Enterprise Risk in Schools (Part Two)

School staff often do not see the value in enterprise risk management (ERM) as their experience of undertaking risk assessments has been coloured by having to use Work Health and Safety-type methodology. When schools do turn their attention to ERM and developing an enterprise risk register there is potential for a lot of ‘baggage’. This two part series explores ERM in a school context, why it is important and some key concepts and suggestions to make it easier to understand and implement. This second part will discuss key issues in ERM such as common problems with School Enterprise Risk Registers, inherent vs residual risk benefits and issues, establishing a common risk language, risk granularity and a discussion of strategic and operational risk, and appropriate risk review and reporting.

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Culture of Continuous Compliance: Principal Continuing to Run Alternative Schools Despite NESA Report

A recent case before the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal has again brought non-government school registration to the forefront of discussion. Eagle Arts & Vocational College has three campuses across NSW. It has been deemed non-compliant with non-government school registration requirements by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) and has had its school registration cancelled. For all non-government schools, the facts of the case serve as an illlustration of the importance of a continuing culture of school compliance.

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July 26: School Governance Weekly Wrap

AUSTRALIA Abuse survivors alarmed over information sharing with institutions who abused them under National Redress Scheme According to ABC News, survivors of child sexual abuse in Australia’s churches and institutions are alarmed over a clause in the National Redress Scheme that would force them to hand over sensitive personal details to the organisations involved. The Care […]

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Enterprise Risk in Schools (Part One)

School staff often do not see the value in enterprise risk management (ERM) as their experience of undertaking risk assessments has been coloured by having to use the Work Health and Safety – type methodology. When schools do turn their attention to ERM and developing an enterprise risk register there is potential for a lot of ‘baggage’. This two part series explores ERM in a school context, why it is important and some key concepts and suggestions to make it easier to understand and implement.

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Preventing Child Abuse in Recreation Activities: Scouts Australia and the Recommendations of the Royal Commission

Scouts Australia, the lead representative organisation for all state and territory Scout Associations, has been subject to two case studies from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (Royal Commission). As a large, national sporting and recreational body, Scouts Australia’s response to the Royal Commission is an interesting template for other organisations who have interstate obligations.

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July 19: School Governance Weekly Wrap

AUSTRALIA Kys: bullying’s terrifying new shorthand The Australian has reported that cyberbullying and bullying in general has received a new level of attention after the use of the shortened acronym Kys (“kill yourself”). Government statistics show cyberbullying, which often occurs in tandem with real-world bullying, is on the rise. Cyberbullies can be prosecuted under various state […]

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School Policy Implementation – A Journey or a Destination? (Part Two)

The ever increasing number and complexity of school policies that are mandated by law, regulation and school authorities presents an ongoing challenge to school leaders. This two part series explores the myths of policy management and provides practical considerations for a school to consider. Part one highlighted the myths of policy management and implementation, and proposed some key measurements for a school to determine its success in implementing its policies. Part two will provide practical considerations for a school to consider in improving the implementation of its policies and procedures framework.

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