Whistleblower Protections: Complementary to a Child Safe Culture

Whistleblower protections in a school can be the first of many steps that are complementary to creating a child safe culture. While mandatory reporting of child abuse is mandated by law in all Australian jurisdictions, schools with a formal whistleblower policy or program can also create the cultural change required to keep children safe, with an environment that encourages and welcomes staff to make disclosures about any kind of inappropriate behaviour.

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New Zealand develops new national Code and Standards for Teachers: Is Australia next?

The Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand (the Council) is calling for submissions on a draft Code of Professional Responsibility and Standards for the Teaching Profession, entitled ‘Our Code, Our Standards,’ which is intended to reflect what it means to “be a teacher” in New Zealand. The new Code and Standards are to be implemented and applicable to all New Zealand teachers by 1 July 2017.

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NSW introduces new governance requirements for non-government schools

The Board of Studies, Teaching & Educational Standards NSW (BOSTES) has updated its Registered and Accredited Non-government Schools (NSW) Manual, via an official notice. Most of the changes to the registration manual are cosmetic and involve updates to references to legislation. One of the changes that caught our eye however was standard 3.9.3 which provides […]

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4 Tips to Manage Workplace Behaviour – A Principal’s Guide

We recently reported that the Education Sector has the second-highest rate of stress claims. Stress in schools may come from many places, but some of the avoidable sources of stress are the issues that may arise from the behaviour of colleagues.  For example; bullying. We have partnered with Workplace Behaviour Consulting group LS Partners to detail in […]

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