Code of Behaviour

Code of Behaviour

Why we have a code of behaviour

In devising the code of behaviour, consideration has to be given to the particular needs and circumstances of this school. Scoil Eoin Baiste promotes a positive climate and atmosphere where every child feels happy, valued and safe and where we endeavour to help every child learn and progress in all areas of their development. It provides a framework within which all children can realise their full potential using positive techniques of motivation and encouragement. It encourages a strong sense of community and a high level of respect and co-operation between staff, parents and pupils.

Every effort will be made by all members of staff to adopt a positive approach to the question of behaviour in the school.

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

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

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.

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

Clár ama na scoile

  • School opens at 9.10am
  • School closes: Junior/Senior infants at 1.50pm

1st to 6th classes at 2.50pm


It is the policy of the school to assign homework on a regular basis. Parents are strongly advised to taken an active interest in their child’s homework and to SIGN their homework journal each night (ensuring that it is done).

Praise strategies for using with pupils (in line with our Incredible Years Programme)

Praise may be given by means of any one of the following:

  • A quiet word or gesture to show approval
  • A comment in a pupils’ exercise book
  • Use of tangible rewards (eg.stickers, lucky dips, etc)
  • A visit to another member of staff or to the principal for commendation
  • A word of praise in front of a group or class
  • A system of merits, including Golden Time
  • Assembly – certificates and trophies to be given to winning pupils
  • Delegating some special responsibility or privilege
  • A mention to a parent, written or verbal communication

Consequences of unacceptable behaviour

The nature of the behaviour will determine the strategy. Unacceptable behaviour may be dealt with in the following way:

  • Reasoning with pupil
  • Reprimand (including advice on how to improve)
  • Children will be put on report/behavioural plan
  • Time-out (in classroom or yard) to reflect on behaviour
  • Communication with parents (eg.homework diary/meetings between teacher&parent)
  • Temporary separation from peers and/or loss of privileges (Golden time)
  • Referral to deputy principal / principal
  • Note to parents / formal
  • Suspension / expulsion (in accordance with Rule 130 of the Rules of the National Schools, as amended by circular 7/88)

Reward system (in line with our Incredible Years Programme)

The following strategies will be used to recognise good behaviour, good work and improvements in all areas of school life:

  • Stamps in diary and reward when certain quota met
  • Phone-call to parents highlighting really good behaviour/achievement (from HSCL officer/class teacher)
  • “No homework” voucher
  • Assembly monthly. One for Junior to 2nd class. Another assembly for 3rd to 6th. Acknowledge general achievements, birthdays, etc. In each class group one trophy and certificates awarded. Certificate is kept and trophy returned. Photographs of winners can be taken for public display in school.
  • Role of honour at end of each term (photographs could be taken and displayed in public area of school)
  • Stickers and stars
  • Certificates
  • Special time: in computer room, class treat (eg.DVD, extra play time)
  • Individual treat
  • “Golden Time” – to be awarded to Junior infants once weekly (20mins). Every Friday for Senior infants to 6th class (30minutes). Activities to include: art&craft, PE, games, DVD, etc. It is a class decision.
  • Class based “Superstars” competition – reward party at the end for successful class, usually each term

School rules

In order for school to function harmoniously and efficiently we have the following rules:

  • I will be in school on time with the appropriate books and equipment
  • I will be kind and respectful to all teachers, pupils and visitors to our school
  • I will behave well in class so that all pupils can learn without disruption
  • I will listen to my teacher and not interrupt, follow instructions and work to the best of my ability
  • I will keep our school clean and will respect my own property, the property of others, the school building and premises
  • I should always walk and not run
  • I will be honest and not cover up the truth
  • Explanation notes are required for absences/no homework/no uniform, etc
  • I will never leave the school / school grounds without permission
  • Incredible Years Dina-School rules (Junior infants to 2nd class)

Yard rules

The following rules are on display in our classrooms. The rules apply to all children and are explained to all children:

  • Ask permission from person on duty to leave yard/hall
  • A pupil must have “toilet pass” to gain access to school/corridor/toilets during break-time. Stay within allocated boundaries, I will only play on that part of the school grounds that I am supposed to be on
  • On damp days footballs given to 5th and 6th class only
  • Play safely not roughly
  • Be environmentally friendly
  • As soon as bell rings, line up immediately for prayers
  • No wrappers not allowed in yard (dispose of in class bin/lunch-box)
  • Time out must be adhered to
  • I won’t deliberately hurt anyone or their feelings
  • I will play fairly and not exclude anyone


I should never bully others. I should never allow others to bully me and if it happens I should tell my parents or my teacher. Bullying is always unacceptable. This includes incidents of cyber-bullying by pupils in this school.

Cyber bullying: if cyber bullying takes place outside of school but has an adverse impact on the safety and well-being of a pupil then the school may see fit to intervene.

Scoil Eoin Baiste is a “Bully-Free” zone!!

Procedures: While we promote and reward positive behaviour, negative behaviours need to be recognised and dealt with and consequences will be administered. The degree of negative behaviours (minor/serious/very serious) will be judged by the teachers and/or principal based on a common sense approach with regard to the gravity/frequency of such negative behaviours.

Some examples of what we regard and promote as positive behaviours: (in line with Incredible Years)

  • Working quietly in class
  • Always be punctual
  • Listen
  • Walking inside classroom/corridors
  • Take unfinished food/drinks home in lunchbox
  • Putting rubbish in bins
  • Being polite, mannerly and courteous
  • Do your homework well
  • Play safely and fairly
  • Always seek permission when wanting to leave your seat, classroom or yard
  • Line up when bell rings quickly
  • Sit safely on chairs – 4 on the floor
  • Bring only school related materials with you to school
  • Be responsible and take pride in your own work
  • Treat your copies/books/schoolbags, etc with respect

It should be noted that the above list consists of examples only and is not exhaustive. Where these behaviours are not observed there will be consequences

Some examples of what we regard as positive behaviours that when not observed there will be SERIOUS consequences

  • Working quietly in class
  • Always be honest
  • Always speak respectfully and politely to all adults
  • Respect school and other people’s property
  • We embrace and respect diversity within our school. We are an Incredible Years school and encourage and promote positive communication
  • Always work well
  • Respectfully handling and moving objects
  • Hands and feet to self
  • Respect and take care of all school property, including book rentals, library books, etc
  • Always take homework down
  • Keep your behaviour plan safe

The above list consists of examples and is not exhaustive

Some examples of what we regard as VERY SERIOUS negative behaviours

  • Bullying (see anti-bullying policy)
  • Leaving school/school premises without permission
  • Deliberately damaging school or another person’s property
  • Aggressive/threatening behaviour towards others or premises
  • Bringing serious danger to or assaulting any person in the school
  • Bringing illegal substances or dangerous implements to school
  • Arson / setting fire to school property

The above list consists of examples and is not exhaustive

The following steps will be taken when dealing with negative behaviours.

Consequences for not observing recommended positive behaviours

  • Child’s name written on blackboard (lets them know they are on notice) – Traffic light system
  • Verbal reminder
  • Reasoning with pupil (point out rules)
  • Record incident in yard book/teacher’s class behaviour book (no stamp/reward given if this in place)
  • Time out / Temporary separation from peers within classroom
  • Move to another classroom
  • Send to principal
  • Teacher/principal contacts parents. Communication with parents will be verbal/by letter, depends on circumstances. The parents concerned may be invited to come to school to discuss the child’s case
  • Behaviour plans to be put in place when necessary
  • Formal school work to be prescribed
  • Communicate with parents where necessary – informally in school diary
  • Loss of privilege (Golden time)

Regular occurrences of MINOR negative behaviours may be defined as serious / gross and therefore will be dealt with in that manner

When dealing with SERIOUS negative behaviours

  • Send to deputy principal / principal
  • Behaviour plan will be put in place. Parents will be informed.
  • Homework diary to be signed by parent/guardian
  • Inform parents (parents concerned will be invited to come discuss their child’s case)
  • Principal may meet with parent/guardian
  • Physical restraint of pupil where necessary to protect safety of all
  • Chairperson of Board of Management may be informed and involved and parents may be requested to meet with chairperson/principal

Regular occurrence of SERIOUS negative behaviours may be defined as gross misdemeanours and therefore will be dealt with in that manner

When dealing with VERY SERIOUS negative behaviours

  • Physical restraint where necessary
  • Parent/guardian requested to remove child from school (playground, lunchtime, etc) who poses aggressive/violent/threatening or anti-social behaviour towards staff, pupils or others
  • Chairperson/principal meets with parents
  • Suspension following discussion with parents

Suspension: serious and very serious negative behaviours may be considered as grounds for suspension. Suspension is in accordance with terms of Rule 130 (5) of Rules for National Schools and in accordance with D.O.E. In accordance with this rule, a school my suspend a pupil for 3days and up to 10days with approval by the Board of Management

  • Expulsion: done in accordance with D.O.E guidelines and where it is necessary to safeguard the welfare of pupils, teachers, employees. The patron must sanction expulsion (Rule 130-6)
  • In Junior/Senior infants and first class, steps are to be taken in consultation with staff and at the discretion of the deputy principal, principal and chairperson of the board of management.

Before resorting to serious consequences (suspension/expulsion) 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.

As regards these lists of negative behaviours and procedural steps, it should be noted that these lists consist of examples only. It is not meant to be totally comprehensive.

All members of the teaching staff have been involved in planning the code. In the belief that the most effective schools rend 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 also.

Reviewed on 27th March 2015

Ratified by the Board of Management on 22/06/2015

Signed: _________________________________________ (principal)

Signed: Martin Brennan (chairperson)