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  • Staffing - I.N.T.O
    e the school will continue to be entitled to a concessionary post above that warranted by the mainstream staffing schedule Interim Arrangements An amalgamated school is considered to be a new school and will be assigned a new roll number A new board of management will also be established Pending the establishment of the new board usually from the beginning of the school year the Department of Education and Skills will recognise temporarily an individual manager nominated by the patron of the school The manager oversees the arrangements for the amalgamation and makes arrangements for the appointment of the principal teacher Seniority The board of management of the amalgamated school should define the seniority of all the teachers involved in the amalgamation Where a teacher has given service continuously in one or more of the schools being amalgamated the aggregate of that service will be reckoned in determining seniority Addendum to the Panel Various panels exist which provide a mechanism to redeploy permanent teachers whose posts are suppressed due to declining enrolments When the post of a teacher is suppressed in an amalgamated school the teacher most junior in the order of seniority will be entitled to have her his name placed on the addendum to the panel providing that s he was serving in one of the schools at the time of the amalgamation The difference between the addendum to the panel and the main panel is that a teacher with addendum panel rights is not obliged to accept a post outside a radius of 24 km 15 miles from her his existing school Generally a radius of 45km 28 miles applies In addition teachers who are required to move to another school will carry their addendum panel rights with them to the school in which they are placed from the panel and will retain these rights until they move from their new school voluntarily Privileged Assistants Where two schools are being amalgamated the principal of the amalgamated school is appointed from among the principals of the schools being amalgamated The former principal who does not become principal of the amalgamated school is known as a privileged assistant Where more than two schools are amalgamated it is possible to have two or more privileged assistants in the newly amalgamated school A privileged assistant is retained in the newly amalgamated school irrespective of enrolment Privileged assistants will retain for the remainder of their teaching careers the level of principal s allowance appropriate to their former school unless they are appointed to a post of responsibility carrying a higher allowance Promoted Posts in an Amalgamated School The text below is taken from Circular 07 03 Appointments to Posts of Responsibility The following regulations apply for schools which amalgamated with effect from 1 September 2002 There is no blocking of posts of responsibility in schools with up to 5 ex principals i e privileged assistants deputy principals vice principals One post will be blocked where there are 6 ex principals deputy principals

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  • Codes of Behaviour - I.N.T.O
    before a student may be suspended or expelled from the school concerned The grounds for removing a suspension imposed in relation to a student The procedures to be followed relating to notification of a child s absence from school Section 23 of the Act further states that 3 A code of behaviour shall be prepared in accordance with such guidelines as may following consultation by the Board with national associations of parents recognised school management organisations and trade unions and staff associations representing teachers be issued by the Board 4 The principal of a recognised school shall before registering a child as a student at that school in accordance with section 20 provide the parents of such child with a copy of the code of behaviour in respect of the school and may as a condition of so registering such child require his or her parents to confirm in writing that the code of behaviour so provided is acceptable to them and that they shall make all reasonable efforts to ensure compliance with such code by the child 5 The principal of a recognised school shall on a request being made by a student registered at the school or a parent of such a student provide the student or parent as the case may be with a copy of the code of behaviour in respect of the school concerned In May 2008 the NEWB published Developing a Code of Behaviour Guidelines for Schools A copy was sent to each school and it is also available to download from the link above These Guidelines which were developed by an expert group established by the Board were published following a wide range on inputs from management bodies teacher unions parent organisations students the DES and many other bodies The Guidelines set out

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  • Suspension/Expulsion - I.N.T.O
    The principles of fair procedure always apply but the degree of formality required will depend on the gravity of the alleged misbehavour and the seriousness of the possible sanction Procedures must be fair and be seen to be fair The need for confidentiality and timeliness in dealing with suspension and expulsion are also set out Suspension See Chapter 11 of the Guidelines The board of management of a school has the authority to suspend Where this authority is delegated to the principal it should be done formally and in writing Suspension should be a proportionate response to the behaviour that is causing concern Normally other interventions will have been tried before suspension and the school staff should have reviewed why these interventions have not worked However a single incident of misconduct may be grounds for suspension A decision to suspend a student requires that The student and parents are informed of the complaint and Parents and students are given an opportunity to respond A student should not be suspended for more than three days except in exceptional circumstances where the principal considers that it is warranted to achieve a particular objective Where a suspension longer than three days is being proposed by the principal the matter should be referred to the board A board of management may wish to authorise 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 subject to the guidance concerning such suspensions The board should normally place a ceiling of 10 days on any one period of suspension imposed by it Pupils should not be suspended for an indefinite period Schools should notify the parents and the student of decisions

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  • Managing Children's Behaviour - I.N.T.O
    of the Rules for National Schools as amended by Circular 7 88 2 Teachers should have a lively regard for the improvement and general welfare of their pupils treat them with kindness combined with firmness and should aim at governing them through their affections and reason and not by harshness and severity Ridicule sarcasm or remarks likely to undermine a pupil s self confidence should not be used in any circumstances 3 The use of corporal punishment is forbidden 4 Any teacher who contravenes sections 2 and 3 of this Rule will be regarded as guilty of conduct unbefitting a teacher and will be subject to severe disciplinary action While Rule 130 has been superseded by Developing a Code of Behaviour Guidelines for Schools insofar as it applies to matters dealt with in the Guidelines the above sections remain relevant It is acknowledged that despite the best efforts of schools inappropriate behaviour happens and that even minor breaches of the Code of Behaviour can be disruptive particularly if they are persistent Chapter 8 of Developing a Code of Behaviour Guidelines for Schools outlines a problem solving approach to addressing inappropriate behaviour including a whole school strategies clearly defined roles and responsibilities and the use of sanctions Schools should determine what sanctions to use Examples of appropriate sanctions include Verbal reprimand Removal from the group class Withdrawal of privileges Withdrawal from the particular lesson or peer group Carrying out a useful task in the school Detention Formal report to the board of management If detention is used in the school this should be made clear in the written Code of Behaviour Parents should have adequate notice of detention Inappropriate sanctions include Physical punishment or the threat of physical punishment physical chastisement of a student is illegal under section 24 of the

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  • Countering Bullying Behaviour - I.N.T.O
    restore as far as is practicable the relationships of the parties involved rather than to apportion blame In any case where it has been determined by a teacher that bullying behaviour has occurred the parents of the parties involved should be contacted at an early stage to inform them of the matter and explain the actions being taken by reference to the school policy The teacher must keep appropriate written records which will assist his her efforts to resolve the issues and restore as far as is practicable the relationships of the parties involved In cases where he she considers that the bullying behaviour has not been adequately and appropriately addressed within 20 school days after he she has determined that bullying behaviour occurred or where the school has decided as part of its anti bullying policy that in certain circumstances bullying behaviour must be recorded and reported the relevant teacher must record the bullying behaviour in the standardised recording template at Appendix 3 of the Procedures and a copy must be provided to the Principal or Deputy Principal as applicable The procedures include oversight arrangements which require that at least once in every school term the Principal will provide a report to the Board of Management setting out the overall number of bullying cases reported by means of the bullying recording template in Appendix 3 to the Principal or Deputy Principal since the previous report to the Board and confirmation that all of these cases have been or are being dealt with in accordance with the school s anti bullying policy and the Anti Bullying Procedures for Primary and Post Primary schools The Board of Management must undertake an annual review of the school s anti bullying policy and its implementation by the school Dealing with Allegations of Bullying Behaviour The primary aim for the relevant teacher in investigating and dealing with bullying is to resolve any issues and to restore as far as is practicable the relationships of the parties involved rather than to apportion blame In investigating and dealing with bullying the teacher will exercise his her professional judgement to determine whether bullying has occurred and how best the situation might be resolved All reports including anonymous reports of bullying must be investigated and dealt with by the relevant teacher In that way pupils will gain confidence in telling The procedures state that parents and pupils are required to co operate with any investigation and assist the school in resolving any issues and restoring as far as is practicable the relationships of the parties involved as quickly as possible Teachers should take a calm unemotional problem solving approach when dealing with incidents of alleged bullying behaviour reported by pupils staff or parents Incidents are generally best investigated outside the classroom situation to ensure the privacy of all involved All interviews should be conducted with sensitivity and with due regard to the rights of all pupils concerned Pupils who are not directly involved can also provide very useful

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  • Assaults On Teachers - I.N.T.O
    reports to the authorities in relation to incidents which occur Violence harassment or assaults may also constitute criminal offences under the Non Fatal Offences Against the Person Act 1997 which states that 2 1 A person shall be guilty of the offence of assault who without lawful excuse intentionally or recklessly a directly or indirectly applies force to or causes an impact on the body of another or b causes another to believe on reasonable grounds that he or she is likely immediately to be subjected to any such force or impact without the consent of the other In cases where a criminal assault is suspected the matter should be reported to the Gardaí It must be borne in mind that an assault on an employee by a primary school pupil is unlikely to be classed as a criminal assault as the criminal age of responsibility is 12 A growing body of research indicates that verbal and physical attacks on teachers are on the increase When they occur the impact on the individual teacher can be profound An INTO survey 2012 found that 20 of principals and 18 of teachers reported that they had been the subject of a physical assault 54 of principals and 39 of teachers had experienced verbal assault Most physical assaults were by pupils and most verbal assaults were carried out by adults OSHA has outlined the consequences of violence at work which include For the individual physical harm stress emotional trauma feelings of powerlessness demotivation For the employer organisation higher staff turnover increased absenteeism and sickness absence higher insurance costs 2 In the INTO survey 2012 noted above teachers noted an increase in anxiety and stress as a result of assaults as well as absence from work and having to seek medical advice DES Circular 40 97 Assaults on Teachers Circular 40 97 emphasises the necessity to create and maintain a culture where acts of violence are not tolerated and where incidents when they do occur are effectively and speedily dealt with Creating such a climate requires the cooperation of the whole community However where in a minority of cases parents do not abide by the agreed procedures the circular offers little practical assistance in how to proceed Circular 40 97 focuses on The board s duty to provide a safe place of work for employees Measures to be taken to prevent or minimise the risk of assaults to teachers or other staff employed in schools Measures to be taken in support of staff who have been assaulted or threatened with assault and ensuring that appropriate action is taken to safeguard against a recurrence Where an assault occurs the following steps as outlined in Circular 40 97 should be taken i The incident should be immediately reported to the principal teacher other colleague The details of the incident should be recorded in an Incident Book kept for this purpose in the workplace Situations in which members have been intimidated or threatened with physical violence should

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  • Constitution of Boards and Rules of Procedure - I.N.T.O
    2011 pdf 362 kb Issued September 2011 This document can be downloaded by section below Circular 0064 2011 pdf 116 kb Election of New Boards of Management of Primary Schools September 2011 Chapter 1 pdf 67 kb General Chapter 2 pdf 69 kb Definitions Chapter 3 pdf 78 kb Constitution of Boards of Management Chapter 4 pdf 73 kb Procedure for the election and nomination of members of Boards of Management Chapter 5 pdf 66 kb Position in the event of failure to nominate the extra members as provided for under 3 a v and 3 b iv of this document Chapter 6 pdf 66 kb Non eligibility Chapter 7 pdf 85 kb Term of office dissolution of Board removal of members cessation of membership Chapter 8 pdf 63 kb Confidentiality Chapter 9 pdf 63 kb Board Communications Transparency Chapter 10 pdf 68 kb The Chairperson Chapter 11 pdf 76 kb The Secretary Chapter 12 pdf 70 kb The Treasurer Chapter 13 pdf 73 kb Procedure for Board meetings Chapter 14 pdf 63 kb Responsibilities of the Board to the Patron the Trustees and the Department Chapter 15 pdf 62 kb Disclosure of interest integrity of Board proceedings Chapter 16 pdf 63 kb Correspondence Chapter 17 pdf 63 kb Access to the School Chapter 18 pdf 66 kb Use of the school premises Chapter 19 pdf 78 kb Finance Chapter 20 pdf 66 kb Appointment procedures for teachers special needs assistants SNAs Chapter 21 pdf 66 kb Appointment of all employees of the Board of Management Chapter 22 pdf 69 kb Change of staff form Chapter 23 pdf 62 kb Online Claim System OLCS Appendix A pdf 63 kb Procedure for the nomination election of a person who will be nominated to the Patron for appointment as a teacher nominee

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  • Constitution of Board - I.N.T.O
    of children enrolled in the school one being a mother the other a father elected by the general body of parents of children enrolled in the school iii The Principal Teacher or Acting Principal Teacher of the school 13 iv One other serving teacher on the staff of the school elected by vote of the teaching staff which includes the Principal Teacher v Two extra members proposed by those nominees described at i iv above acting in accordance with the process set out at Appendix C Note To ensure the widest possible representation where practicable parents elected to the Board should be from separate families and bear no relationship to any other member of the Board parents of children enrolled in the school should not be nominated or elected to the Board other than in accordance with ii above the members from the community selected in accordance with Appendix C should be independent of the other categories of persons set out at i to iv above It is also a requirement that a person other than the Principal Teacher or where it arises the elected teacher nominee who is employed for the purposes of the school may not be appointed to nor be a member of the Board of Management b For schools having a recognised staff of one teacher the Board of Management shall comprise the following i One direct nominee of the Patron ii The Principal of the school iii One parent elected from parents of pupils enrolled in the school elected by the general body of parents of children enrolled in the school iv One extra member proposed by those nominees described at i iii above acting in accordance with the process set out in Appendix C Note To ensure the widest possible representation where practicable the

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