The department wants all state schools in Queensland to be safe, supportive and disciplined environments, where students can learn and achieve.
A positive school-wide approach is used to create a school where all students are included and feel safe and supported. Every member of the school community (school staff, parents, students) has a role to play in creating a safe, supportive and disciplined school.
There are a number of resources to support schools in developing a positive school-wide approach.
Strengthening discipline in Queensland state schools is one of 15 strategies introduced under the government's Great teachers = Great results initiative to lift standards of teaching and give schools more autonomy so they can get on with the job of providing a safe and supportive learning environment.
Principals are encouraged to use a graduated response when dealing with inappropriate student behaviour. Any disciplinary action should be fair and consistent and reflect the seriousness of the behaviour and the student's individual circumstances.
There are a range of strategies that can be used in their schools as part of a planned approach to supporting students to meet the behaviour expectations. Some of the new disciplinary options available to schools include non-school day detentions, community service interventions and discipline improvement plans.
Suspensions, exclusions and cancellations of enrolment are used as a last resort, for serious behaviour issues. Students and parents are able to talk with the school about the discipline options, or make an appeal about some types of disciplinary consequences.
The procedures for disciplinary consequences are outlined in the Safe, supportive and disciplined school environment procedure .
Being cybersafe and a good cybercitizen is about learning how to behave online. While there are tools and software that assist with safety and security, cybersafety in schools depends on everyone behaving appropriately when they are online.
The department wants students to enjoy school and feel that they can learn in a safe and supportive environment. Bullying, harassment, discrimination and violence are actions and behaviours that are not acceptable in state schools.
Schools have a Responsible behaviour plan for students that describes how they create positive environments and deal with bullying behaviours.
This page was last reviewed on 08 Jan 2015