Management of Student Behavior

Pro-active, Positive and Restorative Behavior Management

The best way to foster positive behavior is to be pro-active in creating a structure and environment that promote positive behavior.  Behavior modification procedures employed should be educational in nature, designed to teach good behavior, rather than a reaction to inappropriate behavior.  Behavior management should be applied in a fair and consistent manner. Students who demonstrate positive behaviors should be recognized and appreciated.

If consequences can be avoided and instead be replaced by a teachable moment, that is the goal. Any consequences given should be well thought through, appropriate to the student’s age, and fitting for the situation. Consequences should be restorative in nature, such as making an apology or repairing damage done. Consequences should never embarrass or be mentally harmful to the child. Physical forms of punishment are never employed at ISNS.

If disciplinary action is taken, it is to ensure all students can enjoy learning in an environment free from distraction and intimidation.  Disciplinary action will involve consideration for individual circumstances within the context of respect for the safety and well-being of the entire school community. 

Teachers must do their best to address and resolve behavior issues that come to their attention. The appropriate Administrator in consultation with the Head of School will have the responsibility to make the final decision in relation to consequences for severe inappropriate behavior that violates the student code of conduct.

Our behavior management procedures aim to:

  • Recognize and promote responsible and positive behavior.
  • Provide a consistent approach to managing inappropriate behavior by applying fair and logical consequences.
  • Encourage students to take responsibility for their own behavior by teaching and promoting problem solving skills and the IB learner profile.
  • Encourage students to learn to reflect on their own behavior and develop self-awareness.
  • Promote the IB learner profile attributes in order to encourage students to have a positive influence in our community by being respectful and responsible citizens.

Discipline must NOT:

  • Include any form of physical punishment.
  • Cause serious distress or psychological harm to a child.
  • Be carried out in anger or with the intent of seeking revenge.
  • Be more severe than fits the misconduct.

Student Agency

Students are encouraged, taught and expected to manage their own behavior as much as they are capable of doing at their age and developmental level. In addition to the IB Learner Profile, a number of tools have been developed in the PYP in order to support students with their self-regulation and problem-solving.

Our Goal: