All members of school communities are expected to:
- conduct themselves in a lawful, ethical, safe and responsible manner that recognises and respects the rights of others.
Students are expected to:
- participate actively in the school's education program
- take responsibility for their own behaviour and learning
- demonstrate respect for themselves, other members of the school community and the school environment
- behave in a manner that respects the rights of others, including the right to learn
- cooperate with staff and others in authority.
Parents/carers are expected to:
- show an active interest in their child's schooling and progress
- cooperate with the school to achieve the best outcomes for their child
- support school staff in maintaining a safe and respectful learning environment for all students
- initiate and maintain constructive communication and relationships with school staff regarding their child's learning, wellbeing and behaviour
- contribute positively to behaviour support plans that concern their child.
Schools are expected to:
- provide safe and supportive learning environments
- provide inclusive and engaging curriculum and teaching
- initiate and maintain constructive communication and relationships with students and parents/carers
- promote the skills of responsible self management.
Principals are expected to:
- play a strong leadership role in implementing and communicating the Behaviour Policy in the school community
- ensure consistency and fairness in implementing the school's Responsible Behaviour Plan for Students
- communicate high expectations for individual achievement and behaviour
- review and monitor the effectiveness of school practices and their impact on student learning
- support staff in ensuring compliance with the Behaviour Policy and facilitate professional development to improve the skills of staff to promote responsible behaviour.
The Behaviour Policy is underpinned by the following principles.
- State schools expect high standards of personal achievement and behaviour.
- The foundation of positive classroom behaviour is effective teaching, inclusive and engaging curriculum and respectful relationships between staff and students.
- Positive behaviour is enhanced through a whole school approach and effective school organisation and leadership.
- Partnerships with parents/carers, the wider school community and other support agencies contribute to positive behaviour in schools.
- Staff expertise is valued and developed.
- Standards of expected student behaviour are linked to transparent, accountable and fair processes, interventions and consequences.
Responses to inappropriate student behaviour must consider both the individual circumstances and actions of the student and the needs and rights of school community members.