The Behaviour Foundations professional development package (DET employees only) provides schools with the necessary information to ensure effective implementation of the Statement of expectations for a disciplined school environment. Designed to be facilitated by regional or school-based trainers, the Behaviour Foundations package comprises five modules for school leaders and staff:
- Implementing the Statement of expectations for a disciplined school environment
- Foundations for effective data collection
- Data informed decision-making for student support
- Evidence-based classroom management
- Support for at-risk students.
Principals are encouraged to use a graduated response when dealing with inappropriate student behaviour. Responses to inappropriate behaviour should be fair and consistent and reflect the seriousness of the behaviour and the student's individual circumstances.
There are a range of strategies that can be used in schools as part of a planned approach to supporting students to meet the behaviour expectations.
Suspensions, exclusions and cancellations of enrolment are used as a last resort, for serious behaviour issues. Students and parents are able to talk with the school about the discipline options, or make an appeal about some types of disciplinary consequences.
The procedures for disciplinary consequences are outlined in the Safe, supportive and disciplined school environment procedure.