Positive Behaviour Policy



  1. To create an ordered school community that is based on Christian principles and values and in the context of our integrated ethos.
  2. To promote among pupils, self-discipline and proper regard for authority
  3. To develop in pupils, self-confidence, independence and self esteem
  4. To encourage good behaviour on the part of pupils
  5. To help children to respect themselves and each other and the environment
  6. To develop in pupils personal and social skills
  7. To promote close links between home, school and community
  8. To develop a positive attitude towards respect for other people’s property
  9. To regulate the conduct of erring pupils having positive regard for his/her respect and self esteem


  • Our motto ‘Learning Together’ sets out our vision for the school. We meet the needs of all our children with empathy, enthusiasm and skill.
  • The holistic development of each child is our priority as we aim to develop creative young thinkers who have an enthusiastic approach to learning.

In practical terms this demands commitment and diligence on the part of teachers to foster effective discipline and Pastoral Care by establishing good relationships within the classroom and the school to:

  • Develop positive attitudes
  • Acknowledge the worth of each child
  • Provide a moral code and sense of value


The school community includes…

  • Parents
  • Pupils
  • Teachers
  • Senior Leadership
  • Ancillary Staff (Classroom Assistants, Secretary, Cleaner, Building Supervisor, Kitchen Staff, Supervisory Assistants)
  • Board of Governors
  • Outside Agencies
  • Wider Community

All contribute to the promotion of an effective approach to positive discipline in an ordered school community through the close involvement and commitment to a shared educational task with:

  1. A sense of responsibility
  2. Co-operation
  3. Effective communication
  4. Realistic expectations
  5. Respect for one another
  6. A sense of feeling valued
  7. Genuine forgiveness


Each pupil in Carnlough CIPS is an important human person entrusted to us by parents and society and worthy of unconditional respect for his/her dignity


Every teacher in our school is an important human person and a professional, entrusted with the education and care of our children and serving the support and respect of parents, school management and society.  The Principal and teaching staff have the central role in implementing the policy of Carnlough CIPS.  Consistent action by all the staff will be required to make the policy effective.


The primary right and obligation to educate young people belongs to their parents.  In choosing Carnlough CIPS, parents subscribe to its philosophy.  Parents are encouraged to exercise their right and obligation by…

  • Giving the school their trust and co-operation
  • Ensuring that their children respect, obey and co-operate with the teachers
  • Supporting the varied activities of school life
  • Taking responsibility in collaboration with others in the school community for the quality of education and character of the school


To ensure pupil rights are promoted and respected:

Teachers will encourage pupils in the classroom by…

  1. allocating individual responsibilities
  2. praising pupils for positive behaviour
  3. developing an attitude of mutual respect and care for each other, their environment and the learning process

Pupils will be rewarded for good behaviour including…

  1. Helpful, respectful and caring attitude and behaviour to staff and to other pupils
  2. Helpful, respectful and caring attitude to property
  3. Dedication and willingness to participate fully in all classroom activities
  4. Punctuality, attendance and homework
  5. Initiative in any area of school life


Rules are drawn up to ensure that pupil rights are protected.
In the Classroom
Within each class, together, pupils and teacher devise a Class Charter/Class Rules in collaboration to

  1. Ensure everyone can learn and have fun in a safe and respectful environment
  2. Promote a feeling of belonging to a group
  3. Encourage pupils to be co-operative and considerate


  • Within the building – Walk
  • Stand back and show consideration to others

In the Playground

  1. Move with caution having regard for safety at all times
  2. Listen to the Teacher/Supervisory Assistant in charge
  3. Avoid climbing
  4. Line up quietly in the middle room
  5. Show respect to the equipment provided
  6. Ensure everyone has a happy playtime

In the Dining Hall

  1. Listen to the Teacher/Supervisory Assistants
  2. Speak quietly and respectfully
  3. Tidy up after eating
  4. Remember the dining hall rules to earn reward of ‘golden banquet’

Leaving the School Grounds During School Hours

Once a pupil comes to school, he/she stays on the premises until home time or until collected from inside the school, where there is

  • Specific written permission is given to leave early for a medical appointment


  • Arrangements have been made because of illness or accident

To and From School

At the end of the school day, pupils are expected to

  1. Vacate the building quietly and with care
  2. Line up inside the school gate and await to be discharged by the a Teacher
  3. Listen carefully and follow the instructions of the School Crossing Patrol

Rewards and Sanctions

In addition to Class Charters/rules, teacher and pupils draw up a reward system that is inclusive and encourages responsible and positive behaviour.

Teachers will…

  • Refer to the Class Charter/Rules and Rewards Systems
  • Use positive language
  • Be reasonable, firm and fair
  • Give positive praise and encouragement
  • Set tasks to ensure success is experienced
  • Respond at the time of good/poor behaviour

All Carnlough CIPS Staff will…

  • Observe for examples of positive behaviour and reward individual examples by recoding in the Sunshine book. This is read out at a special Sunshine Assembly at the end of every month, children receive certificates and are placed in the monthly newsletter.

The Principal will become involved when there is….

  • Exceptionally praiseworthy behaviour
  • A serious ‘one-off’ breach
  • Continual disruption

She may employ

  • Sanctions from the Class
  • Issue specific work or tasks designed to help the pupil think about their actions

Involvement of Parent/Guardians
In consultation with the class teacher the Principal will decide when it is appropriate to invite the parent to discuss behaviour e.g.

  • After a serious ‘one-off’ breach
  • Continual disruption
  • Sudden changes in behavioural patterns

Suspension of Pupils

Follow EA guidance.