Updated: July 2007 Policy Owner: OEC&SS
Schools should develop with the whole school community a set of Behaviour Codes in line with the relevant regulations (1996) and the School Discipline Policy (revised 2007) and Procedures for Suspension, Exclusion and Expulsion of Students from attendance at School (1996).
Controls which schools impose on student behaviour have two purposes. They allow the school to function effectively and they assist students to develop self-discipline from which it is hoped they will benefit when they leave the school situation. Carefully formulated school policies can remove some of the factors which lead to unacceptable behaviour by students, and therefore lessen disruption to school programs and the need to impose disciplinary measures. Evidence suggests that inappropriate behaviour decreases when:
; students and their parents participate in the decision making processes of the
; curriculum is inclusive, relevant and challenging;
; rights, responsibilities and consequences are clearly articulated and known to
the whole school community;
; the school environment is supportive to students and staff.
Detention of Students (Regulation 39)
A teacher may, for sufficient cause, detain children during the luncheon period: ; detention should not exceed one half of the luncheon period
; whole classes should not be detained except in special circumstances ; the period of detention after school hours should not be of such duration that a
student is prevented from returning home by his/her normal train or bus ; no student should be detained for such a time that the parents of the student
would be justified in becoming anxious regarding the absence of the child ; due consideration should be given to traffic flow and the timing of traffic
Suspension, exclusion and expulsion of students from attendance at school Responsibilities of the principal involved in suspension, exclusion and expulsion of students are outlined in Regulations 40-46 and in the document ‘Procedures for
Suspension, Exclusion and Expulsion of Students from Attendance at School (1996)’.
1 This information was extracted from the Administrative Instructions & Guidelines – Section 3 Student Matters
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Suspension of students
Regulation 40 empowers a principal to suspend a student from school under conditions described within the regulation. Responsibilities of the principal acting in this situation include consideration of the following, in addition to those outlined in the regulations:
The part suspension plays in the school’s Behaviour Management Policy should be clearly articulated to students and parents.
The time at which the suspended child is required to leave the school, should be made with consideration to the child’s age and his/her safety on the way home from school and at home. If both parents are working or otherwise out of the home, and the home is not occupied by an adult, it would not be reasonable to require the child to leave the school premises early in the day. Parents should be contacted first and
appropriate arrangements made for the child’s supervision. If a child is sent home early without such arrangements being made the teacher may be liable to court action should the child be injured or otherwise harmed.
Where a suspended child normally travels by school bus he/she should be kept at school until the departure of the bus unless alternative arrangements can be made. Exclusion of students
Regulation 41 empowers a principal to exclude a student from school under conditions described within the regulation.
Schools maintain responsibility for the continued education of excluded students who are under the age of compulsion. Principals are therefore responsible to negotiate alternative placements for these children in collaboration with the district Coordinators: Interagency Student Behaviour Management.
Students over the age of compulsion take responsibility for their own behaviour and
learning goals during exclusion.
Schools have a responsibility for the re-entry of students who have successfully achieved the goals of an exclusion.
The Coordinators: Interagency Student Behaviour Management or another officer designated by the district will undertake the role of case manager for students who are under compulsion and will participate in the meeting at which the exclusion is discussed with the student and parents.
If a student is demonstrating through his/her actions that an exclusion may result at a future date, the principal should ensure that the local Inclusion and Wellbeing Managers are notified so that preventative strategies and contingency plans can be set in train.
There is a right of appeal against exclusion, about which students and their parents must be informed via. the ‘Notice of Intention to Exclude from School’ proforma and
at the exclusion meeting.
Expulsion of students
Expulsion is an option only in the case of students who are not within the age of compulsion.
Regulation 42 empowers a principal to expel a student from a particular school under
conditions described within the regulation.
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The principal may expel a student who is over the age of compulsion from attendance at a particular school for a period of not less than six consecutive months to not more than eighteen consecutive months.
Prior to expulsion from a particular school the principal will negotiate an alternative school placement for the student.
There is a right of appeal against an expulsion, about which a student and his/her parents must be informed via the ‘Notice of Expulsion from a school’ and at the expulsion meeting.
Regulation 43 describes circumstances in which principals of schools may recommend to the responsible officer the expulsion of a student from all departmental facilities.
The ‘responsible officer’ in such a case is the Chief Executive. The recommendation
from the principal goes through the Executive Director Schools.
The Chief Executive may expel a student who is over the age of compulsion from attendance at all Government schools for a period of not less than one year to not more than five years.
There is a right of appeal against an expulsion, about which a student and his/her parents must be informed via the ‘Notice of Recommendation for Expulsion’ and at the expulsion meeting.
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