Parent Complaints – the move from the car park to social media

School car parks were always a convenient place for parents to congregate and ‘chat’ either before school or, more often than not, at the end of the school day, whilst they waited to collect their children. They still are. Principals and school staff used to be concerned about the ‘car park gossip’ that took place […]

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UNESCO Global Education Monitoring Report signals role change for teachers worldwide

The 2017/18 Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report (the GEM Report) was recently released by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The GEM Report aims to inform education and aid policy through the analysis of challenges facing countries globally. While the primary audience of the GEM Report usually consists of decision-makers such as ministers, policymakers, parliamentarians and […]

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The ten commandments of good governance

Due to the constant pace of legal and regulatory reform at state, territory and federal levels in Australia (which shows no sign of abating!) schools can be forgiven for remembering 2017 as the year of legal compliance. The often confusing statutory drafting by different parliaments causes headaches not only for lawyers but for other organisations […]

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Teacher receives six-figure payout for being bullied at school

It’s not only students in the school yard being caught bullying at school. Bullying also affects school staff.  In recent news, a NSW primary school teacher has received a six-figure settlement after claiming she attempted suicide as a result of being bullied by her principal and isolated by her colleagues for more than a year.  Although […]

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Reforms to the ASA Data Retention Schedule: Insights for schools on records management

Knowing what records to keep, how to keep them and for how long, is a tricky business for schools to master.  With a raft of legislation, such as the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth), dictating how to handle/protect certain types of information and the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (Royal Commission) recommendations saying there […]

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External venue hire: To hire or not to hire?

There are two common venue hire scenarios that come to mind with regard to schools: schools that hire external venues for excursions and schools that allow other groups to hire their facilities. The latter was discussed in a School Governance article in 2016. It is commonplace for schools to hire or lease outside venues in […]

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New Mandatory Notification of Data Breaches – What does the scheme mean for schools?

On 22 February 2018, changes to the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) (the Act) will take effect and a new Notifiable Data Breach (NDB) Scheme will be in force. This reform will affect the Privacy Programs of almost all non-government schools, and it is one of the most important reforms since the introduction of the 13 […]

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More Changes to NSW Registration Manuals: new information on financial viability compliance

The NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) has been extremely busy in Term One and has recently released its second update to the Registered and Accredited Individual Non-government Schools (NSW) Manual and Registration Systems and Member Non-government Schools (NSW) Manual (the Manuals) in four months.  In January 2017, School Governance published an article outlining the changes NESA made to the Manuals in […]

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Increased governance requirements for NSW non-government schools

The NSW Board of Studies, Teaching & Educational Standards (BOSTES) has once again updated the ‘Registered and Accredited Individual Non-government Schools (NSW) Manual’ (Registration Manual). This marks the second time this year that the Registration Manual has been updated, the first being in May 2014. The new update is given immediate effect by the Official Notice. The […]

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