Positive Behaviour Policy 2018



Below is a draft copy of the latest Positive Behaviour Policy for public consultation. For a hard copy, or for further information, please contact the school.



Aims and Beliefs

To create a caring environment in which students, staff and parents work together to enable students of all abilities to reach their maximum potential and develop self-esteem, confidence and maturity.



We believe that the life and work of St. Joseph's should be underpinned by the following values:

Respect for individuals.

Recognition for individual contributions.

Integrity and high ethical standards.

Professionalism of staff.

Social responsibility.

Ethos which reflects the Christian teaching and values of the Catholic Church.




We see the school as being:

A Catholic all-ability High School with equal opportunities, where achievement is celebrated at all levels of ability.

Staffed by enthusiastic and committed teachers, who use flexible teaching styles to match the students they are teaching and the work in hand.

Known for excellence in all areas, with each student being encouraged

to achieve his full potential.

Respected by the whole community for its aims and achievements.

Recognised for developing in students those qualities that make good citizens.


School Mission Statement

“To challenge staff and pupils to develop to their potential and make life-long learning the focus within an enjoyable, supportive environment.”


Draft Positive Behaviour policy



The positive behaviour policy at St Joseph’s Boys’ High School provides an agreed course of action amongst teachers, pupils and parents, which promotes effective teaching and learning, the worth and value of each person and respects the rights of all members of the school community. We believe a healthy balance between sanction and rewards is fundamental and encourage everyone to implement the school rules fairly and consistently.

Our aims are:

 To foster good behaviour in a positive way within an environment where our children feel secure and free from emotional and physical harm.

 To enable our children to articulate their fears and concerns and be confident that they will receive a sympathetic and supportive response.

 To create a calm and caring community where teachers teach and children learn.

 To recognise and respect the rights of each member of our school community.



While promoting the rights of each individual it is important that everyone recognises their responsibility in the promotion of a positive behaviour policy.

The agreed rights and responsibilities are summarised as follows:

Rights, roles and responsibilities of the teacher



To be classroom manager.

To deliver the curriculum.

To impart knowledge.

To facilitate learning.

To listen and value pupils contributions.

To address individual needs.

Continuous monitoring and evaluating.

To prepare pupils for adult life.

To promote life long learning.

To be fair and consistent.

To help pupils achieve full potential.

To have pupils’ welfare at heart.

To plan and prepare lessons/be organised.

To instil a love of life long learning.

Always act/behave in a professional way

To promote the Christian ethos of the school.

To treat others with respect.

To be a positive role model.

To promote a safe and caring environment.

To report on area of concern.

To provide support for colleagues.

To keep abreast of legislation.

To set standards of acceptable behaviour.

To model appropriate behaviour.

To manage behaviour in the classroom/school.

To attend lessons punctually.

To assess pupils for improvement.

To report to parents.



To be treated with respect.

To teach in a safe, healthy and secure environment.

Opportunities to develop professionally.


Adequate resourcing.

To be informed and consulted on whole school issues.

To be supported by colleagues.

To be valued and acknowledged.

To be kept well informed regarding social background etc of pupils.


Rights and responsibilities of the pupil



To attend punctually

To come prepared for work—books, equipment.

To listen and co-operate.

To participate to the best of their ability.

To seek appropriate support as necessary.

To focus on work and care for resources.

To complete homework on time and to the best of their ability.

To follow the school rules and to be aware of the consequences of their own actions.

To be polite and pleasant and treat others with respect.

To show respect for self, others and property.

To behave in an exemplary manner.

To report harassment/bullying.

To refrain from abuse—physical, emotional or verbal.



To enjoy these rights pupils must respect the rights of others.

To be treated with respect.

To be taught in a safe, healthy and secure environment.

To be provided with a positive learning and social experience.

Opportunities to develop spiritually, morally, culturally, physically and academically.

To be free from verbal, emotional and physical abuse.

To be valued, listened to and acknowledged.


Rights and responsibilities of the parents

RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE PARENTS—to enjoy these rights parents ensure that:

Their child attends regularly and on time.

Their child obeys the school rules and shows respect for other pupils, school staff and property.

Their child wears the correct school uniform.

They treat school staff with respect.

They provide the necessary equipment etc and oversee homework.

They make an appointment when they wish to meet a member of staff.

They tell the school promptly of any concern about their child.

They respond quickly to concerns raised by the school.

They attend at least one parent/teacher meeting each year.

They inform school promptly of changes in (a) address, (b) telephone/mobile numbers.




To receive a quality education for their child.

To have their child taught in a warm, welcoming and safe place.

To have their child treated fairly and with respect.

To seek support for their child if he has any problems.

To be responded to sensitively when raising any concerns.

To be told promptly about any concerns.

To be informed about anything which affects their child’s education.


School rules

Learning rule

 We will come to class on time, prepared, equipped and try our best

Talking & listening rule

 We will listen attentively to the teacher and other pupils’ contributions to the lesson and speak respectfully at all times.

Safe treatment rule

 We will respect and care for ourselves, others and all school property

Safe movement rule

 We walk on the left when moving around the school and remaining quiet line up outside the classroom.

Uniform rule

 We will wear our full uniform and take pride in our appearance


Pupil dress code

‘We want our students to wear their school uniform with pride and to project a positive image of themselves and of our school to members of the wider community’



Complete school uniform must be worn to school each day as outlined in our Code of Conduct guidance to parents’.

School uniform;

 School blazer with St Joseph’s Boys’ High School crest

 School tie: junior or senior tie

 White shirt

 Black trousers

 Pullover, green with red stripe and crest

 Black shoes

 School coat



In the interest of health and safety no jewellery except a watch



Hair must be neat at all time.



School shoes must be BLACK in colour. Parents should ensure that footwear is appropriate for all weather conditions.


PE Uniform

 School crested jersey

 School shorts

 School socks

 Swimwear and towel.

 School Bag ( optional )

 Tracksuit ( optional)


Mobile Phones

Mobile Phones may be brought to school provided they are turned off when students are on school premises. However for reasons relating to Child Protection and Health and Safety mobile phones will be confiscated by any member of staff if this rule is breached. Only a Parent/Guardian will have the mobile phone returned to them.




In St Joseph’s Boys’ High School we prefer to use preventative rather than reactive strategies

•Creating/maintain relationships

•parent interviews

•Praise/ proximity praise



•Active learning activities

•Class layout

Student Support Officer

•Form Teacher Yellow Card

•Year Head Blue Card




Some of the strategies staff may use to prevent or deescalate potential behaviour incidents are listed below

Behaviours to be corrected by relevant members of staff

Staff are to deal with student behaviour at the different stages outlined below by using a range of strategies from Good Practice Guidelines/ SEN /Code of Conduct and by support from colleagues.







Detention policy


Detention will take place every Tuesday 3.00pm to 4.00pm .

The Form Teacher will issue a detention letter notifying parent/guardian when d- merits for pupils within his/her form class are accumulated via SIMs. This detention letter is posted.

10 demerits is the significant trigger for detention but a Form Teacher may inform a parent/guardian once a number of demerits have been recorded for a specific pupil. Intervention at this stage may prevent further demerits for that pupil.

The Form Teacher may use his/her discretion to review sanctions or strategies if the demerits are only assigned to a particular pupil because of problems linked to completing/doing Homework.

5 disruptive demerits is the significant trigger for a detention to be issued by a Form Teacher

The letter for detention is signed by the Principal and posted by the office staff. Such letters should give sufficient advanced notice to parent/guardian of the detention date, in-order that travel/collection arrangements can be put in place by parent/guardian

In the event of a student missing a detention his detention will be moved to the next detention day.

In the event of a pupil repeatedly refusing to attend a detention, a meeting will be set up with Year Head/Senior Leader and parent/guardian to address this matter.

In the event should a significant single behavioural incident takes place, a Year Head/Head of Department/Senior Leader/Principal may issue a detention

Similar notification arrangements as outlined above, for such a detention will be followed.

Pupils who are late on 3 occasions to school for Registration in the same week will be placed on Detention by Year Head.

Pupils will be noted as “late” only if they do not present themselves at all during registration.

Pupils may only be marked as / or N for morning registration.

Involving Parents

Parents are encouraged to take an active part in St Joseph’s Boys’ High School. We believe that it is essential to establish trusting relationships with all parents so that we can work together in partnership to teach all pupils positive behaviour.

Procedures in Place when there is Concern about a Pupil’s Behaviour

If there is concern about a pupil’s behaviour his parents/guardians will be invited to talk to the Class Teacher if concern is within a particular subject. If there is concern about a pupil’s behaviour his parents/guardians will be invited to talk to the Form Teacher if the behavioural concern is across several subjects.

This will allow the teacher to find out if there are any factors that might be affecting the pupil. The teacher will then discuss how school and home might help the pupil to improve their behaviour. This might involve extra encouragement or periodic contact with parents to monitor progress.

As deemed appropriate there will be support provided by the Student Support Officer

It is hoped that all pupils will make progress but sometimes the concerning behaviour continues and more support is required. Further action might involve working with other professionals.

A behaviour plan and/ or risk assessment may be drafted with targets agreed with parents and the pupil.

At this stage a pupil is placed on the Behaviour Management Stage 1 Yellow Card( Form Teacher card) when targets are monitored on a class by class basis.

After an agreed period (up to 10days) the Yellow Card will be reviewed and if there has been progress the child might cease being on the card, with informal monitoring by the Form Teacher

However should the original incident require Year Head involvement the pupil may be placed on a Behaviour Management Stage 2 Year Head Card( Blue Card) .

Should the monitoring of the pupil behaviour via Yellow Card remain unresolved. Year Head will issue a Year Head Card ( Blue Card) to monitor behaviour.

If progress has been limited, a referral might be made to a specialist support or to the Behaviour Management with parental consent. (stage 3)

In very exceptional circumstances a pupil might be excluded from school temporarily or permanently. This will be carried out in line with the Suspensions and Expulsions Policy. The education welfare service will be asked to support the pupil and their parents and a return to school will be negotiated with support if considered necessary.

Review and evaluation

Other Forms of Support



Additional support will be available from various outside agencies including;

 Behaviour Support Team. Martina Coogan

 Student Support Officer: Martin McGreevy

 School Counselling Service Nuala Woods

 The Education Psychology Service Tracey Cunningham

 The Educational Welfare Service



 Youth Service

 Mood Matters

 Rainbow Community

 Voluntary Youth Service

 Respect

 Scocial Services





Student Support Officer : Martin McGreevy : Monday– Friday 8.30am-4.30pm


Training Needs

Staff have attended SIMs training and behaviour management training to support the Positive Behaviour Policy. Staff have received Positive behaviour management training from the Behaviour Support Team and Child Protection .Training.



The effectiveness of the policy will be measured by;

 The majority of behavioural issues are resolved at class teacher stage;

 Successful intervention strategies at each stage of Behaviour Management leading to an improvement in behaviour.

 Increase in rewards and merits being awarded.

 Increase in attendance percentage.



This policy has been written and agreed by all St Joseph’s staff and assisted by the SELB Behaviour Support Team. It will be reviewed regularly in response to on-going advice and training. It will form part of the school’s overall Pastoral Care Policy.


Links with other school policies

It should be noted that this positive behaviour policy should not be viewed in isolation or as a stand-alone document. To be truly effective, it should link with the following school policies including:

 Anti Bullying

 Child Protection

 Drugs/Substance Abuse

 Pastoral Care

 Special Educational Needs

 Complaints Policy

 Relationships & Sexuality Policy

 Internet and Responsible use of Multimedia

 Every school a good School

Signed _____________________Principal

Date ____________________

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20 Armagh Road
BT35 6DH
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Email: info@stjosephhigh.newry.ni.sch.uk

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