VIC School Registration on the Radar: VRQA Seeking Public Opinion about Evidence Requirements

The Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA) is reviewing the evidence requirements all schools (both government and non-government) produce as part of their review and/or registration and asking the public, schools and education providers for feedback on how relevant the evidence is to proving their compliance with the Minimum Standards. This is a national first; an education authority asking for feedback on education registration requirements.

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Armani, Socks and Shoe Heels – Why School Uniforms Continue to Attract Debate

Every year as children prepare themselves for their year at school, the issue of school uniforms rears its ugly head. Recently, debate has shifted from altering school uniform policies to accommodate student comfort. How strictly a school applies its policy and whether or not a school should have a uniform at all, are now issues for debate.

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A New School Year – A New Approach to Discipline?

At the start of a new school year schools may be confronted by students who have forgotten school rules and remain in ‘holiday mode’. While detentions, suspensions and expulsions are all necessary by-products of students’ misbehaviour, imposing a discipline policy is often a source of angst for all involved and affected. Common across all jurisdictions is the need for procedural fairness in the imposition of a form of discipline and the importance of encouraging positive student behaviour.

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2017: The year of registration change: Is it time for national reform?

With just over a week to go until the curtain falls on the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (Royal Commission), schools around Australia will likely remember 2017 as the year of child protection debate – marked by public criticism of organisations including schools, for their handling of allegations of child abuse […]

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Student duty of care obligations: Where does a teacher’s duty end?

Recently in the news was the case of a child found unresponsive in their mother’s car in Victoria, after the mother assumed she had dropped the child off at their primary school.  In light of this incident, it seems right for teachers to question where their duty of care obligations to their students end. And with schools […]

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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. Trees […]

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School Students on School Boards – Can they vote on the principal’s employment?

According to a recent article in The Age, from 2018 Victorian government school students will have a say in hiring principals and approving school budgets as part of a shake-up that will see them appointed to government high school councils with full voting rights. The Victorian Education Minister, James Merlino said “Young people should have a say in the […]

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Ominous asthma warning: Growing complacency leading to unnecessary deaths

Alarming new research suggests that, even though Australia has been successful in curbing the rate of asthma deaths and hospitalisations, we are growing increasingly complacent about the risks posed by asthma. A study was conducted by the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research (Study) surveying almost 2,700 people with asthma. It found that 39% of people only used […]

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Information Sharing and Schools: Part 2 – Teacher Obligations with Child Protection

This is the second article in a three-part series on the expanding issue of information sharing and how it relates to the schools system. In this series, Kieran Seed and Lauren Osbich consider the past and future development of information sharing regimes, particularly in the context of child protection and how schools can gain a […]

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