School fights and teacher assaults: Round 1 goes to …

Scarily, teacher assaults are a growing trend around Australia.  Media reports highlight an ever increasing rate of teachers being assaulted or suffering injuries sustained during the course of their work.  Is it any wonder why teachers have one of the largest attrition rates of any profession in Australia? Recently the Herald Sun reported that a Victorian high […]

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Revenge on image-based abuse: Will schools be caught in the crossfire?

One month on from Privacy Awareness Week (PAW), information privacy and technology-facilitated issues remain an ongoing community concern. While image-based abuse – or ‘revenge p*rn’ in media parlance – may not appear to impact on the activities of schools, the issue has been a live one for both the government and non-government systems.  In late […]

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Changes to the National Education Act: Simplified objectives and a focus on evidence-based results

The recent passing of the Australian Education Amendment Bill 2017 (the Bill) by the House of Representatives in Federal Parliament represents the culmination of the reforms to education funding, recently announced by Prime Minister Turnbull as part of the Budget 2017-18. Although the Bill must still pass the Senate to become law, it is interesting […]

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Can your school be trustworthy while also being transparent?

The theme of this year’s Privacy Awareness Week is ‘Trust and Transparency.’ Timothy Pilgrim, Commissioner of the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) stated that trust and transparency “speaks to the consumer and community trust that flows to organisations who handle personal information transparently, and with care, throughout the information life cycle. Privacy is rarely about secrecy, […]

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Whistleblowing Protection: Report shows schools need to improve

The release of a significant report Strength of Organisational Whistleblowing Process – Analysis From Australia (the Report) based on research by Griffith University’s Professor A J Brown is a reminder to schools of the importance of having a whistleblower policy and how it can enhance a school’s culture once implemented.  Nathan Luker, General Manager of  Your […]

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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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Risk Management 101: What is ISO 31000?

ISO 31000 are the international set of standards that are considered best-practice for any organisation designing and implementing an enterprise risk management system. And that includes schools. Reading the Standard is the first step every school should take before drafting an effective risk management system, which is a requirement of school registration standards across Australia […]

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