Engaging with your child's high school

Your school is committed to working with you to ensure you have all the information and support you need for your child to get the most out of school. In addition, you have the right to feel welcome at school, to be treated fairly and to be able to actively participate in your child’s schooling.

We ask that in return you commit to making your interactions with your child’s teachers, other school staff, other parents and other children positive. We are all partners in our children’s education. Every child has the right to expect their best interests will shape our decision-making and actions.

School staff have the right to feel safe in their workplace and be free of intimidating actions or language, as well as inappropriate or unhelpful communications. All our interactions and communications, including those about difficult or complex issues, should be timely, respectful, transparent and focused on solutions.

All public schools in NSW have a School Community Charter behaviour and interactions. The charter creates clear expectations and a framework by which we can all be held to account. If at any time you think a communication or interaction has not been handled in line with the charter, please raise this with your school or the department.

Finding the right person if you have questions or concerns

We understand that you may have questions about your child going to high school. Our students’ wellbeing is our priority and we want to work with parents, carers and families to support them during this transition.

If you have a question and want to talk to someone before your child starts high school, you can contact your local school.

Once your child starts high school, the subject teacher can discuss your child’s progress in that subject. The head teacher of a specific subject or the year adviser can also be a good place to start.

Next up ➜

Learn about the additional support available to high school students, including students with a disability or learning needs and EALD groups, in NSW public schools.
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