Falling tree branch injures two in Victoria: a reminder to schools about Tree Management

A falling tree branch has injured two people on the grounds of a school at Bendigo North, in central Victoria when the branch came down on the school’s basketball court. It serves as a timely reminder for schools of the importance of an effective tree management policy, including regular inspections and recommendations from an accredited arborist.

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Transgender Teachers: A teacher is a teacher. Does gender really matter?

In response to this question, the answer is probably ‘yes’ in some circumstances but ‘no’ in most circumstances. ‘Transgender’ is used as an umbrella term to refer to a person whose gender identity is different to the physical sex assigned to them at birth (definition taken from this Victorian Equal Opportunity & Human Rights Commission Guideline). School communities may have various transgender people including parents, students and staff.

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New program for child sexual abuse evidence in NSW Courts

A pilot program for child sexual abuse victim evidence has been rolled out in Newcastle and Sydney Downing Centre courts.  The trial reached its halfway point this month with the delivery of a UNSW report Evaluation of the Child Sexual Offence Evidence Pilot (the Evaluative Report). The program is the first of its kind in Australia and focuses on shielding victims of child sexual abuse from their attackers while they are giving evidence, lessening the usually traumatic process of a court case.

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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 the facts of the case are not publicly available, the details reported by the media serve as an important reminder for schools to have clearly documented bullying policies.

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The connection between falling male teacher numbers and fear of student contact

Over the last three decades, the number of male primary school teachers across Australia has been decreasing.  According to new research conducted by Dr Vaughan Cruickshank of the University of Tasmania, there has been a decrease in male teachers, from 30.24% in 1983 to 18.26% in 2016, which is an overall drop of 12% of all male primary school teacher numbers.

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