This policy is current as at 26/06/2019 05:50am, AEST. Please refer to policy library website (https://education.nsw.gov.au/policy-library) for an updated version.
Good discipline is fundamental to the achievement of Government priorities for the public school system. In line with this, schools must have a school discipline policy which is developed in consultation with school community members.
The department’s policies, resources and guidance materials, relating to the use of mobile digital devices including smartphones in schools, will be reviewed in light of the findings and recommendations made in a recent independent review. We note the NSW Government’s decision of 13 December 2018 to restrict the use of mobile digital devices in NSW public primary schools. This restriction will take place during 2019 (not from 1 January 2019) and departmental policies and guidance material will be updated prior to any implementation of this restriction. Policies, resources and guidance material for secondary schools will also be updated and developed as necessary. Current policies remain in force.
Good discipline is fundamental to the achievement of government priorities for the public school system. In line with this, schools must have a school discipline policy which is developed in consultation with school community members. The policy must contain four components. These are:
The school discipline policy must:
Consistent with the Education Act (1990) and Departmental policy, schools may develop additional components for their school discipline policy to meet local needs.
NSW Government schools.
Schools and their communities work together to provide quality learning environments which are:
All students and staff have the right to be treated fairly and with dignity in an environment free from disruption, intimidation, harassment, victimisation and discrimination. To achieve this, all schools are expected to maintain high standards of discipline.
When parents enrol their children at public schools they enter into a partnership with the school. This partnership is based on a shared commitment to provide opportunities for students to take responsibility for their actions and to have a greater say in the nature and content of their learning. Collaboration between school staff, students and parent(s) or carer(s) is an important feature of discipline in government schools.
The aim of the partnership between school community members and schools is to develop socially responsible young people who are capable of making informed decisions. This is achieved through an effective social, cultural and academic curriculum which caters for the individual needs of students.
In implementing the school discipline policy, no student is to be discriminated against, harassed or victimised on any grounds as required by legislation.
This policy is to be implemented consistent with Work Health and Safety (WHS) Policy obligations for ensuring a safe and healthy working and learning environment for staff, students and visitors at schools.
All schools must develop and implement an Anti-bullying Plan consistent with the Bullying of Students – Prevention and Response Policy
The school discipline policy may apply outside of school hours and off school premises where there is a clear and close connection between the school and the conduct of students.
Principals are accountable through their Directors, Public Schools for ensuring a safe, secure and harmonious work environment for students and staff.
Principals are responsible for the development, implementation and monitoring of the school’s discipline policy.
Principals are responsible for ensuring that the school’s policy is evaluated and reviewed by the school community at least every three years.
Principals must ensure that students, staff and parent(s) and carer(s) are provided with opportunities to contribute to the development of the policy and that staff are provided with training and development opportunities in behaviour management.
Principals must provide a copy of their school discipline policy to their Directors, Public Schools when the policy is developed or whenever it is reviewed. A copy must also be made available to the families of children enrolled at the school.
Parents and students are to be given a copy of the discipline code or school rules when the policy is developed or whenever it is reviewed.
Principals must ensure that all disciplinary actions involving suspension or expulsion from school are managed consistent with the Suspension and Expulsion of School Students Procedures.
Parents are expected to support the school in the implementation of the school discipline policy.
Teachers are expected to participate in the development of the school discipline policy and to support its effective implementation.
Students are expected to follow the discipline code or school rules and to comply with staff directions regarding discipline and appropriate behaviour.
Students will show respect for teachers, fellow students, other staff and school visitors and not engage in any form of harassment, victimisation or intimidation.
Directors, Public Schools will monitor the local implementation of this policy and will report to their Executive Directors, Public Schools.
The Director, Student Engagement and Interagency Partnerships will monitor the state-wide implementation of this policy.
Leader, Social Inclusion, Ph: (02) 9244 5340.
This information is current as at 26/06/2019 05:50am, AEST. For the most up-to-date information, go to https://education.nsw.gov.au/policy-library/policies/student-discipline-in-government-schools-policy.
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