Code of Behaviour
Please read this updated Code of Behaviour Statement. Changes have been made from sections 7-11. This slip should be signed and returned to the school to confirm that you have read and agree with this updated policy. The Code of Behaviour Statement is to be retained by you for your further perusal.
The Code of Behaviour covers the following:
School will be open from 8.50 a.m. Infants are to be collected at 1.50 p.m. and all other pupils at 2.50 p.m. promptly. For the month of September Junior Infant pupils are to be collected at 1.00 p.m.
The school cannot accept responsibility for looking after pupils outside of the times mentioned above.
in writing. Please complete the absence slips at the back of your child’s Homework Journal. The slips may remain
in the journal, it will be signed by the teacher and a copy taken and put into your child’s file. The school is obliged to notify the Educational Welfare Board if a child is absent for 20 days or more or where the absences give rise to concern.
environment. Wearing of jewellery is discouraged for
Mondays. Old clothes are to be worn for Art class.
Infants 10 – 20 minutes
1st and 2nd 20 – 30 minutes
3rd and 4th 30 – 45 minutes
5th and 6th 45 – 60 minutes
(g) Parents will be given guidance by the relevant class teacher on how to help pupils learn spellings, tables and how to develop word attack skills and fluency in reading.
If a child’s behaviour becomes uncontrollable and the safety of other children are at risk the child’s parent will be contacted to pick up their child. It is essential that parents can be contacted at all times while their child/ren are at school. If your number cannot be contacted, please ensure the school has another contactable number, in case of emergency. This is a very serious matter because a delay in contacting you may put your child at risk.
Teachers shall keep a written record of all instances of serious misbehaviour in the accident and incident folder as well as a record of improvements in the behaviour of disruptive pupils. Before resorting to serious sanctions, e.g. suspension, the normal channels of communication between school and 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 depending on circumstances. The parents concerned will be invited to come to the school to discuss their child’s case. For gross misbehaviour or repeated instances of serious misbehaviour suspension will be considered.
Aggressive, threatening or violent behaviour towards a teacher will be regarded as serious or gross misdemeanour.
Where there are repeated instances of serious misbehaviour, the Board of Management will be informed and the parents will be requested in writing to attend at the school to meet the Chairperson and Principal Teacher. If the parents do not give an undertaking that the pupil will behave in an acceptable manner in the future the pupil may have to be suspended for a temporary period. Suspension will be in accordance with the terms of Rule 130 (5) of the Rules of National Schools, as amended by circular 7/88.
Every effort will be made to have an emotionally
disturbed child referred for psychological assessment
without delay. Help will be sought, also from support
Services within the wider community, e.g. Community
Care Services provided by the Health Boards.
In the belief that the most effective schools tend to be
those with the best relationships with parents, every effort
will be made by the Principal Teacher and staff to ensure
that parents are kept well informed, that the school
provides a welcoming atmosphere towards parents and
that parents are told not only when their children are in
trouble but when they have behaved particularly well.
The degrees of misbehaviour will decide what type of punishment is warranted. The three degrees of misbehaviour referred to in this document, in order of increasing seriousness are minor, serious and gross. The following principles and examples will be taken into account by the teachers and/or the Principal in deciding into which category of misbehaviour a particular incident or sequence of incidents falls and what the appropriate punishment is:
Examples of minor misdemeanours:
Examples of steps to be taken by teachers when dealing with minor misdemeanours:
Examples of steps to be taken when dealing with regular occurrences of minor Misdemeanours
Phase 1 (within the classroom):
(Misbehaviour in yard consists of any action that puts the safety of self/other pupil at risk).
Examples of serious misdemeanours
Examples of steps to be taken when dealing with serious misdemeanours:
Examples of Gross Misdemeanours
It should be noted that these lists consist of examples only: It is not meant to be a totally comprehensive list of misdemeanours and procedural steps.
Examples of steps to be taken when dealing with gross misdemeanours/repeated instances of serious misdemeanours
(a) For gross misbehaviour or repeated instances of serious misbehaviours, suspension will be considered.
A proposal to exclude a student, through suspension or expulsion, is a serious step, warranted only by very serious misbehaviour. Schools are required, under section 23(2) of the Education (Welfare) Act 2000, to include their procedures for suspension and expulsion in their code of behaviour in accordance with NEWB guidelines and Dept. of Education circulars.
Fair procedures have two essential parts:
In a school, fair procedures apply to:
The Board of Management has the authority to suspend a student. The Board has delegated the authority to suspend, up to a maximum of 3 days, to the Principal who will give written notification to the Board of Management.
The grounds for suspension
The decision to suspend a student requires serious grounds such as that:
A single incident of serious misconduct may be grounds for suspension.
Forms of suspension
Immediate suspension: In exceptional circumstances, the Principal may consider an immediate suspension to be necessary where the continued presence of the student in the school at the time would represent a serious threat to the safety of students or staff of the school, or any other person.
‘Automatic’ suspension : The Principal may decide, as part of the school’s policy on sanctions, and following the consultation process with the B.O.M., parents, teachers and students, that automatic suspension will be imposed on any pupil leaving the school premises without permission. However, a general decision to impose suspension for named behaviours does not remove the duty to follow due process and fair procedures.
Procedures in respect of suspension
Where a preliminary assessment of the facts confirms serious misbehaviour that could warrant suspension, the school should observe the following procedures:
The Principal should notify the parents and the student in writing of the decision to suspend. The letter should confirm:
Report to NEWB
The Principal is required to report to the NEWB suspensions of a certain length (i.e. 6 days or over) or suspensions which mean that the aggregate number of days of suspension in a school year is 20 or more.
A student is expelled from a school when a Board of Management makes a decision to permanently exclude him or her from the school, having complied with the provisions of section 24 of the Education (Welfare) Act 2000.
Authority to expel
The Board of Management has the authority from both the Education (Welfare) Act 2000 and from common law to expel a student. In addition to the procedures set out below, the Board of Management reserves the right to take action during any deliberative or decision making process to require that a student absent themselves from the school for a particular period whether on health and safety grounds or otherwise.
The grounds for expulsion
Expulsion should be a proportionate response to the student’s behaviour. Expulsion of a student is a very serious step, and one that should only be taken by the Board of Management in extreme cases of unacceptable behaviour. The school should have taken significant steps to address the misbehaviour and to avoid expulsion of a student including, as appropriate:
This procedure may be used in an extreme case, in accordance with the principles set out below and with Section 24 of the Education (Welfare) Act 2000.
Grounds for expulsion:
The Board of Management may sanction automatic expulsion for certain prescribed misbehaviour:
Procedures in respect of expulsion:
5.1 The nature, scale and persistence of the behaviour in question
5.2 The effect of the behaviour on the school community (staff and pupils)
5.3 The previous behaviour and conduct of the pupil
5.4 Any contrition or attempts by the pupil to reform their behaviour
5.5 Attempts (short of expulsion) made by the Principal and staff to divert, correct or check the behaviour and the effectiveness of those attempts
5.6 The duty of the school to provide an education for its students and whether the continued enrolment or the student affects or limits the Board’s ability to discharge this duty
5.7 The duty of care owed by the school to its employees, pupils and to visitors to the school and whether the continued enrolment of the student affects or limits the Board’s ability to meet this duty of care.
Policy on mobile phones
Mobile phones are not allowed in school. If a parent wishes a child to have a phone with him/her, it is necessary to notify the school in writing and the phone will be kept by teacher until going home time.
If a phone is found without prior authorisation, it will be taken and returned to the child at the end of the day.
Procedures for dealing with Bullying:
This school policy aims to prevent and not just control bullying by creating a school climate which encourages and requires respect, trust, caring, consideration and support for others.
Pupils are encouraged to report incidents of bullying and to see it as responsible behaviour, not telling tales.
This Policy was reviewed and ratified by the Board of Management in 2018 and will next be reviewed in 2022.
Please sign and return to school.
Code of Behaviour:
We have read and agree to comply with this Code of Behaviour.