Public Information (Part One): Are Schools Keeping their Communities in the Dark?

This is the first part of a two-part series exploring the kinds of information schools must and should make publicly available. Part One focuses on schools’ key legal obligations in this area, which are expanding due to increased focus on transparency. Part Two will focus on the key issues faced by schools when determining what to publish, and proposes some practical solutions.

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The Teacher-Student Relationship: Where Do the Boundaries Lie?

Teachers are expected to uphold high standards of integrity, accountability and professionalism, and to maintain professional boundaries in their interactions with students; breaches of professional boundaries may also contravene the child protection obligations of teachers and schools.

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New South Wales Students Report Declining Academic and Pastoral Support From Parents and Teachers Across Their Schooling

New research published by the NSW Centre for Education Statistics and Evaluation concludes that students overall feel that support from their parents and teachers progressively declines for the majority of their schooling, suggesting that a new approach to student engagement needs to be taken by both parents and schools.

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Education Department Crackdown on Holidaying Students: What Will This Mean for Schools?

The Western Australian Department of Education has publicly criticised parents who take their children out of school to go on family holidays, reinforcing an increased stringency in attendance requirements across Australia for parents and by extension schools.

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Final State Responds to the Royal Commission: Victoria Provides Official Response and Hints at Further Reform

With Victoria recently issuing its official response to the Royal Commission’s Final Report, all jurisdictions have now responded to the Final Report recommendations, and schools can expect ongoing injurisdictional consultation as child protection reforms progress.

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Religious Confessions and Child Protection Reporting (Part Two)

While compliance with statutory and Canon Law is not necessarily mutually exclusive, the manner in which religious schools and institutions respond to the Royal Commission will be key to determining their ability to comply with various types of obligations.

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