Sanctions are used in a corrective way and are intended to help the child to change and improve his or her behavioural patterns. The nature of the misbehaviour and the age of the child will determine the strategy to be employed. 

Disciplinary Actions and Sanctions to deal with Bullying:
This document must be read in association with our Anti-Bullying policy.
Bullying is a serious misdemeanour and the sanctions applied are the same as those listed below for serious misdemeanours.
  • Apology to the victim
  • A record is kept. Pupil/s write an account of the incident/s that lead to the Bullying behaviour and what they have learned from this episode in their lives – parents must sign this.
  • Pupils may be removed from activity if endangering self or others.
  • Pupil is sent to Principal/Deputy Principal and made aware that suspension could be a possibility
  • In cases where it has been determined that bullying behaviour has occurred the Principal/Deputy Principal informs parents.
  • Suspension procedures may follow if deemed necessary by the school authorities.
Disciplinary Actions and Sanctions to deal with Misdemeanours:
The degree of misdemeanours i.e. minor, serious or gross, will be judged by the teachers and/or Principal based on a common sense approach with regard to the gravity/frequency of such misdemeanours.

Examples of Minor Misdemeanours:

Interrupting class work/ arriving late for school/ running in school building/not listening and speaking out of turn/leaving seat without permission at break or lunch time/ placing unfinished food in bins/ leaving litter around school/ not wearing correct uniform/ being discourteous or unmannerly/ not completing homework without good reason/ bringing sweets and bars to school/ wearing jewellery ( Jewellery is not allowed except for one small stud earring in the bottom of each ear and a watch)/ wearing make-up / belongings not named/ unsuitable hairstyles, hair not tied back / not bringing explanation notes for absences and homework/ wearing unsuitable shoes/ cycling in school grounds

Examples of steps to be taken by teachers when dealing with Minor Misdemeanours
  • The class teacher will normally deal with classroom misdemeanours.
  • Verbal reprimand and reasoning with the pupil, including advice on how to improve, setting realistic targets.
  • Time out from friends and others (to reflect on the misbehaviour).
  • Loss of privileges such as ‘Golden Time’, Game time, extra recreation time etc.
  • Noting incidence of yard misbehaviour in yard book
  • Note in homework journal or other to parents.
Examples of steps to be taken when dealing with REGULAR occurrences of Minor Misdemeanours:
  • A record is kept of regular instances of misdemeanour.
  • Following five instances of misdemeanour the pupil is sent to Principal/Deputy Principal.
  • The child will receive detention (supervised) with written work.
  • Class teacher meets with parent(s)/guardian. Details of all misbehaviour will be given to parents.
Examples of Serious Misdemeanours:
Bullying/ Constantly disruptive in class/ telling lies/stealing/damaging or interfering with another person’s property/back answering a teacher/leaving school premises during school day without appropriate permission/ using or writing unacceptable language/ bringing chewing gum, glass bottles, correction fluids or other solvents to school/ deliberately injuring a fellow pupil or partaking in any activity which would put themselves or others in danger/ deliberately leaving taps on/ misuse of fire equipment/ bringing in mobile phones without permission
Examples of steps to be taken when dealing with Serious Misdemeanours:
  • Pupil is sent to Principal/ Deputy Principal
  • Principal/Deputy Principal contacts parent/guardian
  • Pupils may be removed from activity if endangering self or others
  • The chidl will write an account of what they have done. They may receive deteniton (supervised) with written work. Temporary separation from peers, friends and others may also occur.
  • A record is kept of all serious misdemeanours.
Examples of Gross Misdemeanours:
Deliberately vandalizing school property/ aggressive, insulting, threatening or violent behaviour towards any person. Bringing alcohol, drugs, cigarettes or matches to school.
Examples of steps to be taken when dealing with Gross Misdemeanours:
  • Principal/Deputy Principal contacts parent/guardian immediately and parents will be called to meet the principal in the school.
  • While waiting for the parents'  presence in the school or while the discussion is taking place, the child may be removed from class and placed in another classroom with written work to do. The child writes an account of what happened and how they will behave in the future. The Board of Management has authorised the Chairman or Principal to sanction an immediate suspension following discussion with the parents. If the parents do not attend the meeting, the pupils may be suspended and parents informed by letter.
  • A record is kept of the incident.
  • Suspension or expulsion may be considered

While the Board of Management has the authority to suspend, the Board of Management of Scoil Mhuire has delegated this authority to the principal, for periods of up to three days. The BoM has also authorised the Principal, with the approval of the Chairperson of the Board, to impose a suspension of up to five days in circumstances where a meeting of the Board cannot be convened in a timely fashion. The BoM has placed a ceiling of ten days on any one period of suspension imposed by it.

Immediate Suspension: In exceptional circumstances the Principal may consider an immediate suspension to be necessary, where the continued presence of the student in the school at the time would represent a serious threat to the safety of students or staff of the school, or any other person.

'Automatic Suspension': A Board of Management may decide, as part of the school's policy on sanctions, and followng the consultation process with the Principal, parents, teachers and students, that particular named behaviours incur suspension as a sanction.

The following procedure will be followed in Scoil Mhuire, Roscommon.

  • An investigation of the facts to confirm serious misbehaviour.
  • Parents will be informed by phone or in writing about the incident.
  • Parents will be given an opportunity to respond.

 If suspension is still decided upon

  • The principal will notify the parent in writing of the decision to suspend. The letter will confirm.
    • The period of the suspension and the dates on which the suspension will begin and end.
    • The reasons for the suspension.
    • Any study programme to be followed.
    • The arrangements for returning to school, including any commitments to be entered into by the student and the parents.
    • The provision for appeal to the Board of management
    • The provision for appeal to the Secretary General of the DES. (Only where the total number of days for which the student has been suspended in the current school year reaches 20 days.)
    • Where the cumulative total of days reached 6, the NEWB will be notified.

Records and reports.

Formal written records will be kept of:

  • The investigation (including notes of all interviews held)
  • The decision-making process.
  • The decision and rationale for the decision.
  • The duration of the suspension and any conditions attached to the suspension.



Procedures in respect of expulsion.

  • A detailed investigation carried out under the direction of the principal.
  • A recommendation to the BOM by the principal
  • Consideration by the BOM of the principal’s recommendations and the holding of a hearing.
  • BOM deliberations and actions following the hearing.
  • If BOM is of the opinion that the student will be expelled, the Board must notify the Educational Welfare Officer (EWO) in writing, of its opinion and the reasons for this opinion. The intention to expel a student does not take effect until 20 school days have elapsed after NEWB have received written notification. The NEWB will be notified using a Notice of Intention to Expel form which is available on or from the helpline (1890 36 3666). This form will be completed and sent to School Return Section, National Educational Welfare Board, 16-22 Green St, Dublin 7.
  • Consultations arranged by the EWO.
  • Confirmation of the decision to expel.
A parent may appeal a decision to expel to the Secretary General of the Department of Education and Skills ( Education Act 1998 section 29)


Success Criteria: (by which the policy will be judged)
  • Atmosphere of discipline within the school
  • Children are aware of school rules
  • Staff apply school rules
  • Growth in self discipline
  • Co-operation between parents, teachers and pupils in maintaining the code.
  • Comments or compliments on behaviour.
  • Children working to the best of their ability
  • Class working to the best of their ability
  • Improvements in behaviour
Monitoring and Review:
Each staff member is responsible for the implementation of the Code of Behaviour and Anti-Bullying Policy. Within the classroom the teacher monitors his/her class. Teachers consider themselves responsible for the behaviour of children within sight or sound of them and respond to any instance of unacceptable behaviour. The principal is responsible for monitoring and reviewing Policy at staff level on a regular basis and reports any review the staff deem necessary to the Board of Management.
The Board of Management (BOM) has ultimate responsibility for discipline in the school under its management and a duty to ensure that a fair code of discipline applies therein. The BOM will ensure the Code of Behaviour and Anti-Bullying policy is reviewed yearly or more often if the need arises.
In registering children in Scoil Mhuire Convent of Mercy Primary School parents are expected to support teachers in following the policies and procedures of the school. A copy of all policies and procedures is available on the school website at for view by all parents. Parents are informed at the start of every school year that they may receive a copy of all policies and procedures if they so wish.
December 2010