Together as governors, staff, parents, the local Church and community: “Inspired by our faith in Christ, as a Catholic school, we will provide a happy, secure, caring, well resourced and stimulating learning environment. We will support and enable our children to realise and achieve their potential. We will empower them to be caring, responsible individuals, contributors to their community, capable of independent thought and well equipped to meet the opportunities/challenges of education, work and life.” We believe the school is a vital part of our community. We want our school to be a secure and caring environment where each child will be encouraged to fulfil his/her intellectual, spiritual, physical, social, aesthetic and emotional potential. We believe example of positive behaviour sets standards and expectations. We believe the self discipline and behaviour of all school staff, together with the co-operation of parents are the two most important ingredients in promoting positive behaviour in our school. Good discipline is the responsibility of all school staff. It is important rules promoting positive behaviour are created and clearly understood by pupils, parents and staff. The importance of applying these consistently throughout the school is vital. Teachers must have parental support in this, as in all other areas of work carried out in Edendork P.S, since ultimately it is the children who will benefit from the quality of education delivered. We are firmly committed to: • the aims of Catholic Education. • providing effective education for all our children including individuals with special needs. • developing positive pastoral care systems in our school. • promoting close links with the home, school, the parish and the wider community. Edendork Primary School seeks to provide an educational experience, centred on Christ, his values and his gospel messages so that each child grows and learns in a strong Christian faith. We promote a positive behaviour policy where good behaviour is recognised and awarded, the pupils self confidence and self esteem are promoted, individuals are encouraged to value one another and there is a sense of belonging to the school as a community. “In Edendork Primary School we are all friends who play, work and learn together so that Edendork Primary School will be a memorable stepping stone through life’s journey.”

Aims of our Positive Behaviour Policy

To fulfil our Mission Statement the aims of our Positive Behaviour Policy will be:

1. To create a safe, secure, happy and caring environment for all members of the school community maximising the potential of learning and teaching which, can occur.

2. To foster mutual respect with and between all members of the school community and promote good relationships throughout the school.

3. To foster and nurture the gifts of our staff and pupils.

4. To welcome all new pupils and staff as valued members of the school community.

5. To encourage and promote personal development, self-discipline, self-respect, self- worth, a positive attitude and a growth mindset.
6. To foster attitudes of tolerance and honesty encouraging each child to take responsibility for his/her decisions, his/her actions and the consequences of these actions.

7. To promote the rights of the individual.

8. To develop in the pupils a sense of responsibility towards society and the preservation of the environment.

Behaviour in Our School

This Positive Behaviour/Discipline Policy is intended to ensure that in Edendork P.S. the pupils' learning environment is as free from disruption as possible. It is based on a sense of community within the school and values which all of our members share. All parties involved in the school community exercise commitment to the school in terms of positive behaviour or good discipline.

The teachers endeavour to have high expectations of their pupils, have appropriate differentiation and provide a challenging, broad curriculum. We encourage our pupils to adopt a “growth mindset” approach to their learning i.e. seeing mistakes as an opportunity to learn.

Various programmes and initiatives promote a sense of self- esteem and self-respect, respect for others and allow pupils to show pride in their school, parish and community. The 'family ethos' is very much promoted which fosters a sense of togetherness and cohesiveness among all school members.

All members of our school staff have an enormous role to play, in the formation and implementation of our school discipline policy.

"Good behaviour keeps pupils safe, reduces stress for teachers and contributes to a welcoming and caring environment in which pupils can develop as people and both pupils and teachers can do their best work" (Promoting Positive Behaviour 2001 -DENI)

An agreed code of conduct exists with and between all members of Edendork Primary School’s community whereby we expect all our school community to act in a positive and caring way towards each other.

Pupils have an entitlement to be educated in an environment which is safe, caring and respectful of their individual needs. They have a responsibility to treat all other pupils, teachers and other staff with respect. They have a responsibility to refrain from engaging in bullying behaviour and to report it if they are aware of it occurring.

“Parents are the first educators of their children and it is in the home that respect for others and the basis of self-discipline are acquired” (DENI Promoting & Sustaining Good Behaviour – discipline strategy for schools: June 2015)

Parents have an entitlement to expect that their child will be educated in an environment which is safe, caring and respectful of their child’s individual needs. Parents have a responsibility to ensure that their child co-operates with teachers, other staff and other pupils. They have a responsibility to inform the school of any incidents of bullying which they are aware of.

Teachers and other staff:
Teachers and other adults in the school community have an entitlement to work in an environment which is characterised by respect and caring for all. Teachers and other adults in the school community have a responsibility to contribute to the creation of such an environment and to work for the well being of all pupils.

To support their children in developing a growth mindset, parents should praise and value their children’s efforts and present them with opportunities of self correction and persistence. Parents should:
• read, get to know and support the Edendork P.S. Positive Behaviour Policy. This is presented in the school website with a paper copy presented annually in the Parents Information Booklet.

• encourage their children to obey the school’s rules and to show respect for other pupils, school staff and property.

• make sure their children have all they need for school and have completed their homework.

• respond quickly to concerns raised by the school.

• make every effort to come to parent-teacher meetings and parent workshops.

• take part in the life of Edendork Primary School.

• treat school staff with the respect they would expect to receive themselves.

• tell the school promptly of any concern about their children.
(adopted from DENI ‘Good Behaviour at School: April 2008)

As pupils in Edendork Primary School, we will try to:-

• come to school each day and arrive punctually.

• always wear full school uniform.

• come to school with all we need and our homework completed to the best of our ability.

• begin our school day with prayer.

• say ‘Grace’ before and after meals.

• work as hard as we can in class and see mistakes as opportunities to learn.

• never leave school without permission from teacher or Principal.

• walk in the school building and walk quietly in the corridor at all times, particularly during class times.

• be polite, show respect and kindness at all times to all pupils, all members of staff and visitors to the school.

• respect the right of other pupils to learn and the teachers’ duty to teach.

• show respect and care towards school property and take responsibility for our own belongings.

• keep the school litter-free.

• use the internet safely, effectively and appropriately.

• always leave the toilets as we would like to find them.

• always wash our hands after we go to the toilet.

Dining Hall Rules

• line up carefully and respectfully to receive dinner.

• tell the dinner ladies your choice of dinner and dessert.

• show appreciation to the kitchen staff & supervisors.

• keep dining hall area clean and tidy.

• speak quietly to your friend/neighbour.

• when food eg. soup, is being served at the table, remain seated.

• use knife and fork appropriately.

• always walk in the dining room during lunch time and sit appropriately on your seat.

• eat a healthy lunch.
Playground Rules

• behave safely at break times and always be mindful of others feelings.

• always eat a healthy break.

• always wear a coat in cold or wet weather.

• do not move out of the yard unless permission has been given.

• avoid grass, tyres and stoned areas on wet days.

• respect the school property including play equipment.

• play games fairly and safely together treating others with respect.

• include others who would like to be part of your game.

• ensure there are no more than 8 children in either the ‘Large Equipment Area’/Tyres.

• avoid hitting or bumping into anyone.

• avoid pushing and pulling other children.

• always call children by their Christian names only.

• only play with playground equipment in your allocated time.

• allow prefects to distribute and return playground equipment safely.

• use the toilets and water fountains when/if necessary, as appropriate.

• always act on the supervisors/classroom assistants advice.

• avoid the basketball court and handball area when a game is in progress.

• seek assistance from the appointed Playground Buddies or Prefects, if needed.

Large Equipment & Tyres
• ensure there are no more than 8 children in the ‘Large Equipment Area’/ Tyres at any one time.
• always check height against marked ‘Maximum Allowance’ on the climbing frame.

• ensure we are wearing appropriate footwear.

Bus Rules
• always wear the safety belt provided.

• always be seated when the bus is moving.

• respect the bus drivers wishes/instructions.

• listen to and follow instructions from the appointed P.7 prefects and elected School Councillors.

The staff of Edendork Primary School actively promote good behaviour through:

• presenting children with a preventative curriculum which develops respect and empathy for others. As a Catholic school this is integral to all aspects of school life with specific issued addressed during Religion, PDMU and Circle Time lessons.

• praise by teacher/ancillary for effort.

• class mechanisms such as token charts, stickers/stars, praise notes etc.

• golden time.

• written comments in books including homework books.

• display of work.

• annual reports.

• parent teacher interviews: formal & informal.

• assembly praise including incidental prizes issued.

• merit awards including monthly golden certificates.

• school prize giving.

• certificates from Principal: Best Boy/Girl of the Week. End of year trip to the cinema.

• pupils allocated responsibility eg. Playground Buddies; School Prefects; School Council & Eco Club.

• acknowledgements in the child’s homework book.

• creating shared class charter/rules.

• appoint school prefects to model and praise good behaviour.

• making explicit what is safe and acceptable use of the internet and what is not.

• ensuring children know why there are rules for making safe use of the internet.

• recognition of children’s individuality and the importance of self-esteem.

• encouraging pupils to develop a growth mindset.

• restorative discussions which use positive language to communicate.

What happened?

Why did it happen?

How did I make others feel?

What could I have done differently?

Outline of Consequences of Undesired Behaviour

In accordance with legislation (SENDO), sanctions imposed are dictated by individual need. At Edendork, we classify unacceptable behaviour into 3 levels.

Level 1 Misbehaviour that can be effectively managed within the classroom environment by the teacher. Sanctions used are at the discretion of the teacher. Use of reasonable force may be used as circumstances dictate.

Level 2 More serious or persistence of Level 1 is not easily managed within a classroom environment. Class teacher may involve the parents, either formally or informally. Notification of other staff may take place. Referral to higher management level may also take place. Detention through depriving a child of certain privileges may be also be used as a sanction.

Level 3 Very serious misbehaviour or persistence of Level 2. Formal involvement of Senior Management within the school and parents will take place. Additionally the involvement of outside agencies may be sought.


The legal responsibility for producing schemes for suspension, which in severe cases may
lead to expulsion, lies with the CCMS. For any suspension to occur the Principal must notify
the local Diocesan Administrator of CCMS and the Chairperson of the Board of Governors.
Hopefully, with the mutual support and co-operation that exists between staff and parents
in Edendork P.S., such a situation will not arise.

Positive Behaviour/Discipline Policy and Parental Links

The support and co-operation of parents is a very important element in achieving the aims of our positive behaviour policy. Parents need to be aware that they share a responsibility towards meeting these aims.

We regard parents as the primary educators of their children and therefore very important stakeholders of the school. In our active partnership with them, we maintain high standards of pupil attendance, wearing school uniform, caring of school resources and supervision of homework. It is clearly understood by parents that acceptance of admission to Edendork P.S. includes acceptance of the school’s Positive Behaviour Policy which outlines rules of discipline.

Opportunities to build parental involvement are promoted through our rewards system e.g. written communications (reports, letters, homework books etc.), by their child achieving certificates or prizes, trips, face to face meetings at formal Parents' evenings and arranged interviews.

Questionnaires and meetings will help us to determine any parental concerns which may arise throughout the school year.

Policy Review
Governors, all staff, parents and pupils have been consulted with regards to this Positive Behaviour/Discipline policy and practice. This policy takes account of current needs and is reflected in current practice. Its continued effectiveness and application will be considered by the staff of Edendork P.S. annually.

Discussion and audits of the policy will involve parents and pupils through Circle Time and questionnaires. The findings may in turn help to amend the policy in future where or if appropriate.

Newcomer Pupils:
A generic copy of key messages conveyed in this policy is available in the home language of newcomer pupils.

This policy supports and complements a range of other / regional policies and guidance including: Anti- Bullying; Child Protection; Use of Reasonable Force/ Safe Handling; Special Educational Needs; eSafety; Attendance; Homework, Staff Code of Conduct.
These policies are available to parents and any parent wishing a copy should contact the school.

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