promote the safety and well being of all members of the school community. (see separate Health and Safety Policy)

To assist parents and pupils in understanding the systems and procedures that form part of the code of behaviour and to seek their co operation in the application of these procedures.

To ensure the system of rules rewards, and sanctions are implemented in a fair and consistent manner.

To promote a strong sense of community and co-operation among staff, pupils, parents and Board of Management.

To prevent, identify and deal with bullying (See separate Anti-Bullying Policy)

Examples of more serious unacceptable behaviour include:

Persistently Breaking classroom rules

Answering back, giving cheek or arguing with teachers

Using bad language

Stealing

Bullying

Being untruthful

Leaving school without permission

Persistently failing to do or complete homework

Substance use

Persistently distracting other children

Damaging school or others property

Aggressive behaviour

Being discourteous/unmannerly

Hitting or hurting others

Fighting

Being in possession of items that may cause damage to other person or property

Strategies:

Strategies for dealing with unacceptable behaviour are as follows:-Minor Misdemeanours:More serious unacceptable behaviour:Appeal Procedure

These procedures are in accordance with the Education Welfare act under section 29 of the Education Act 1998, parents (or pupils who have reached the age of 18) are entitled to appeal to the secretary general of the Department of Education and Science against some decisions of the Board of Management, including (1) permanent expulsion of school and (2) suspension for a period which would bring the cumulative period of suspension to 20 school days or longer in any one school year (see circular 22/02). Accordingly, this school will advise parents of this right of appeal and associated timeframe if it has been decided to suspend or permanently exclude a pupil. Appeals must generally be made within 42 calendar days for the date the decision of the school was notified to the parents or student

Persistent late arrival to school:

Persistent late arrival to school affects the learning of the child as well as the learning of other children. If this happens the Principal will contact the parents/ guardians by letter.

Linked Policies

A number of other school policies are linked to the code of behaviour policy. These include:

Homework policy

Anti bullying policy

Health and Safety policy

Substance Abuse Policy

Healthy Eating Policy

SPHE, Alive O, RSE

 

Success Criteria

Positive feedback from teachers, parents, pupils

Observation of behaviour in class rooms, corridors, yard

General atmosphere in the school.Reasoning with the pupil

Reprimand (including advice on how to improve)

Temporary separation from peers, friends or others

Note home in homework diary

Temporary loss of privileges

Prescribing additional work

Referral to principal teacher

Ascribing ‘Behaviour Tracker Reports’.

Communication with parents

Letter from principal or chairperson of Board of Management to parents/guardiansReasoning with the pupil

Reprimand (including advice on how to improve)

Temporary separation from peers, friends or others for example time out table

Note home in homework diary

 

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