Violence, Workplace Bullying and Stress – All in a Day’s Work for a Teacher

Every school should be a safe place but not just for students. In recent months, there have been incidents of violence against teachers, workplace bullying in the staffroom and teachers worked to the point of stress, exhaustion and severe illness. All these incidents are health and safety risks for staff and should be appropriately balanced on a daily basis by schools with their duty of care to their students.

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First Progress Report Released on Northern Territory Royal Commission Reforms

The Northern Territory Government has released its First Progress Report, detailing reforms completed in response to the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the NT; NT schools should be taking a proactive approach to child safety by undertaking an extensive review of their child protection policy framework in anticipation of future legal and regulatory developments.

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Canteens and Tuck Shops – Promoting Healthy Food in Australian Schools

Schools around Australia have an important role as a source of information surrounding student’s health according to the World Health Organisation Framework for Action for health-promoting schools. There have recently been calls in the media to improve the quality of canteen or tuck shop food and new initiatives to reduce waste and eat more fresh food. A health-promoting school is one that constantly strengthens its capacity as a healthy setting for living, learning and working, and it seems Victoria, Queensland and South Australia are definitely on board with this practice in their initiatives for healthy food in their schools.

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Religious Freedom and Inclusion: Challenges for Schools

On 19 November 2018, the Federal Senate Inquiry into “Legislative exemptions that allow faith-based educational institutions to discriminate against students, teachers and staff” had its first public hearing. Throughout the submissions, frequent reference was made to the Federal Religious Freedoms Review, whose report, despite being given to the Prime Minister on 18 May 2018, has not yet been publicly released. Non-government schools established for religious purposes are in the crosshairs of both reviews and their policies on enrolment, recruitment and pastoral care have come under close scrutiny as a result.

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Sexting as a Social Norm: How Schools Can Address the Legal and Social Risks for Students

At a recent NSW Anti-Bullying Conference, Canadian Researcher and Psychology Professor, Wendy Craig, told attendees that “teenagers now see sexting as a social norm and its dangers need to be addressed directly in classrooms as part of the sex education curriculum.” However, schools also need to navigate the legal risks of child pornography laws when addressing the topic of sexting.

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