Student discipline is an important part of providing a conducive learning environment for all.
Good behaviour benefits all
All NSW Public Schools have a current school discipline policy that is reviewed regularly. It is developed collaboratively with students, staff, parent/caregivers organisations and the school council.
A balanced approach
Our discipline policies set out a balanced approach recognising student achievement and dealing with unacceptable behaviour. They are based on developing student responsibilities, encouraging respect and creating good conditions for effective teaching and learning.
Each school's discipline policy aims to be the foundation for a safe, happy and productive school and should be made available to parents and students on a regular basis. Contact your principal for a copy of the policy.
Rights for students and teachers
Every student has the right to a learning environment free from bullying and intimidation and to feel safe and happy at school. They have a right to be treated fairly and with dignity. The same rights apply to teachers as the school is their workplace.
What a school discipline policy covers
A school discipline policy should cover:
- school rules or discipline code
- strategies to promote good discipline and effective learning within the school
- practices designed to recognise and reinforce student achievement
- strategies for dealing with unacceptable behaviour.
What's not allowed in school
School discipline policies specifically prohibit:
- violence or threats of violence
- possession of illegal drugs
- possession of offensive weapons
- persistent disobedience
- criminal behaviour.
Principals of public schools will suspend, consistent with procedures, any student engaging in these offences. In the most extreme cases, students will be expelled.
An important role for parents/caregivers
Parents/caregivers are set the best examples of positive behaviour for their children. We strongly encourage parents and caregivers to regularly reinforce respect for others at home, at school and in the community.
Code of conduct
Rights and responsibilities for students and teachers include:
- expected standards of behaviour in the classroom, playground and while travelling to and from school
- safety in and around the school and at all school activities
- acceptable standards of behaviour while on excursions and participating in or attending sporting or other activities
- obedience to requests from staff and others in positions of authority
- adherence to the school's homework policy
- adherence to the standards of dress determined by the school community
- prohibition of illegal drugs, alcohol, tobacco and weapons
- positive and respectful relationships between all members of the school community.