Student behaviour and discipline

Schools support the learning, wellbeing and safety of all students. Collaboration between staff, students and parents/carers is fundamental to maintaining positive student behaviour and effective discipline in public schools.

Principals are responsible for developing a school discipline policy in consultation with the school community. The policy must be evaluated and reviewed by the school community at least every three years.

The school discipline policy should include:

  • school rules that set out expected standards of behaviour consistent with the Behaviour Code for Students
  • strategies and practices to promote, recognise and reinforce appropriate student behaviour
  • strategies and practices to manage inappropriate student behaviour
  • clearly defined responsibilities of teachers, students and parents
  • strategies and practices consistent with the Wellbeing for Schools Framework
  • the principles of procedural fairness.

This information is from the Student Discipline in Government Schools Policy. Principals should read the whole policy.

DEC policy documents

DEC resources