Student Behaviour Strategy

The NSW Government is committed to supporting the learning and wellbeing of every student in NSW public schools. Behaviour support is critical to promoting engaging and effective classrooms and lifting student performance.


We know behaviour support plays a critical role in a student’s education. Supporting positive student behaviour requires a proactive, preventive, student-centred approach. The strategy aims to create engaging classrooms and safe and inclusive school communities.

Focus areas

The Student Behaviour Strategy is informed by the findings and recommendations of independent inquiries into student wellbeing, best practice evidence reviews and stakeholder consultation. We need a new approach to meet the needs of students and improve the support we offer teachers and school staff.

Underpinned by evidence and informed by input from our stakeholders, the Student Behaviour Strategy encompasses three key areas: practice, support and ongoing improvement and systems reform.


Teaching and behaviour management approaches and practices aimed at building positive behaviours and learning environments, while reducing the occurrence of challenging and unsafe behaviours through proactive and preventive approaches and providing better options for managing challenging behaviours when they do occur.


Providing schools, teachers, students and parents with the supports and practice resources needed, including:

  • professional learning;
  • resource hubs;
  • better-integrated support from specialist staff;
  • new Behaviour Specialists;
  • easier and increased access to specialist professional services; and
  • tools to build partnerships with parents and service providers.

Ongoing improvement and systems reform

Recognising that we need to:

  • build our evidence base;
  • measure outcomes;
  • monitor our progress;
  • establish what works best;
  • continue to collaborate with stakeholders;
  • update and expand tools and resources; and
  • adapt our approaches.

Next steps

The new Student Behaviour Policy and Procedures supporting the Strategy will be finalised later in 2021. Until then, the current existing Student Discipline in Government Schools Policy and Suspension and Expulsion of School Students Procedures remains in place.

The ABC report on 8 March 2021 mistakenly referenced suspension duration reducing to 15 days. This has not been decided and the Department is committed to working with all stakeholders on the detail of the policy and procedures underpinning the Strategy, including suspension. Apologies for any confusion caused.

For more information

For more information please contact the Student Behaviour Strategy team at

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