Scartleigh National School Code of Discipline and Behaviour

Code of Discipline and Behaviour

(This policy was reviewed and by the Board of Management in January 2010)

See Appendix 1 for - ' Code of Discipline for our Children' and 'Parental Endorsement' Form.

Scartleigh National School is an environment conducive to optimum teaching and learning where all partners in the school community feel safe, valued and included. All reasonable efforts will be made to ensure that this vision is achieved.

School Community
The partners in the school community are:
• Teachers
• Pupils
• Support Staff members
• Parents
• Board of Management members
• Visitors

• The creation of a school environment where all partners are safe, respected and valued.
• This environment is conducive to the attainment of the creative and intellectual potential of all the partners.

Rights and Responsibilities
The effectiveness of this Code of Discipline is dependent on the three main partners, pupils, teachers and parents being aware of both their rights and responsibilities.

Rights of Children:
Children have the right:
•to a broad holistic education in a safe environment
•to an education free from abuse, verbal, physical, sexual and emotional
•to be respected and to be valued
•to privacy
•to receive constant praise, acknowledgement and affirmation
•to be listened to
•to express their concerns and opinions
•to ask questions
•to be happy
•to enjoy school

Responsibilities of Children:
Children have the responsibility:
•to show respect for themselves and their peers, teachers, parents, support staff and visitors to the school
•to accept the outcomes of their own actions
•to be honest
•to be mannerly and polite
•to listen to and value the views and opinions of others
•to accept differences
•to be attentive
•to work to their potential
•to respect the school environment, i.e. classroom, school building, school grounds and equipment
•to ensure their own safety and that of others
•to be inclusive in their friendship groupings

Rights of Teachers and Support Staff:
Teachers and Support Staff have the right:
•to work in a safe and comfortable environment
•to work in an environment which is both conducive to learning and free from interruption
•to seek all available resources
•to be respected and held in proper esteem
•to be supported in the teaching and learning process by the parents
•to be supported in the teaching and learning by the Board of Management
•to have access to relevant information and documentation concerning their pupils
•to be listened to by pupils, parents, colleagues and Board members and have their opinions, ideas and questions valued
•to be happy and to enjoy their work

Responsibilities of Teachers and Support Staff:
Teachers and Support Staff have the responsibility:
•to be punctual
•to be approachable
•to protect the privacy of the child
•to create a classroom atmosphere conducive to active learning
•to be fair and consistent in the treatment of children
•to encourage and to model good manners, politeness and courtesy
•to promote gender equity
•to foster positive relations with parents
•to inform parents of each child’s progress, behavioural, emotional and intellectual
•to inform parents of changes in school policy
•to inform parents of school closures, early closings, events etc with maximum notice

Rights of Parents:
Parents have the right:
•to have their children educated in a safe and happy environment
•to have their children educated in an environment conducive to active learning
•to contact the principal and teachers
•to have their questions, concerns and opinions listened to and valued
•to be informed of the behavioural, intellectual and emotional development of their children
•to be informed of changes in school policy
•to be informed of school closures with maximum notice possible
•to offer their services
•to be included in extra-curricular activities
•to be confident that the self-esteem of the child is being enhanced
•to have a Parents Association or representative body
•to be happy with the school and to enjoy their children’s school years

Responsibilities of Parents:
Parents have the responsibility:
•to be punctual both in the delivery and collection of their children
•to ensure the safety of their children both in the delivery and collection of their children to and from school.
•to park safely and with consideration to other road users and local residents.
•to support the school’s Drop and Go policy between 8.40am and 9.00am
•to attend to their children’s personal hygiene and appearance
•to adhere to the school policy on Dress Code
•to ensure that homework is done and to inform teachers of any difficulties with same
•to inform teachers promptly of any problems their child may be experiencing at school
•to foster positive relationships with teachers
•to communicate openly with teachers
•to be respectful to teachers and to support staff and to encourage their children to do likewise
•to praise and to encourage their children
•to accept their child’s limitations and to set realistic goals and expectations
•to demonstrate and model a positive attitude to education
•to offer all documentation or information relevant to their child’s education
•to attend all Teacher/Parent meetings when requested

Behavioural Management
Children deserve consistent praise and affirmation for their efforts at work and also for playing their part in maintaining the school as a happy place. Good behaviour needs to be rewarded.

Teachers are asked to choose from the Reward Well when considering rewards:
•Homework-free nights
•Part-homework free nights
•Golden Time
•Nature Walks
•Organised trips to places of interest
•Invited theatre/musical/art groups
•Extra play time

Strategies for Dealing with Ill-Discipline
When children engage in disruptive or unacceptable behaviour they are in breach of the Code of Discipline. The class teacher may choose from the list of sanctions in dealing with ill-discipline as it may arise.
•Verbal reprimand A clear positive message indicating that the behaviour exhibited by the child is not acceptable. Preferably this message is delivered privately but bearing in mind the dynamics of the classroom, this is not always either practical or possible.
•Isolation from peers. The child is removed from peers for a set period of time. The child is told clearly why he/she is being isolated and is asked to consider his/her behaviour and its outcome while taking time out. Child returns to peers having apologised.
•Imposition of written work. Lines, handwriting practice, written apology, written explanation.
•Supervised lunch-time detention.
•Yellow card (warning) red card (punishment).
•Contact home
•Loss of privilege. Place on sports teams, school outings etc
•Denial of privilege, denial of Golden Time etc.

Suspension and Expulsion
See Suspension Policy
See Expulsion Policy

Assaults on Staff Members
The Board accepts the recommendations outlined in Circular 40/97. The Board also has identified violence or the threat of violence as a potential hazard under the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 1989.
Accordingly the Board of Management is committed to:
Providing a safe place to work for employees
Taking preventative measures to minimise the risk of assault to teachers or other staff
To take measures in support of staff who have been threatened or assaulted
Ensuring that appropriate action is taken to safeguard against a recurrence

The Board identifies an assault on a staff member by a pupil as an incident of gross misbehaviour. Accordingly, pupils who assault staff members face immediate suspension and possible expulsion.

Annual Review
This Code of Discipline will be reviewed by staff annually.

See Appendix 1 for - 'Code of Discipline for our Children' and 'Parental Endorsement' Form.