Parent Teacher Bullying Hits New Heights

Whilst “bullying” in schools has traditionally been focussed on “student on student bullying”, with some resources applied to managing potential “staff on staff bullying”, for many schools, the third force in bullying being “parent on staff bullying” is often ignored. A recent article published by The Sunday Age makes for sobering reading, with Principals in […]

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Is the traditional school management model broken?

A review of media reports relating to schools over the past few months shows an emerging trend highlighting the fact that many school principals and executives are struggling to cope with workloads and are not receiving enough management training. “Victorian Principals sent back to school to learn how to run finances” and “School principals struggling […]

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April 24: School Governance weekly news wrap

Australia School in NSW bans energy drinks According to the Daily Telegraph, Castle Hill High School has banned energy drinks after one of its students became ‘clearly distressed’ after consuming two cans of a popular drink. According to the Department of Education, the decision to ban such drinks lies with the Principal of each school. […]

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Poor complaints handling forces students and parents to social media

The potential damage schools could face from not having a proper complaints handling process in place was further underlined last month, when the Victorian Education Department warned against people using social media to vent their frustrations with a school. The Age newspaper reported the department’s new “statement of values” outlining expectations of staff, students and […]

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April 10: School Governance weekly news wrap

An overview of some of the key school governance-related news from Australia and around the world. Australia Tas Education Dept hides child abuse allegations from parents The ABC reported that the Tasmanian Department of Education, failed to inform parents about allegations of a school volunteer that tried to procure a child for sex. The volunteer, […]

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April 17: School Governance weekly news wrap

Australia Victorian private schools under financial scrutiny The Herald Sun reports that the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA) is meeting with private school principals in the background of the collapse of other independent colleges in the state. VRQA is aiming to ensure that ‘school governing bodies are aware of their legal obligations, and know […]

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April 3: School Governance weekly news wrap

An overview of some of the key school governance-related news from Australia and around the world. Australia Victorian drama teacher faces deregistration after ‘bejesus’ and ‘go to hell’ comments A Catholic drama teacher has been accused of serious misconduct after refusing to remove the word “bejesus” from a play, according to The Age newspaper. The teacher […]

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