Code of Behaviour

Code of Behaviour Saint Luke's National School



This Code of Behaviour has been drawn up in accordance with the school ethos. It was prepared by the Board of Management which is ultimately responsible for conduct and discipline in the school, in consultation with Teachers and Parents.



1. To create an atmosphere in which effective teaching and effective learning can take place


2. To help pupils become more self-disciplined, and to encourage good standards of behaviour at home, at school and locally, based on consideration, respect and tolerance for others.


3. To maintain good order and safety throughout the day, including break times.


4. To develop respect for school buildings, all school property and the school environment


To achieve these aims, a Code of Behaviour is needed which reinforces good behaviour and provides sanctions for pupils who do not abide by the code.


In devising the Code, consideration has been given to the particular needs and circumstances of this school. The aims are to ensure the individuality of each pupil is accommodated while acknowledging the right of all children to education in a relatively disruption-free environment. Each pupil is expected to attend school on a regular basis, to be punctual and to do his/her best in school and for homework.


The management and teaching staff encourage positive re-enforcement and encouragement for all children who make a genuine effort to keep school rules and guidelines.


1. Children are praised orally or by written comment.


2. Children are complimented in class or sent to another class to display work well done.


3. Children are given small prizes/extra P.E. time/ art time/exemption from homework etc.


4. Younger children are given stars/stickers /pupil of the week notices.


5. Each week teachers select a 'student of the week' and a 'class of the week'. They receive a certificate signed by the Principal and have their photos displayed on the lobby notice board. The class receives a small treat.


An opportunity is provided towards the end of the 1st term for a Parent/Teacher meeting to discuss child's progress and development and informs parents of their child's progress.


An End of Year Report informs parents of their child's progress and it includes a self-evaluation from the child and its purpose is to encourage and direct the child if necessary and spur him/her on to greater effort.



Sanctions are used sparingly: e.g. where child is disruptive /interfering with others' work, underachieving because of time wasting/ failing to complete homework on regular basis or infringing yard rules. Impoliteness or lack of respect for teaching or other staff also calls for sanctions - the latter to be administered according to the gravity of the misdemeanour.


Discipline Hierarchies/Steps


Step 1: Verbal Warning e.g. talking out of turn, shouting


Step 2: Time out in class (continuing with class work) 5 - 10 minutes at teacher's discretion


Step 3: Time out in Yard - 5 minutes. Name on laminated sheet


Step 4: Yellow card/out of class. Student Behaviour Reflection Form (SBRF) filled out by child in another classroom and signed by parent/guardian. Yellow SBRF to be kept on file in the office. Children will be warned that a Red Card will follow if behaviour deteriorates


Step 5: Red card will be given if behaviour continues. Parents/Guardians meet with teacher and Principal to discuss incident/s of child's behaviour while child continues with class work in another class for the remainder of that day.

After resolution with parent/guardian the class teacher writes a daily report in the Homework Journal, of child's progress (for the duration of 1 week) for parent/guardian to read.


Straight to Yellow Card Behaviour

Aggressive threatening behaviour, aggressive physical contact


Teachers may also use their discretion to give out yellow and red cards when they feel the behaviour of a child warrants such sanctions


Three Yellow Cards = Red Card


Extreme Sanctions - e.g. Suspension

These sanctions would only be used - with the approval of the Board of Management - and as a last resort, after having had resort to all the above steps.



The decision to suspend can be delegated to the Principal by the Board of Management. Serious grounds for suspension are the following:


" The student's behaviour has had a seriously detrimental effect on the education of other students


" The student's continued presence in the school at this time constitutes a threat to safety


" The student is responsible for serious damage to property


Ref: Developing a Code of Behaviour - Guidelines for Schools (National Educational Welfare Board)



Every effort will be made by all members of staff to adopt a positive approach to the question of behaviour in school and to achieve this end a high level of co-operation among staff, parents and pupils is necessary.