Code of Behaviour

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Code of Behaviour

In Screen National School we believe that good behaviour is very important in our
school. It enables the children to learn, to be self-confident and to enjoy school. It
enables the teachers to teach effectively and to try and cater for the needs of all the
Our Code of Behaviour aims to:
(a) To create a happy, caring and secure environment for our pupils in which
there is a sense of good order in the school and in the playground and a
positive approach to discipline;
(b) To help pupils become more self-disciplined and to encourage good
standards of behaviour;
(c) To create a positive learning atmosphere which promotes good working and
learning habits for all our pupils
The school places greater emphasis on the promotion of positive behaviour in the
belief that this will, in the long run, give best results.
Overall responsibility for discipline within the school rests with the Principal. Each
teacher has responsibility for the maintaining of discipline within his/her class while
sharing a common responsibility for good order within the school premises. Staff will
respond promptly and firmly to any incidences of unacceptable behaviour.
In order to ensure that there is a positive learning environment for all our children we
follow six simple rules.
1. I respect myself, my teachers, other pupils and visitors to the school.
2. I behave safely at all times.
3. I work well and do my best.
4. I am kind to others.

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5. I keep the school clean and tidy.
6. I take responsibility for myself.
Reward system for encouraging and promoting good behaviour
In recognition of children’s good work and best effort, they will be praised by class
teacher, other members of staff who observe good behaviour and by the Principal.
Incentives will be employed by individual teachers to reward good behaviour in an
age-appropriate manner. While rewards can be motivating, good behaviour is
expected in the school and children as they mature will learn that rewards are not
always necessary or appropriate.
The following strategies may be used to show disapproval of unacceptable
behaviour; reasoning with the pupil, reprimand (including advice on how to improve),
temporary separation from peers (time-out), loss of privileges, detention during a
break, prescribing of additional work, referral to Principal Teacher, communication
with parents, suspension or expulsion.
The professional judgement of the teacher and/or Principal will decide which
sanctions are appropriate. At all times the emphasis will be on the promotion of
positive behaviour and support for the child in achieving an acceptable standard of
A teacher reports repeated instances of serious misbehaviour to the Principal
Teacher while at the same time keeping a written record of all such instances. All
teachers keep a class incident book. Pupils are informed when instances of serious
misbehaviour on their part are being recorded. Parents will be fully informed of
instances of serious misbehaviour on the part of their children when necessary.
Communication with parents will be verbal or by letter, depending on circumstances.
For gross misbehaviour or repeated instances of serious misbehaviour suspension
may be considered. Aggressive, threatening or violent behaviour will be regarded as
serious or gross behaviour, depending on circumstances.
Where there are repeated instances of serious misbehaviour, the Chairperson of the
Board of Management will be informed and the parents will be requested in writing to

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attend at the school to meet the Chairperson and the 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 procedures outlined in the NEWB
Developing a Code of Behaviour, Guidelines for Schools, Pg. 70-78
Procedures for expulsion will follow the same guidelines from Pg. 80-86
Every effort will be made to have an emotionally disturbed child referred for
psychological assessment without delay. Help will also be sought from support
services within the wider community (e.g. Community Care Services).
General School Rules
1. Children come to school every day on time.
2. Treat all staff and fellow pupils with kindness, courtesy and respect. Be kind
and courteous to visitors.
3. Keep the school tidy. Be careful with all property in the school.
4. Bring a note from parent if requesting permission to leave school early or if
returning to school after an absence or if unavoidably late.
5. Show good manners at all times. Do not use bad language.
6. No running inside the school building.
7. Children must stay in designated play areas and play in a safe manner.
In Class Behaviour
1. Pupils should show respect, courtesy and consideration for their teacher and
fellow pupils.
2. Pupils are expected to work to the best of their ability.
3. Pupils are not allowed to interfere with or disrupt the work of others.
4. Pupils should be mindful of their own safety and that of others and should not
do anything to endanger themselves or others.
5. Pupils should take pride in keeping themselves and the classroom clean and
tidy and not damage or deface property belonging to the school or others.

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1. All homework must be completed including all non-written activities.
2. If work is not completed a note should be furnished.
3. Parents should sign the Homework Sheet/Diary at least once a week.

Ratification of the Policy
The Board of Management originally adopted this policy on 7 th February, 2002.
The policy was reviewed and found to be satisfactory by the Board of Management
on 10 th November 2005.
The policy was reviewed by staff in the 2008/2009 school year.
The policy was reviewed by the Board of Management in the 2013/2014 school year.

Signed: __________________________ __________________________
(Chairperson of Board of Management) (Principal)

Date: ________________ Date: ___________________

Policy Review: