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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Law firm challenges Department Diabetes Policy

The plight of a diabetic five-year-old boy has illustrated how poor policy management in schools could lead to potential dangers for students. On the same day that The Age published an article accusing the Victoria Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (Department) of failing in its duty of care owed to children with diabetes, the Department […]

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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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Tasmanian teacher workloads increasing: Union

More than 90% of Tasmanian teachers believe their workloads have increased significantly, according to the results of a survey released by the Australian Education Union. According to the union’s Tasmanian branch, 87% of the 4422 teachers surveyed said they were not able to do all the tasks required of them in a working day, with some  claiming […]

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