Code of Positive Behaviour Policy

O’Connell’s C.B.S. Primary

Code of Positive Behaviour

O’Connell’s Primary C.B.S. Code of Positive Behaviour, Discipline For Learning was originally drawn up by the teaching staff in consultation with parents and the Board of Management.

It is necessary to review the existing policy in order to ensure that it is in accordance with the guidelines “Developing a Code of Behaviour Guidelines for Schools” published by the National Educational Welfare Board 2008 and as required by Section 23 of the Education Welfare Act 2000.

The school’s Code of Positive Behaviour is fundamental in developing the ethos of the school.

We aim to nature each child to develop his potential in a caring environment where the gifts/ talents of each child are valued.

Children can but learn in an environment, which is positive, encouraging, and respectful of each individual. This can only be achieved when there is a high level of respect and cooperation between staff, parents and pupils. It is with the combined efforts of all parties in reinforcing and praising good behaviour and in correcting misbehaviour that we will ensure pupils will be self-disciplined and respectful towards each other and taught in a caring harmonious environment.


  • To allow the school to function in an orderly and harmonious way.
  • To create an atmosphere of respect, tolerance and consideration for others.
  • To promote positive behaviour and self- discipline recognising the differences between children and the need to accommodate these differences.
  • To ensure the safety and well being of all members of the school community.
  • To enhance the learning environment where children can progress in all aspects of their development.
  • To ensure that the system of rules, rewards and sanctions are implemented in a fair and consistent manner.
  • To assist parents and pupils in understanding the system and procedures that form part of the Code of Behaviour and to seek their co-operation in the application of these procedures.


In developing the code consideration has been given to the particular needs and circumstances of our school. O’ Connell’s Primary is a senior boys school in a designated disadvantaged area. We cater for children from second class to sixth class. Children with Special Needs are enrolled in our mainstream classes.

Guidelines for the Code of Positive Behaviour, Discipline for Learning, are as follows:

  • 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.
  • Every effort will be made by all members of staff to adopt a positive approach to the question of behaviour in the school. The code offers a framework within which positive techniques of motivation and encouragement are used by teachers.
  • The school places greater emphasis on rewards than on sanctions in the belief that this will, in the long run, give the best results.
  • The school recognises the variety of differences that exit between children and the need to accommodate these differences.
  • It is agreed that a high standard of behaviour requires a strong sense of community within the school and a high level of cooperation among staff and between staff, pupils and parents.

The following are guidelines regarding behaviour that is expected from pupils:

Ø Each child is expected to be well behaved and to show consideration for other children and adults.

Ø Each child is expected to show respect for the property of the school, other children’s and their own belongings.

Ø Each child is expected to attend school on a regular basis and to be punctual.

Ø Each child is expected to do his best in school and for homework.

While the Support Teacher coordinates and supervises the implementation of the Code of Behaviour, Discipline for Learning, the overall responsibility for discipline within the school rests with the Principal.

Each teacher has responsibility for the maintenance of discipline within his/her classroom while sharing a common responsibility for good order within the school premises.

A pupil will be referred to the principal teacher for serious breaches of discipline and for repeated incidents of minor misbehaviour.

Positive Behaviour Procedures

The following is an outline of the procedures for the classroom, yard and general school environment that set a positive atmosphere in relation to pupil learning, behaviour and achievement.


O’ Connell’s promotes an environment where each pupil is valued and respected. We believe that the most effective schools are those where the parents and staff respect and support each others roles in providing a safe, supportive and secure framework in which learning can occur.