The Education (Strengthening Discipline in State Schools) Amendment Bill 2013 has been passed in Queensland parliament. The amendments will provide principals with the authority to develop local solutions to disruptive or challenging behaviour. Read the ministerial statement for further information.
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.
From January 2014, state school principals will have greater autonomy and more flexibility to manage inappropriate student behaviour.
Red tape will be cut, the processes for exclusions, suspensions and cancellations of enrolment will be streamlined and new approaches to behaviour management will be implemented.
These changes will include:
The Great teachers = Great results Strengthening Discipline in Queensland State Schools action plan 255K (accessible version 1.2M) details the reforms and what they mean.
The Statement of expectations for a disciplined school environment 344K outlines the expectations for schools to develop a whole school evidence-based approach to discipline.
A Performance Insights: School Disciplinary Absences paper has been developed to provide information on trends and issues in School Disciplinary Absences (SDAs) in Queensland state schools. The full paper, a summary and a supporting presentation can be accessed below:
This page was last reviewed on 22 Dec 2014