Positive Behaviour

Introduction

We seem to spend a high percentage of our time discussing a small percentage of our errant pupils. Our revised Code of Behaviour will deal with their misbehaviour while promoting positively their good behaviour. This will involve a significant amount time on the part of Class Teachers, Tutors Year Heads and Deputy Principal/Principal. We wish to focus on the vast majority of our students who rarely get a mention in the staff room yet rarely or never misbehave and work to the best of their ability? More significantly this silent majority do not stop others from being taught. To promote and reward good behaviour teachers are encouraged to avail of the Merit Award scheme.
Procedure
Each staff member may award a set of 3 Merit cards- one Bronze, one Silver and one Gold (Examples are available from Secretary). Please note that the lists below are not exhaustive and all partners in education will be afforded the chance to amend this document.

1. The Bronze merit card is worth 1 merit point. It should be awarded at a teacher’s discretion for any of the following reasons. An obvious improvement in one of our pupil’s
• Behaviour in class, in the school buildings etc
• Punctuality
• Attendance
• Effort at schoolwork
• Effort at team sports
• Effort at extra-curricular activities

2. The Silver merit card is worth 2 merit points. It should be awarded at a teachers’ discretion for any of the following reasons. A significant improvement in one of our pupil’s
• Behaviour in class, in the school buildings etc
• Punctuality
• Attendance
• Effort at schoolwork
• Effort at team sports
• Effort at extra-curricular activities

3. The Gold merit card is worth 3 merits. It should be awarded at a teachers’ discretion for any of the following reasons. A notable improvement in one of our pupil’s
• Behaviour in class, in the school buildings etc
• Punctuality
• Attendance
• Effort at schoolwork
• Effort at team sports
• Effort at extra-curricular activities.

PROCEDURES:
Each merit card refers to one school year. A teacher may award his/her 3 cards at any time in the school year. Theoretically this may mean 54 students being given recognition in a year. Realistically some students will be recognised by more than one teacher therefore we must have a reward system in place to recognise significant improvement in behaviour.
• On receipt of a Merit card the student is advised to give the card to his class tutor as soon as possible.
• Near the end of the school year the Deputy Principal/Principal will collect the cards from each tutor.
• If a student has amassed … points we will reward him with recognition from the following:
• If a student has amassed … points we will reward him with recognition from the following:
• If a student has amassed … points we will reward him with recognition from the following: (SEE LIST BELOW)

There are a number of issues which need to be addressed if our praise and reward systems are to be effective:
• The need for consistency among all the staff of Coláiste Eamann Ris in their use of sanctions and rewards. These merit cards cannot be used as leverage or as a threat
• Regular monitoring of how the system is working, looking at patterns of positive and negative referrals, investigating variation amongst departments/subjects/teachers or stages and taking steps to ensure consistency;
• Avoiding rewards which have a monetary value or which signal that school work is not valued – for example being allowed to arrive late or being excused homework;
• Ensuring that praise is genuine and deserved not routine and meaningless;
• Keeping the system fresh and meaningful – each year with the arrival of a new set of pupils it needs to be reintroduced.
• It is possible that in certain circumstances praise by teachers could have a negative effect. For example, if a child who was perceived by his peers as being a ‘swot’ were to be over-praised this could further isolate him from the group.

In recent years we have incorporated all of the below as ways of rewarding positive behaviour:

• Take a class on a day trip as a reward for punctuality/behaviour. Boys not qualifying being given work to do
• Certificate for achievements/sports/academic/overall improvement
• Certificates /Vouchers especially for good attendance
• Free weekend off homework-each department could give such treats when merited treats
• Constant positive reinforcement in classroom. Year Head to be informed of particular good behaviour. Organisation of field trips/quizzes etc for good class behaviour
• Given school recognition to students who deserved it( published names in local newspaper/newsletter/photographs and school website http://www.cbscallan.org
• Certificates for attendance. Awards for categories (groups) of subjects. Trips to cinema, bowling
• First year award etc throughout the school at Annual Awards Day.
• Bring students on a trip/Book tokens/Certificates
• Parents to be informed by letter of excellent behaviour
• Public acknowledgement of award for excellent attendance annually. Student of the year award for each class annually. An awards ceremony at the end of the school year for the whole school. The 6th year Awards should take place before the collective school body.