Racism has damaging effects on individuals, school communities and society. Schools play a critical role in developing understandings of racism, responding to incidents of racism and preparing students for responsible and effective citizenship in Australian society.
Principals are required to:
- ensure that the Anti-Racism Policy is implemented in the school
- nominate an experienced teacher to be the Anti-Racism Contact Officer (ARCO) and ensure that they are trained
- ensure that complaints of racism are dealt with in accordance with the Complaints Handling Policy Guidelines
- maintain records of complaints of racism and their resolution in accordance with the Complaints Handling Policy Guidelines
- promote anti-racism education and the role of the ARCO in the school
- include anti-racism education strategies in the school plan
- examine school practices and procedures to ensure that they promote respect for cultural, linguistic and religious diversity and sanction racial discrimination
- ensure all staff are aware of their obligations under the Anti-Racism Policy, NSW anti-discrimination and Commonwealth anti-racism laws
- report on the progress of anti-racism education in their Annual School Reports
- build school community harmony and manage school responses to incidents of community disharmony.
This information is from the Anti-Racism Policy. Principals should read the whole policy and supporting documents.