Supportive school discipline has at its centre a positive teacher-student relationship. The teacher sets the expectations, provides explicit instruction on what the required behaviours look and sound like and works as part of the whole staff team to model the standards set by the community.
Schools continue to be among the safest places for young people in our society, and this is achieved only through the cooperation and collaboration of students, teachers, parents and visitors. Supportive school discipline provides:
- opportunities to build strong relationships with caring adults
- engaging curriculum
- proactive, early assistance for students with complex needs
- differentiated lessons and assessment
- fair, corrective intervention to address behaviour problems
- positive solutions to individual issues
- respectful, continuous attention to culture and community
- active adult monitoring and responses to 'schools-within-schools' social groupings and bullying environments.
Discipline means to educate someone to be able to follow a set of rules or expectations, and in doing so prevent the likelihood of behavioural errors. Discipline does not mean punishment. It means to teach, and this is what our teachers and principals are experts in delivering.