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Code of Discipline

  1. In devising the code consideration has been given to the particular needs and circumstances of the school.  The aim is to ensure that the individuality of each child is accommodated while acknowledging the right of each child to education in a relatively disruption free environment.
  2.  Every effort will be made by all members of the staff to adopt a positive approach to the question of behaviour in the school.  “Mol an óige agus tiocfaidh sí” will be the approach taken.
  3.  The school places greater emphasis on rewards than on sanctions in the belief that this approach will give best results.
  4.  The school recognises the variety of differences that exist between children and the need to accommodate these differences.
  5.  It is agreed that a high standard of behaviour requires a strong sense of community within the school and a high level of cooperation between staff, pupils and parents.
  6.  The rules are being kept to a minimum and are positively stated where possible.
  7.  All efforts will be made to match the curriculum to the abilities, aptitudes and interests of the child.  This will help to keep the children interested in their work.
  8.  The Board of Management has ultimate responsibility for discipline policy in the school.  The BOM must provide a comfortable, safe environment.

The overall responsibility for discipline rests with the principal.  Each teacher has responsibility for the maintenance of discipline within his/her class while sharing a common responsibility for good order within school premises.



To encourage in the children:


  • Respect for themselves and other people:  in the home, at school and in wider community.
  • Respect for the authority of their parents and teachers.
  • Respect for their own and other people’s property.
  • Regard for their appearance.
  • To provide guidance for pupils, teachers and parents on behavioural expectations.
  • To provide for the effective and safe operation of the school.
  • To develop pupils’ self-esteem and to promote positive behaviour.
  • To facilitate the education and development of every child.
  • To foster caring attitudes to one another and to the environment.
  • To enable teachers to teach without disruption.



  • To use every opportunity to motivate the children to live Christian lives and to give them a knowledge and understanding of how Christians live.
  • Encouraging the children through a policy of affirmation and praise.
  • Circle Time will be used to cultivate the ideas of equal responsibility, sharing thoughts and feelings, a sense of belonging to a group they can trust, collective responsibility, self esteem and positive behaviour.
  • The Golden Rules of Circle Time will be prominently displayed in various prominent locations in the school.


These rules are:


DO be gentle, don’t hurt anybody.

DO be kind and helpful, don’t hurt people’s feelings.

DO be honest, don’t cover up the truth.

DO work hard, don’t waste time.

DO look after property, don’t waste or damage things.

DO listen, don’t interrupt.


School Assemblies will be used to affirm the pupil’s achievements and to praise their good behaviour while also reminding them of ways in which they can improve.




Affirming Positive Behaviour

Positive reinforcement of good behaviour leads to better self-discipline and we place a greater emphasis on rewards and incentives than on sanctions.


  • A quiet word or gesture to show approval
  • A comment on a child’s exercise book
  • A visit to another class or Principal for commendation
  • Praise in front of class group
  • Individual class merit awards, points awards or award stamps
  • Delegating some special responsibility or privilege
  • Written or verbal communication with parent


Teachers should have a lively regard for the improvement and general welfare of their pupils and should treat them with kindness combined with firmness.  Ridicule, sarcasm or remarks likely to undermine a pupil’s self confidence should not be used.  Minor breaches of discipline should be dealt with by the class teacher using the following (one or more) strategies:


  • Reasoning with pupil
  • Reprimand (including advice on how to improve)
  • Temporary separation from peers
  • Loss of privileges
  • Detention during breaks
  • Additional work


More serious breaches may necessitate:


  • Communication with parents
  • Referral to Principal
  • Principal communicating with parents
  • Exclusion (suspension or expulsion) from school (in accordance with Rule 130 of the Rules for National Schools as amended by circular and Education Welfare Act 2000)


Pupils will not be deprived of engagement in a curricular area, except on grounds of health/safety.


Sanctions will be applied according to the gravity of the misbehaviour, with due regard to age and emotional/cognitive development.


In the case of gross misbehaviour, where it is necessary to ensure that order and discipline are maintained and to secure the safety of the pupils, the Board my authorise the Chairperson or Principal to sanction an immediate suspension for a period not exceeding three school days, pending a discussion of the matter with the parents.


  • Persistent breaches of discipline should be recorded in the homework diary and signed by parent.
  • Improvement in behaviour should also be recorded in the diary which should be signed by teacher and parent every week.
  • Persistent breaches of discipline should be notified to the principal teacher and a written record of each referral should be kept.  After three such recordings the principal should invite the parents to discuss the problem.  If the matter is still unresolved it should then be brought before the management board as per Section V, Rule 130 for national schools.  Where the Board of Management deems it necessary to exclude a pupil or pupils from the school, the maximum initial period of such exclusion will be three school days.


In the event of serious disruption in any classroom or in the playground the matter should be brought to the attention of the principal immediately, who should then notify the chairperson of the board of management if necessary.


Removal of Suspension (Reinstatement)

Following or during a period of suspension, the parent/s may apply to have the pupil reinstated to the school.  The parent/s must give a satisfactory undertaking that a suspended pupil will behave in accordance with the school code and the Principal must be satisfied that the pupil’s reinstatement will not constitute a risk to the pupil’s own safety or that of the other pupils or staff.  The Principal may facilitate the preparation of a behaviour plan for the pupil if required and will re-admit the pupil formally to class.



Bullying is repeated verbal, psychological or physical aggression by an individual or group against others.  Bullying will not be tolerated and parents will be expected to cooperate with the school at all times in dealing with instances of bullying in accordance with the school’s Anti-Bullying Policy.



Discipline in the playground

  • Children are not allowed to play at the front of the school.
  • Teacher will use a yard notebook to record serious incidents of misbehaviour and injuries to pupils.
  • Rough or dangerous play is not allowed.  Pupils must play safely at all times.  Anti-social, dangerous or hurtful behaviour is forbidden.
  • No playing ball is allowed on the tarmac area during break times when the field is out of bounds.
  • The yard may be divided as and when required.
  • Pupils may not leave the yard without a teacher’s or SNA’s permission.


Injury in the yard

  • Minor injuries are dealt with by the teacher on the spot.
  • Minor cuts and scrapes are treated by the teacher on yard duty or the school secretary.  The First Aid boxes for this purpose will be kept in the photocopying room.  Serious injuries are reported to the staff room.
  • Children are not allowed to administer First Aid.
  • Injuries suffered at home are not treated in school.
  • When children leave the school for sporting events the First Aid box should accompany them.


Returning to Class room

  • Children are not allowed into the school during break times without the permission of the teacher on yard duty.
  • When the bell rings pupils must form orderly lines and wait for instructions from their teacher.
  • Running and overtaking are not allowed in corridors.
  • Children should yield right of way to each other and to teachers when opening doors.


Lining up

  • Classes will be trained to form orderly straight lines.



  • Create an attitude of respect for the classroom and everything in it.
  • Have an orderly procedure for entering the classroom and for the hanging of coats.  Where possible each child should be given a hanger number.
  • No child is allowed to interfere with the teacher’s desk except with the permission of the teacher.
  • Children will be trained to respect the books and equipment that they use and to replace them carefully after use.
  • Children should travel to and from the classroom in pairs.
  • No child should remain unsupervised in the classroom after the teacher leaves, at break times or after school.
  • Children should leave the classroom in an orderly fashion, under supervision of the teacher.
  • Children need teacher’s permission to re-enter after school.
  • Instructions given by teacher must be obeyed.
  • Pupils should work to the best of their ability and present exercises neatly.



  • A regular check should be kept on the condition of the toilets.  Any problems should be reported immediately.
  • Teacher should check that nobody is left in the toilets at lunch time.
  • The school caretaker should check the toilets on a regular basis.


The School Hall

  • The noise level should be kept as low as possible to avoid disturbing neighbouring classes.
  • Train children to turn off the lights when leaving.



  • No running or overtaking.


Visiting Classrooms

  • Knock, enter and approach the teacher.  Say “Gabh mo leithscéal” and state your business.
  • When leaving, close the door quietly.
  • Pupils may remain seated when other teachers visit their classroom and should greet the teacher if it’s the first visit of the day.


Before/After School

Parents are reminded that the staff of the school do not accept responsibility for pupils before official opening time of 9.20 a.m. or after the official closing time of 2.00 p.m. (infants) and 3.00 p.m. (other classes) except where pupils are engaged in an extra-curricular activity organised by the school and approved by the Board of Management.  Pupils involved in such activities are expected to behave in accordance with school behaviour policy during these times.













Child’s Name _______________________________________




I have been given a copy of the Code of Behaviour and School Disciplinary Policy of Kilrane National School.


I have read and understood the policy and will co-operate with the Code and the Discipline Policy of the School.






Mother:  _________________________    Date:  __________



Father:     _________________________    Date:  __________



Ratification and Review

This policy was reviewed by the Board of Management on the 28th September 2016.

It was ratified by the Board of Management on 28th September 2016.


Signed: Diarmuid Desmond ___________________________ Chairperson, BOM


Review Date: 

October 2019


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