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Behaviour management

Education Queensland is committed to providing school environments which maximise the educational opportunities and outcomes for all students. Queensland state schools have programs in place to address issues relating to bullying, harassment and discrimination.

Behaviour at school is managed supportively to achieve a positive learning environment for the benefit of students, staff and parents. Corporal punishment is not allowed in Queensland state schools.

All state schools are required to have an approved Responsible Behaviour Plan for Students that articulates a range of responses including whole school, targeted and intensive behaviour support as a means of facilitating positive learning and responsible behaviour in students.

Each region has a number of behaviour specialists. Other support staff include guidance officers, social workers, community welfare workers, youth workers, psychologists and teacher aides.

In extreme situations, where a range of strategies has already been used or in the case of serious inappropriate behaviour, the student may be suspended or excluded from school. The situations when this may occur are set out in Queensland's Education (General Provisions) Act 2006.

In cases of long suspensions (six to 20 days) and where students are excluded, parents may appeal against these decisions. Appeals against long suspensions can be made to the Executive Director (Schools) for the school concerned, while appeals against exclusions must be made to the Director-General of Education, Training and the Arts. Following the receipt of an appeal the Department will review decision processes.

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The Code of School Behaviour

The Code of School Behaviour outlines a consistent standard of behaviour for all state school communities in Queensland, inclusive of students, staff and parents, and recognises the close relationship between learning, achievement and behaviour. The Code of School Behaviour has been developed to deliver the best possible outcomes for students and promote the development of responsible behaviour. School communities use the code as a basis for providing:

Any problems related to behaviour should be brought to the attention of school staff to enable schools to respond effectively and implement practices to maintain a safe learning environment.

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Alternative educational programs for students at risk

For some students, alternative placements and pathways are needed for them to reach their educational goals. Districts employ a variety of strategies to support students at risk of disengaging from learning, including:

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Resources available to support students

Bullying. No Way!
Bullying. No Way! is a resource created by Australia's educational communities as well as students, staff, parents, agencies, education officers and community members. It is intended to support young people to be safe, supported, respected, valued - and free from bullying, violence, harassment and discrimination. The Bullying. No Way! website contains information and support for students on how to handle situations of bullying. For more information visit the Bullying. No Way! website External Link.

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Management of Young Children Program (MYCP)

Education Queensland's Management of Young Children Program (MYCP) provides an early and proactive intervention program for parents which promotes skillbuilding and relationship development.

In MYCP, parents are trained in multiple skills, including praise, instruction giving, behaviour-tracking, problem-solving, prompting and shaping desirable, purposeful behaviour. The program runs for approximately six weeks for parents of children aged two to seven years. For further information, parents should contact their local Education Queensland district office.

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Triple P-Positive Parenting Program

Triple P is a multi-level family intervention program with tips and strategies to encourage positive behaviour, build up your child's confidence and boost their resilience, and for the prevention and treatment of behavioural and emotional problems in pre-adolescent children. The parent program is run by trained practitioners in the community, often through Queensland Health or Education Queensland. The program is currently free to access for all Queensland families.

The Triple P-Positive Parenting Program is an initiative of the Parenting and Family Support Centre at the University of Queensland, and is widely recognised throughout Australia for its effectiveness. For more information, visit the Triple P website External Link.

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The RAP Parent Program (RAP-P)

The Resourceful Adolescent Program - Parent Program (RAP-P) was developed to help parents promote the optimal family environment for healthy adolescent development. More specifically, the program addresses known family protective factors for adolescent depression and suicide and is designed as an early intervention program. It is generally run in communities through Queensland Health or Education Queensland. Information can be found at the Resourceful Adolescent Program website External Link.

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This page was last reviewed on 21 Nov 2016

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