Royal Commission recommends overhaul of the criminal justice system: How will your school be affected?

To commence the week beginning 14 August 2017, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse published its final recommendations on criminal justice in Australia, following years of research, round-tables, hearings and consultations examining issues in the criminal justice system in relation to institutional child sexual abuse. Clocking in at just over 2000 […]

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Boarding Webinar: Frequently Asked Questions about balancing risk management and student care

Just as education has progressed immensely, so too have boarding houses and the facilities associated with them. However, while there has been an ongoing trend of schools trying to improve their approach to safety and child protection, boarding schools have been identified as being among the highest risk of any educational environment in terms of their cumulative […]

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Commonwealth and Queensland legal reform of ESOS laws

The Queensland State Government and the Federal Government have introduced Bills to their respective parliaments which, if passed, will affect schools that provide educational services to international students. International education is a key contributor to the Australian economy with enrolments exceeding 700,000 in 2016, so legislative reform in this space is a reflection of the importance […]

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August 17: School Governance weekly school wrap

AUSTRALIA Teachers told not to sign NAPLAN confidentiality agreement The Sydney Morning Herald reported about how a teacher refused to sign a confidentiality agreement covering the question testing for NAPLAN online testing occurring this month.  Two teachers’ unions said they have received legal advice that the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) cannot require teaching staff […]

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What to do if your school receives a historical sexual abuse report?

It takes immense courage and strength for survivors of historical child abuse to come forward and discuss the behaviours to which they were subjected.  Sometimes survivors of historical child abuse make claims against the institutions where they suffered the abuse – such as schools and religious organisations.  With the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to […]

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Teacher Registration Boards – Are they helping to keep our children safe at school?

According to The Age, the Victorian Education Minister has ordered a sweeping review of the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) after it gave the green light for a teacher who told incest stories and another who pleaded guilty to a sex crime to keep their registration.  Pressure has been mounting on the VIT by the Victorian […]

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Playground evangelism: Should schools restrict student discussion of religion?

A recent review into religious instruction in government schools in Queensland has suggested that religious instruction materials could adversely impact on the ability of schools to provide a safe, supportive and inclusive environment for students. Despite not being an official policy of the Department of Education and Training and only explicitly affecting Queensland government schools, […]

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August 10: School Governance weekly school wrap

AUSTRALIA Police investigate whether Sydney school was targeted by arsonists News.com.au reported about Police investigating a suspected arson attack in Sydney causing serious damage to a high school. Emergency services responded after receiving multiple triple-0 calls from nearby residents and extinguished the blazed. The blaze started in the science block and quickly spread to other parts […]

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Part Two: Confiscation and searches of student property – searching students and student property

This is the second article in a two-part series on the myriad issues associated with managing inappropriate student materials. Part One is available here. In this series, Craig D’cruz, National Education Consultant at CompliSpace, explores managing the confiscation of student materials and the legal, regulatory and guidance to consider when dealing with this matter.  In […]

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Billeting and homestays: Do schools have a duty of care while students are at home?

Billeting and homestay defined Billeting and homestay are largely interchangeable terms which involve students staying with host families for accommodation purposes. Stays may be part of a cultural exchange program or during an overnight excursion. Students can stay with host families intra-state, in another jurisdiction or even overseas. The term used most frequently is homestay, […]

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