The following information looks at school rules in Queensland State Schools:
· Who makes them and
· How they can be challenged or changed.
Every school has rules. School rules are the standards of behaviour the school expects of its students. They tell students and parents what the school considers important. School rules set out students’ rights and responsibilities.
Some schools have a long list of 'do’s' and 'don’ts' controlling every aspect of school life. Other schools have general rules which set out the basic philosophy of the school and the values it promotes.
The school rules aim to promote a supportive environment at the school, promote an effective teaching and learning environment, foster mutual respect between staff and students, and encourage students to take responsibility for their own behaviour and the consequences of their actions.
From a student’s point of view, rules should be clear and consistent: clear so that you know what is and is not allowed at school; and consistent so that you know what is likely to happen if you break the rules. Government legislation requires the school rules should be implemented consistently, fairly and reasonably.
Schools can make reasonable rules for order and discipline within the school. But there are legal limits to the power of schools to make rules.
Who makes the rules?
Many students believe that rules are handed down from ‘above’. But the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CROC) states that school discipline should be administered in a manner consistent with the child's human dignity and as such, children have a right to express their views on decisions that affect them. Because school rules lay down standards of behaviour for students, students should have a say when the rules are created or changed. In fact, the school principal must consult with the school’s staff and students, and their parents in developing school rules.
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