code of behaviour

St. Aidan’s S.N.S Code of Behaviour

List of Contents

  • Code of Behaviour
  • General Information   Page 3 - 6
  • Programme of support for pupils presenting with challenging behaviour
  • Rewards, sanctions and general reminders
  • General School Rules   Page 7-8
  • Reward System    Page 9
  • Sports & Clubs    Page 10
  • List of Minor Incidents    Page 11
  • Report Folder    Pages 12-13
  • Suspension     Pages 14-22
  • Expulsion    Pages 23-31
  • Reduced Day & Anti Bullying Code     Page 32
  • Detention Policy & Mobile Phones     Page 33
  • Health and Safety (Wearing of Jewellery)    Page 34
  • Forms for Recording Code of Behaviour Breaches    Pages 35-40


Code of Behaviour

This policy, in accordance with the provisions of the education Act (1998) and the Education welfare Act (2000), details the procedures for dealing with discipline matters that may arise while your child is attending St. Aidan’s S.N.S. We trust that by detailing these procedures, it will assist all parties in relation to discipline matters. The Chairperson / Principal will be happy to clarify any matters arising from this policy, should it be required. St Aidan’s S.N.S. is a Primary School Under the Patronage of the Catholic Archbishop of Dublin.


General Information

Name of School:         St. Aidan’s S.N.S

Address:                     Brookfield, Tallaght, Dublin 24.

Telephone:                 (01) 4511055 / (01) 4596016

Fax Number:              (01) 4511055

Principal:                    Mr. Tomás Hayes

Chairperson B.O.M:  Mr. Thomas Flynn

No of Teachers:         27

                                    1          Principal

                                    15        Mainstream teachers

                                    1          Special Class Teachers

                                    7          Special Education /Resource Teachers

                                    1          Home / School / Community Liaison Teacher

                                    1          Support Teacher

                                    1          English Language Support Teacher

Special Needs Assistants: 10


Programme of Support for Pupils Presenting with Challenging Behaviou

  • Children identified on transferring from St. Brigid’s to St. Aidan’s

 – Psychological reports and other passed on with consent of parents.

  • Meeting between support teachers (St. Aidan’s and St. Brigid’s), Home school liaison teachers, school counsellor and outside agencies

 (Barnardos, Lucena) to ascertain specific ongoing needs of the child.

  • Summary report listing the types of intervention required, behaviour, social, other, the duration, people involved and the proposed outcomes. Referrals to outside agencies.
  • Timetable reflecting a balance in the pupil’s daily routine between class work and the supports put in place.
  • Weekly meetings reporting to principal and H.S.C.L officer and reviewing programmes put in place by school counsellor, support teacher, project worker and other. Meetings take place each Wednesday morning at 10.15am in principal’s office.
  • Referrals to H.S.C.L to develop home-school links.
  • Pupils encouraged to participate in schools D.F.L. (Discipline For Learning), school sporting activities.
  • Targeted behaviour programme for ‘ at risk’ pupils managed by school care team – support teacher, counsellor project worker and stream discipline teachers.
  • Weekly lunch clubs when specific targets achieved.
  • Regular meetings with parents and outside agencies involved.
  • Termly reminder of class and school rules.
  • Trips outside school to places of high interest, social, cultural, sporting and other.
  • Individual visits by parents to participate/view certain programmes. Parents welcome with prior appointment.
  • End of year review to formulate guidelines to accommodate future challenges.
  • Continuum of support


Rewards, Sanctions and General Reminders


  • 3 Stamps Daily
  • Being on time
  • Full uniform
  • Homework completed and signed
  • Reward Postcards – posted home fortnightly.


  • Detention: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays
  • Little break 3rd /4th
  • Big break 5th / 6th
  • 5 Minor incidents – 1 days detention
  • 5 Yard ticks – 1 days detention
  • 1 serious incident – 1 days detention

Parents notified by phone call from office after each of above

  • Names for detention to be placed in pouch outside Ms Ni Almhain office before 10am
  • Pupils who are late place journals on teachers desk – late twice without a note may not attend assembly, late three times with a note may not attend weekly assembly
  • Uniforms: no uniform on Friday, may not attend assembly with / without a note.


  • Announcements 9am, 12:40pm and 2:15pm
  • No pupils in strong room – Key with Tomás, John, Marie and Fran
  • Mobile phones sent to office – only parents can collect. If teacher alerted then phone still sent to office but pupil can collect after school
  • Children who receive knocks to the head during breaks must be immediately sent to office and accompanied by S.N.A. / Teacher . Phone call should be made home and/or note in journal to alert parents
  • Pupils leaving school early must be signed out by parent / guardian. Alert Principal if same pupils collected early on a regular basis.


  • Junior Yard - There are 2 teachers on the junior yard. Each has a copy to record incidents. Pupils full name to be recorded after each incident. At the end of both breaks an overseeing teacher will allocate points to the best class for lining up. The class with the most points at the end of each week will receive 10 minutes extra play time.
  • Senior Yard - There are 2 teachers on duty in the senior yard, one is responsible for the tarmac and the other for the field – Copies colour coded to distinguish field from tarmac. Full names of pupils and account of incident to be recorded. At the end of both breaks two overseeing teachers will allocate points to the best class for lining up. The class with the most points at the end of each week will receive 10 minutes extra play time.
  • Teacher, SNA’s wear high visibility jackets and positioned in different parts of the yard to monitor behaviour.
  • Wet Days- Rossfield Corridor - One teacher monitors class rooms on Rossfield corridor. ( The other with a coloured striped copy goes to Glenshane corridor) .
  • Glenshane corridor - Two teachers on Glenshane corridor - One from senior yard and one from junior yard.
  • Swiftbrook corridor – One teacher.

All of above dependent on SNA allocation.

  • Yard Injuries – All injuries to be recorded in yard copies. Pupils who receive head injuries to be accompanied by SNA or teacher to the office for first aid. Parents to be contacted immediately.
  • Toilets – Children are encouraged to use the toilet before going to yard. Where exceptions have to be made names are recorded in the yard copy.
  • Serious incident: each serious incident recorded on senior yard by yard supervising teacher and passed to class teacher. Senior incident report forms at rear of yard book.


General School Rules

  1. Respectful behaviour is expected from pupils at all times.
  2. Each pupil has the right to an education free from fear and intimidation. Bullying is not tolerated.  Please refer to section on Anti-bullying code.
  3. Classes commence at 8.50.am. All pupils are expected to be punctual.  Absences and unpunctuality must be explained with a written note in the pupil’s journal or a telephone call to the school from parents/guardians. Pupils who are late twice or more in any one week may not attend assembly.
  4. Golden rules - 6 rules applicable to all pupils in the school with the aim of encouraging good behaviour.
  5. Pupils are required to wear the school uniform and have a school bag every day. Pupils not wearing school uniform/tracksuit may not attend weekly assembly.
  6. Parents/Guardians are required to sign homework journals every night.
  7. Under no circumstances may any pupil leave the school Buildings or Grounds without permission during the school day. All persons visiting the school, collecting children etc., are asked to report on arrival to the school secretary’s office.  No person should approach any classroom without first reporting to the school secretary.  This policy is enforced in the interests of maintaining the safety of all our pupils.   Should you request a meeting with a member of staff we ask that you make an appointment with the school secretary.  Parents are requested to sign out pupils for dental, hospital or other appointments.
  8. If your child is well enough to come to school he or she should be well enough to go to the yard - exceptional cases may be allowed to stay inside. If in the opinion of the school your child is not well you may be asked to come and collect him/her.  Should parents/guardians request that their son/daughter go home unaccompanied the school secretary will sign him or her out on their behalf.  This is on the understanding that once pupils leave the school parents/guardians are solely responsible.
  9. Supervision is from 8.50 a.m to 2.30 p.m Monday to Friday.  Pupils are not allowed on the school grounds before or after school hours unless under supervision.  Pupils should   assemble at the school gates no earlier than 8:40 A.M.
  10. For safety purposes tied laced runners are required for P.E. classes.
  11. Daily lunches are provided in school consisting of sandwiches, wraps, scones, pasta, fruit, healthy snacks, milk and water.  Snacks high in sugar content are not permitted. 
  12. All pupils should have a small hand towel for use in school.
  13. Notes to the teacher can be written in the pupil’s journal. Notes of a private nature should be sent in a sealed envelope to the teacher.
  14. Text a parent will be used in the event of an emergency. Please keep contact telephone numbers up to date by contacting school secretary.
  15. Homework and the amount of time pupils should be spending on homework is as follows.
    •  3rd  class pupils -  no more than 30 minutes.
    •  4th   class pupils -  no more than 40 minutes.
    •  5th  class pupils -  no more than 50 minutes.
    •  6th  class pupils -  no more than 1 hour. 
    • If your child fails to complete the homework assignments within the recommended time span, parents/ guardians are advised to stop the child.  If the problem continues on a regular basis Parents/guardians are requested to contact the class teacher.  Homework should be completed in an atmosphere free from distraction and pupils are encouraged to work independently on their homework as far as possible.  
  16. School rules apply on all school related activities. (School outings, Matches etc.)
  17. Make-up and high shoes/boots are not allowed to be worn in school. The children should only wear appropriate jewellery.  Please refer to section on Jewellery.
  18. Pupils are not allowed to bring deodorants or perfumes into school, on school trips or swimming.
  19. Pupils with long hair must have their hair tied back with a bobbin or hair band.  Hair should be of natural colour and normal length.  Children’s hair should be checked regularly for head lice.     
  20. Mobile phones are not permitted in school. Please refer to section on mobiles phones.
  21. Pupils who repeatedly challenge the school Code of Behaviour while in school will not be permitted to partake in extra curricular activities outside of school hours.


Reward System

We in St. Aidan’s put a greater emphasis on rewards rather than on sanctions, in the belief that this will, in the long run, give the best results. All efforts will be made to match the curriculum to the abilities, aptitudes and interests of each pupil in our school. The following are some of the awards that your child or child’s class could win.

  • Weekly individual class prizes for the most improved pupil in each class
  •  Homework Pass, badge, stickers, Bookmark, Friday afternoon golden time, cookery class
  • No entries in yard copy – 4 Stamps Monthly
  • Reward postcards: posted home fortnightly for pupils excelling in class
  • Pupil of the Year Award – (Perpetual Cup & Voucher)
  • Sports person of the Year Award – (Perpetual Cup & Voucher)
  • Bronze, Silver, Gold Medals for Stamp Book. (Three daily stamps plus one at teacher’s discretion. Stamps are awarded for
  • Being on time. Class Teacher
  • Wearing full uniform.
  • Homework completed and signed. (Resource/Special class teacher)
  • No homework at weekends
  • Weekly stamps for full attendance


Sports and Clubs

Pupils are encouraged to participate in the activities listed below to develop their talents, be it sporting or other and to improve social skills and self esteem.

  • Sports: Football: Boys and Girls, Camogie, Hurling, Soccer, Swimming, Basketball and Athletics.
  • Clubs: Morning, lunch and after school. Homework clubs(x3); chess, cookery, art and book club.
  • Indoor activities during lunch times under teachers supervision
  • School Choir: National Children’s Choir.
    • Córfhéile.
  • External Coaching: Soccer ( Shamrock Rovers) , Rugby ( I.R.F.U.); Boxing, (IABA); G.A.A (St Marks); Dance.
  • School Garden: Supported by S.D.C.C.
  •  Green Schools: 100% recycling.

The above activities take place before, during and after school hours under teacher supervision.

  • Student Council
  •  Yellow Flag Committee


List of Minor Incidents

  1.  Homework not done.
  2.  No Uniform-No Note
  3. Journal not signed.
  1. Repeated back answering.
  2. Throwing objects around classroom that could result in injury to others.
  3. Lying to a member of staff.
  4. Ignoring teacher’s instructions
  5. Verbal abuse – student to student.
  6. Constant disruption to learning.
  7. Eating chewing gum.
  8. Bad Language



Report Folder

  1. Homework not done 3 times in one week
  2. Uniform - no note 3 times.
  3. Journal - not signed 3 times
  4. Repeated back answering
  5. Throwing objects around classroom that could result in injury to others.
  6. Thumping / Kicking / Stricking.
  7. Telling lies
  8. Vandalism of teacher’s property.
  9. Verbal abuse - student to student.
  10. Physical abuse student to student or threatening physical abuse.
  11. Bringing outside arguments into school.
  12. Constant disruption to learning.
  13. Eating chewing gum.
  14. Lighting matches.
  15. Entering school after school hours with malicious intent.
  16. Leaving yard / class without permission.
  17. Throwing stones in yard.
  18. Kicking footballs at someone deliberately.
  19. Fighting after school.
  20. Persistent infringement of general school rules. (Record to be kept by teachers, five minor incidents resulting in one entry in report copy).
  21. Bringing dangerous items / substances to school – knives, lighters, matches or aerosols.
  22. Students who threaten ‘To Get’ another student after school or referring to another pupil as a RAT
  23. Repeatedly addressing class teacher disrespectfully.
  24. Students who repeatedly refuse (3 times) to carry out teacher’s instructions either on yard or in classroom e.g. “I’ve asked you twice to ............................ I’m now going to ask you a 3rd Should you disobey my instructions for a third time I’ve no other option but to record your name in the Report Copy. Take a minute to think about the consequences before I ask you a third time”. If a child deliberately ignores / walks away from a staff member, they will receive two days detention.
  25. Racially motivated name calling or intimidating behaviour that may offend or cause serious upset to another pupil. Each incident recorded in the racist incident report form. (refer Anti – Racism Policy)
  26. 5 recorded yard incidents.
  29. Taking pictures on mobile phones during school hours – Parent / Guardian of child responsible to be immediately contacted.


Children who leave school without permission

 Parents immediately contacted. If unable to do so within a reasonable time Gardai alerted.                                                                                                                                            No adult to physically restrain or prevent a child from leaving.                                                            No adult to follow the child.                                                                           

Sanction – 2 days suspension.



 “Suspension is defined as requiring the student to absent himself/herself from the school for a specified, limited period of school days. During the period of suspension the student retains their place in the school”.

 The Principal will enforce an immediate suspension where,

  1. A pupil’s whose continued presence in the school at a given time would represent a serious threat to the safety of the school community.
  2.  An aggressive, threatening or violent act towards a pupil, staff member or visitor has taken place.

In extreme cases of A&B above a parent may be contacted to collect their son or daughter. If unavailable to do so the pupil may be accompanied home with parental consent.

  1. A pupil is responsible for serious damage to school property.
  2. A pupil has been responsible for a breach of


( See accompanying page of specified named behaviours)

  1. A pupil who repeatedly fails to abide by

STEPS AND CONSEQUENCES GUIDELINES drawn up to deal with misbehaviour.

(see accompanying page of steps and consequence guidelines)

Fair procedure of investigation will apply to all of the above.


Named Behaviours

  1. Cursing at teacher. (2/3 Days suspension and an apology to staff member).
  1. (2/3 Days suspension).
  1. Serious threatening behaviour towards another student or students, to teachers, staff and visitors. (Contact with Parents / Guardians, sent home if they are deemed to be a danger or threat to themselves or others.) (2/3 days suspension).
  1. Throwing Tantrums. (Contact with Parents / Guardians, sent home if necessary).
  1. Smoking (Immediate Suspension) – (3 days suspension).
  1. Bringing illegal substances into school grounds / premises (Minimum 5 days suspension and the guards will be informed). See substance abuse policy.
  1. Nuisance calls to staff members (3 days suspension).
  1. Violation of the person e.g. inappropriate touches, interference with clothing / underwear. (Minimum 3 days suspension).
  1. Children who leave school premises without permission (Minimum 2 day’s suspension).
  1. A particularly violent fighting incident (2/3 days suspension).
  1. Dangerous weapon on person (2/3 days suspension).
  1. Racially motivated physical attack on another pupil or pupils.                (2/3 days suspension).


Steps and Consequences

Guidelines When Dealing with Misbehaviour

Steps and Consequences Guidelines When Dealing With Misbehaviour

  • These steps will be followed when dealing with serious incidents.
  • Five minor incidents will be considered one serious incident.
  • Each serious incident will bring the pupil to the next step.

Steps And Consequences 

  1. A note will be sent home in the child’s journal indicating each serious incident. School secretary to phone home informing parents about note in journal re. serious incident.
  1. A second note will be sent home in the child’s journal indicating second serious incident. School secretary to phone home informing parents about note in journal re. serious incident.
  1. A third note will be sent home in the child’s journal indicating third serious incident. Parents will be requested to meet with class teacher.
  1. Following a further serious incident (fourth), parents / guardians will meet with the class teacher and the stream teacher in charge of discipline and issue final warning. The child may be present for part of the meeting.
  1. Parents/ guardians and child will meet with the principal to sign a contract. This is an agreement that the child will commit to improving his /her behaviour. The consequences of breaching the “contract form” will be explained to the student. If a student keeps himself / herself out of the report folder for 4 weeks he / she will return to step 3.
  1. (Refer to section on suspension)
  1. Reduce Day. (refer to section on reduced day)

Pupils that have served a suspension and continue to breach school ‘code of behaviour,’ will receive one verbal warning only, followed by re-signing a contract form. Any further report folder recorded serious incident will result in another suspension.


Implementing the Suspension

Parents /Guardians to receive notification of the decision to suspend.

The letter will confirm:

  • The period of the suspension and the dates on which the suspension will begin and end
  • The reasons for the suspension
  • Any study programme to be followed
  • The arrangements for returning to school,
  • Pupil to be accompanied by parent/ guardian.
  • Study programme to be completed.
  • Any commitments to be entered into by the student and the parents ( for example, parents might be asked to reaffirm their commitment to the code of behaviour)
  • The provision for an appeal to the Board of Management
  • The right to appeal to the Secretary General of the Department of Education and Science (Education Act 1998, section 29) (Only in the event of the pupil being suspended in excess of 20 days).

The letter will be clear and easy to understand. Particular care will be taken in communicating with parents who may have reading difficulties, or whose first language is not the language of the school.


After Suspension / Re – integration of Student

  • Parents /Guardians meet with Principal and/or stream Discipline Teacher
  • Study programme followed during suspension to be corrected
  • Parents and son/daughter are requested to reaffirm their commitment to schools code of behaviour
  • Stream Discipline Teacher to provide support to the student during the re-integration process


Records and reports

  • Class behaviour and report folders consulted    Yes              No
  • Factors to consider prior to suspension form completed   Yes              No
  • O.M. informed and reasons and duration of suspension outlined  Yes               No
  • NEWB Informed   Yes                No

Factors To Consider Prior To Suspension Form 

Teacher/ Teachers completing this form: _________________ 

Pupils Name:  _____________ Class: ____________    Date: _________


The Nature and Seriousness of the Behaviour


  • What is the precise description of the behaviour? ________________________________________________________________________         
  • How persistent has the unacceptable behaviour been?

Daily                           Weekly                       Constant                       Once Off

  • Has the problem behaviour escalated, in spite of the interventions tried?    

 Yes             No                 Elaborate: ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________


The Context of the Problem


  • What are the circumstances of the incidents of serious misbehaviour

 (e.g. in class, in a particular class, in the yard, in a group)?




  • What factors may have triggered incidents of serious misbehaviour

(e.g. bullying, cultural or family factors)?


  • What is the age, stage of development and cognitive ability of the student?



  • Are there any factors that may be associated with the behaviour

(e.g. particular home circumstances, special needs)?______________________________________________________________________________________


The Impact of the Behaviour

  • How are other students and staff affected by the student’s behaviour?

  (In Class, P.E, Yard, Other)



  • What is the impact of the behaviour on the teaching and learning of the class?

Seriously Disruptive                   Disruptive              Not Disruptive


  • Does the behaviour have a particular or greater impact on some students or teachers?    Yes                        No


  • Does the student understand the impact of their behaviour on others?    Yes                  No


The Interventions Tried to Date


  • What interventions have been tried? Over what period?

Project Worker              Support Teacher            School Counsellor 

(Home School Community, Liaison Service)

Period of Intervention: _____________________________________________________

  • Have the interventions been recorded and monitored?     Yes           No


  • Are the interventions successful?     Yes                  No                   Please elaborate



  • Have the parents been involved in finding a solution to the problem behaviour?     Yes         No
  • Has the Intervention of NEPS or other psychological assessment or counselling been sought, where appropriate?      Yes                No

Please specify: ___________________________________________________________


  • Are any other interventions such as peer mediation, restorative justice approaches or family conferencing been tried?



  • Is the student or parent involved with any support service and has this agency or support service been asked for help in solving this problem?

Support Service:


  • Has any other agency been asked for assistance (e.g. Child Guidance Clinic, Child and Adolescent Services?)  



Parents and Kids Together


Tallaght Youth Service           

Matetricks (CDI   

Acorn Parent Coaching



Whether Suspension is a Proportionate Response

Whether Suspension Is A Proportionate Response

  • Does the student’s behaviour warrant suspension? Yes                  No
  • Is the standard being applied to judging the behaviour the same as the standard applied to the behaviour of any other student?  Yes                No


The Possible Impact of Suspension

  • Will Suspension allow additional or alternative interventions to be made?


  • Will suspension help the student to change the inappropriate behaviour?   Yes             No
  • How will suspension help teachers or other students affected by the behaviour?

Please Outline: ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

  • Will suspension exacerbate any educational vulnerability of the student?  Yes           No 
  • Will the child attend school support while on suspension?

Special/ Resource Teacher                             School Support Teacher

 School Counsellor


Duration and Dates of Suspension


  • Duration   ________________     Days

Dates:                          To

    /     /

    /     /



Procedures in Respect of Suspension

Where an Allegation of Misbehaviour has been Reported


  • The principal and their parents will be informed in writing about the alleged complaint and that it could result in suspension.
  • The letter will also contain details about how the alleged complaint will be investigated and by whom.
  • The pupil and their parents will be invited to a meeting to give their side of the story and to ask questions about the evidence of alleged serious misbehaviour. This meeting gives the parents the opportunity for lessening the sanction and for the school to explore with parents how best to address the student’s behaviour.
  • If a pupil and their parents fail to attend a meeting, the principal will write a further letter advising of the gravity of the situation, the importance of attending a re-scheduled meeting and failing that, the duty of the school authorities to make a decision to respond to the negative behaviour.
  • Where parents do not agree to meet with the principal written notification will serve as a notice to impose a suspension.
  • In circumstances of particular complexity school authorities may need to seek legal advice to support their decision making.
  • Where an allegation of serious damage to school property has been reported the J.L.O of An Garda Siochana will be informed.


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A pupil may be expelled from St. Aidan’s when the Board of Management decides to permanently exclude him of her from the school, having complied with the provision of section 24 of the Education (Welfare) Act 2000.


The Grounds for Expulsion

Expelling a student requires serious grounds such as that:

  • The student’s behaviour is a persistent cause of significant disruption to the learning of others or to the teaching process
  • The student’s continued presence in the school constitutes a real and significant threat to safety.
  • The student is responsible for serious damage to property.

In addition to factors such as the degree of seriousness and the persistence of the behaviour, St. Aidan’s and the B.O.M. will have tried a series of other interventions, and believe they have exhausted all possibilities for changing the student’s behaviour.


Named Behaviours that will incur Expulsion as a Sanction


  • A serious threat of violence against another student or member of staff.
  • Actual violence or physical assault and repeated incidents of the latter.
  • Supplying illegal drugs to other students in the school.
  • Sexual assault.
  • Repeated racially motivated physical attacks on another pupil or pupils.


Factors To Consider Prior To Expulsion Form

 Teacher/ Teachers completing this form: _________________

 Pupils Name:  _____________ Class: ____________    Date: _________


The Nature and Seriousness of the behaviour


  • What is the precise description of the behaviour? ________________________________________________________________________          
  • How persistent has the unacceptable behaviour been?

Daily                           Weekly                       Constant                       Once Off

  • Has the problem behaviour escalated, in spite of the interventions tried?    

 Yes             No                 Elaborate: ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________


The Context of the Problem


  • What are the circumstances of the incidents of serious misbehaviour

 (e.g. in class, in a particular class, in the yard, in a group)?




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