The board’s role in effective student behaviour management 

Ko tā te poari tūnga whakahaere tōtika i te whanonga ākonga

The board should exercise its responsibilities around consultation, goal setting, planning, resourcing, monitoring and reporting in the same way as it does for other areas of school governance. The management of individual student behaviour remains at the operational level within the school and the board should only become involved if a student is suspended.

Keeping students in education

Taking a student out of school will have a significant impact on their learning and social outcomes. That is why stand-downs and suspensions should always be the last response after all other avenues have been tried.

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.


Why would a student be stood-down or suspended

A student may face stand-down or suspension if they show gross misconduct, continual disobedience or behaviour risking serious harm.


What sorts of questions you should ask yourselves first

To inform your approach, look at your school’s stand-down, suspension and exclusion data. Are there any particular issues or patterns in the data? What does it tell you about the culture of the school? Are there particular groups of students who are more at risk than others? Think about whether you have a policy in place or if one is needed. 


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. 

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