Information for Parents

TCS Code of Behaviour

TCS Code of Behaviour (Revised 2017-18)


The Code of Behaviour is grounded in the Mission Statement of Tallaght Community School which states:
Tallaght Community School is a partnership of students, staff, parents/guardians, Board of Management and our local community. Our mission is to promote and foster a sense of mutual respect within this community.
We aim to develop each person’s academic, physical, moral, cultural and spiritual potential by providing a broad-based education in a safe and supportive environment.

The school has developed this Code of Behaviour in collaboration with students, teachers, and parents, in order to:
* create a positive, orderly an structured atmosphere where teaching, learning and personal development may occur
* create a safe and healthy environment for students and staff
* encourage students to take a personal responsibility for their learning and behaviour
* create a comfortable environment by identifying and supporting good behaviour while also identifying, recording and supporting means of correcting misbehaviour
* encourage a structure of effective communications between home and the school to the betterment of a student’s behaviour
* ensure that prospective parents of students in the school have a clear representation of the standards of behaviour required from students, the sanctions that may be applied and the input required from parents in ensuring the highest standards of behaviour from students.


 TCS Vision

 Learning together

Everyone matters

Every moment counts


Statement of Expectations

Be respectful - Be ready - Be involved


TCS – Creating a Respectful School Community



In Tallaght Community School we expect you to:


  1. Show respect to yourself and all in the school community.
  2. Attend school every day and arrive on time for all your classes.
  3. Bring all your materials and your journal to class every day.
  4. Wear full school uniform.
  5. Contribute to a healthy and safe environment.

1.       Show respect to yourself and all in the school community.


 This means that you:

  • Are mannerly and courteous to others
  • Follow all staff requests
  • Respect diversity
  • Listen to others
  • Respect our Green School environment
  • Use appropriate language and behaviour to all in the school community
  • Communicate respectfully to one another including written, verbal, texting and social media


  • Everyone should be comfortable and confident in their environment
  • Every individual has the right to learn
  • It shows pride in yourself and your school community

 2.       Attend school every day and arrive on time for all your classes.

This means that you:

  • Arrive on time for roll call
  • Arrive on time for all remaining classes


  • Being at roll call is essential to record your attendance
  • The class is disrupted if students are late
  • Good attendance and good timekeeping are important life skills
  • Unauthorised absences are not permitted

3.     Bring all your materials and your journal to class every day.

 This means that you:

  • Bring your pens, books, copies and all other relevant materials to class
  • Use your locker at the appropriate time
  • Have your journal at all times


  • It is important to be prepared for each individual subject
  • The class is disrupted if students are not organised
  • You need your books and copies to learn
  • You need your journal to record your homework

4.     Wear full school uniform.

This means that you:

  • Arrive to school in full uniform – school jumper, shirt, tie, trousers/skirt  and black shoes
  • Place jackets in lockers when you arrive
  • Students may wear – one pair of stud earrings only and one ring


  • You are representing your school at all times
  • Excessive jewellery poses a health and safety risk to students
  • All students are part of the TCS community

 5.  Contribute to a healthy and safe environment.

 This means that:

  • You respect the rights of others to a healthy and safe environment by:

- Not smoking
- Not having alcohol or drugs
- Not bringing objects that can cause harm
- Turning off all electronic devices


  • Everyone should be comfortable and safe in their environment
  • Everyone has the right to privacy
  • Everyone in our school community has the right to healthy and safe environment.


Responses to Positive Behaviour


Encouragements and Rewards




Responding to inappropriate behaviour

 Low Level Behaviour – Subject Teacher and Tutor


Examples of Low Level Behaviour Sample Sanctions
  • Talking out of turn
  • Not following instruction
  • Distracting others in class
  • Inappropriate language or comments
  • Not being in correct uniform
  • Littering
  • Not having class materials/journal
  • Inappropriate behaviour on the corridors
  • Chewing gum
  • Proximity
  • Quiet word/ reminder
  • Change seating
  • Social skill reminder
  • Signal/gesture/look
  • Record misbehaviour in the journal
  • Humour
  • Model/practice expectation
  • Work sheet
  • Subject teacher detention

Sample interventions / supports for low level behaviour

  • SEN supports
  • Tutor support
  • Induction programme - 1st year students
  • Level 1 support

During class if the student does not respond to the above sanctions and continues to repeat the behaviour, a referral to year head form should be completed.


Medium Level Behaviour – Subject Teacher and Year Head

Examples of Medium Level Behaviour Sample Sanctions
  • Continued engagement in low level behaviours following appropriate sanctions/supports
  • Disruption of teaching and learning
  • Absent from class
  • Verbal and/or physical aggression
  • Unauthorised use of electronic devices
  • Continued application of low level sanctions
  • Detention
  • Temporary withdrawal to another class by agreement
  • Confiscation of device
  • Phone call to the parent/guardian
  • Subject teacher written referral to YH (blue referral form)
  • Meeting with parent/guardian
  • Suspension

Sample interventions / supports for medium level behaviour

  • SEN supports
  • Restorative approaches
  • Progress reports
  • Student Support Services
  • Student behaviour plan - Behavioural Report Card
  • Level two targeted group work (BFL)
  • Check and Connect (BFL)
  • Level 2 support

The subject teacher consults with the Year Head regarding the supports and interventions available. These interventions are designed to help the student develop skills that should enable them to engage with teaching and learning.

 High Level Behaviour – Year Head/Deputy Principal/Principal

Examples of High Level Behaviour Sample Sanctions
  • Persistent engagement in medium level behaviour following appropriate sanctions/supports
  • Fighting
  • Theft
  • Throwing an object likely to cause injury
  • Leaving school without permission
  • Behaviour that constitutes a significant threat to health and safety
  • Serious damage to property
  • Verbal and/or physical aggression
  • Smoking, possessing alcohol and/or illicit substances
  • Sending/posting offensive or inappropriate messages/images
  • Unresolved/persistent bullying
  • Continued application of medium level sanctions
  • Direct referral to DP/P
  • (pink referral form)
  • Suspension
  • Suspension meeting attended by parent/guardian, student, YH and DP
  • Referral to the Disciplinary Committee
  • Expulsion

Sample interventions / supports for high level behaviour

  • SEN Supports
  • Restorative approaches
  • Progress reports
  • Student Support Services
  • Referral to BFL teacher by DP
  • Student behaviour plan – Behavioural Report Card
  • Restricted timetable
  • Behavioural contract
  • Level 3 support


TCS Acceptable Use Policy

TCS Suspension Policy

TCS Expulsion Policy