The legal and regulatory expectations placed upon schools - and the education system generally - are greater than ever before.
As School Governance looks back over its most popular articles for the year, it has become evident what school leaders and school staff have found compelling – Whistleblower! Three of the Top 10 articles deal with this topic, so we thought we’d share a Whistleblower resources page from CompliSpace, where you will find a webinar recording (from May), School Governance articles and a spec sheet for the CompliSpace Whistleblower solution for non-government schools.
Here are the ‘Top Ten’ School Governance articles for 2019.
# 10The Link Between Ineffective Complaints Handling and the Use of the Whistleblowing Protections (Part One)
An unmanaged complaint or internal grievance can escalate into a whistleblowing situation if the concern is not effectively managed. A strong complaints handling procedure should be one of your school’s first lines of defence in becoming aware of any issues of concern.
The education sector within Australia has undergone a barrage of reform in response to the globalisation of education and educational practice. There has been an unstoppable flood of inter-related reform ideas permeating and reorienting education systems in diverse social and political locations.
This article discusses the extreme administrative burden on school leaders due to schools’ increasing legal and regulatory obligations and its impact.
# 8The Relationship Between the School Principal, the Business Manager and the Chair of the Governing Body
There are many different non-government school models and many different systemic non-government school models in Australia. The relationships that exist between the governing body chair, the school principal and business manager vary according to the type of school and its governing accountability, the culture of the school and the culture of the overarching governing body.
# 7Duty of Care in a School Environment - How Long is a Piece of String?
‘Duty of care’ is possibly one of the most often-used terms in school environments but it is also possibly the least well understood by staff at the coalface. As schools move into the last term of the 2019 academic year, it is timely to remind staff of their duty of care responsibilities, obligations and accountabilities.
# 6Failure of School Boards: One of 12 Key Risks
CompliSpace has published a white paper that identifies what we have determined to be the 12 Key Risks for school boards to consider in 2019. This article discusses one of the 12 Key Risks in detail: failing to develop and maintain a high-performance school board.
# 5How Far Should a School Reasonably Go When It Comes to Their Students Staying with Host Families Overseas?
Any extended off-campus activity, particularly one that involves overseas travel, requires careful planning and considered decision-making. Preparation must be meticulous, and every effort made to ensure that the management of the school’s duty of care to students is both comprehensive and sufficient.
In this article, we discuss risks and risk mitigation strategies in relation to homestay accommodation on overseas school tours.
# 4Administration of Medication and its Risks in the School Environment
With the growth in the prevalence of chronic conditions being reported in school aged children, the need for well-thought out medication management policies and appropriate training and awareness for staff is vital to create and maintain a safe and supportive school environment.
# 3Preparing for the New Whistleblower Obligations
Reflecting the high-level risks associated with not having robust complaints systems in place, and the imminent commencement date, many schools are continuing to ask questions about how the new laws apply to them and how best to prepare. This article answers some of the questions that have been asked by schools following James Field’s webinar.
# 2What Does the 2008 Melbourne Declaration Look Like in 2019?
In November 2018, The Honourable Dan Tehan MP, Minister for Education, announced an update of the Melbourne Declaration, ten years on from its initial signing. What has changed in the ten years since the signing? What needs to be updated? And how much have we progressed since 2008?
# 1New Whistleblower Obligations Start on 1 July 2019
The Commonwealth Government has recently passed new “whistleblower legislation” that starts on 1 July 2019. Many schools will be required to comply with this legislation and among other things have a whistleblower policy in place by 1 January 2020 at the latest or face criminal penalties.