Alarming Report Increases Call for Child Protection Law Changes

It is with unfortunate regularity that our news is filled with accounts of child abuse. Although we already have the initial findings of the Interim Report of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (Royal Commission) (Interim Report) to learn from, there is still much more about this insidious problem that we […]

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Renewed focus on drug education in schools

A change in the new national curriculum (Curriculum) recognises the need to educate children about the dangers of drug use. The new component of the Health and Physical Education curriculum will include delivering drug education classes to children as young as eight. As reported in the Daily Telegraph, students from Year 3 will learn how […]

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Last chance to complete our School Governance survey!

Hurry – tomorrow is your last chance to complete our free on-line Governance, Risk & Compliance survey. The survey tool was developed after 82% of our readers responded in a recent poll that they believe that the traditional school management model is broken. If you take the time (20-30 mins maximum) to complete a self-assessment […]

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July 31: School Governance weekly news wrap

Australia 1 in 4 SA teachers and education staff still receiving a salary despite investigations The Herald Sun reports that a quarter of teachers and Education Department staff who have been charged or are under investigation, are still drawing a salary. It also reports that the Teacher Registration Board of SA is facing an increase in […]

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Australian schools are falling behind in innovation

If you are interested in how Australian schools are tracking against their international equivalents, the latest report into the state of Australia’s school education system from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) provides some worrying insights.  The Report shows that Australian schools are falling behind in innovation when compared to schools overseas.  The […]

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July 24: School Governance weekly news wrap

Australia Directors of collapsed Mowbray College pursued in court action.  35 directors of Mowbray College, which collapsed in 2012, are being pursued by the liquidators of the school. According to the Sun Herald, families who paid fees are still awaiting money owed to them. The liquidators have initiated a court action claiming that some directors […]

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Record keeping in schools: If it’s personal how long should you keep it?

How long should a school store the personal information of its former students? David Griffiths (Managing Director – CompliSpace) Although this is a simple question, a simple answer is not generated. In an era where data is vast, yet can be stored indefinitely, the reach of future inquirers must be considered in formulating a policy […]

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Spareth the rod, hateth the child? Human rights in schools

Peter Fu (Assistant Editor – School Governance) In the lead up to a summit held yesterday in Adelaide on ‘Behaviour in Australian Schools‘ (Summit), participants were attracting press coverage for their comments about Australian schools’ current approach to disciplining children.  In a recent article in the Guardian, a University of South Australia Academic, Dr Anna […]

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