Schools with supportive environments can make a positive difference to students' learning and social outcomes.
Education Queensland schools are committed to developing a quality curriculum, fair and just practices in school organisation, and respectful relationships within the school community. Many practices within schools' daily routines foster personal development, leadership and citizenship.
In creating supportive school environments, it is vital to plan for the diverse needs of students and their families, including cultural and linguistic diversity, gender, sexuality, disability and ability, among other factors. Economic hardship can combine with other factors to exacerbate the risk that students will not achieve to their full potential.
Various professional development programs and resources are available to schools to support whole school approaches to the development of resilient and healthy young people. A range of support personnel are employed in schools to assist students experiencing personal and school difficulties, including guidance officers, chaplains, community education counsellors, as well as behaviour management support staff. With understanding, we can work together to achieve equity, respect and success for all school community members.