The board’s role in effective student behaviour management
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The board exercises its responsibilities to ensure effective school-wide student behaviour management in the same way as for other areas of school governance. This is by way of its governance / policy framework through which it carries out its work around planning, resourcing, monitoring, reporting and consultation.
The management of individual student behaviour remains at the operational level within the school. The board's policies around managing student behaviour, including the use of physical restraint, set the legal framework and expectations for the school’s procedures, for which the principal is responsible.
The board is directly involved when the principal suspends a student, following which the board must hold a suspension meeting.
What you need to know about the principles of natural justice
In the context of student behaviour management, legislation requires schools to follow the principles of natural justice – acting fairly in the circumstances. Being fair includes: treating people with respect; taking into account their knowledge, abilities and culture; ensuring that everyone knows what is happening and what is at stake; and following the rules and considering the purpose and principles behind them.
How the school environment can make a difference
The school’s culture can have a significant impact on student behaviour. The board needs to be assured that the school has robust procedures in place, that students are given all reasonable practicable guidance and counselling and that their parents are advised of any matters affecting their progress.