School discovers inappropriate material on former teacher’s computer: What’s on a hard drive?

Two Victorian non-government schools have been praised for their responses to the recent discovery of inappropriate material involving children on a teacher’s hard drive. The teacher in question has been charged and proceedings are due to commence in August.  The potential criminal actions by the teacher are fairly clear on the facts but his liability is ultimately a matter for a court.

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Report shows 46 NSW teachers dismissed due to misconduct offences

In 2016, 46 NSW teachers faced allegations of misconduct.  Last week, the NSW Department of Education (DET) published the Teacher Conduct and Performance report (the Report).  The Report details the number of government school teachers who have undertaken improvement plans, undergone disciplinary action or have been convicted due to misconduct allegations or criminal offences.   Although the Report was only published recently, it was compiled in December 2016. It is updated annually.

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Excursion administration and litigation fears deter teachers

A major review of Australia’s national curriculum has revealed that the administration surrounding excursions and the potential legal claims that may arise from off-site activities are deterring many teachers from taking their students on excursions. The release of the final report from the Review of the Australian Curriculum (Final Report) on 12 October 2014 revealed many […]

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NSW announces dress code for teachers

The NSW Government has released its first-ever “explicit” dress code for state school teachers as part of its plan to boost the “status” of teaching. “The Dress Code is the latest element of our plans to improve the status of the profession — something we know teachers care passionately about,” the NSW Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli […]

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