Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

New Rules Aim To Reverse School Suspension Trend

MEDIA RELEASE

16 JUNE 1999

Education Minister Nick Smith today announced new suspension rules for all schools which aim to reduce the number of students suspended while recognising the difficult challenge schools have in maintaining a safe and effective learning environment for all students.

"Schools have a difficult problem in dealing with bullying and anti-social behaviour. However, just removing the student from school leaves the community with the long-term problem of an uneducated and angry youth on the street. These new suspension rules will give principals and boards a wider range of possible responses to discipline students, with the aim of keeping students in learning."

Draft rules were sent to schools in March for comment. The rules set down the process for stand-downs, suspensions, exclusions and expulsions. The final rules give greater recognition to the responsibilities boards have to maintain a safe environment for all students. There is a reduced compliance burden for principals and boards and the rules have been made clearer and shorter. A further change has been made to enable the process of suspensions to be managed in a less adversarial and legalistic way. The new rules come into effect on 12 July, the first day of term three.

"These rules are aimed at reducing the number of suspensions which have grown considerably in recent years. This growth is a reflection of schools taking a firmer approach on violence and drugs, increased retention rates, roll growth and increased violence in the wider community."

"Clearer suspension rules are just one part of the Government's strategy for dealing with social issues in schools. In this year's budget, the Government provided $36.8 million for alternative learning centres for those students whose behaviour is too disruptive for the traditional classroom environment, an extra $10.4 million has been committed to enable an additional 70 social workers to help pupils in our primary schools and $1.3 million has been set aside for eliminating violence programmes in our schools. This year the first teams of Resource Teachers of Learning and Behaviour have gone into our schools. These teachers will help deal with behavioural problems before they get to the point of suspension. In addition, Behaviour Education Support Teams and Centres for Extra Support are being established for students with severe behaviour difficulties who need intensive specialist intervention to modify their behaviour."

"There is a huge challenge for schools and the wider community in managing students with behavioural problems. These new suspension rules are part of a strategy to more effectively manage these young people and to prevent them becoming jobless and on the road to more serious offending."


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Crowdsale And Crowdfunding Campaign: Help Create The Future Of Independent News

Two weeks to go! The Scoop 3.0 plan aims to create NZ’s first community-owned, distributed news and media intelligence ecosystem in 2019. We believe this ScoopPro media monetisation approach can be scaled and spread globally to support local and independent news efforts in regional New Zealand and around the world.

Scoop is an ecosystem, it would not exist without those who contribute to it, read it and rely on it for professional media purposes. Generous past support from this ecosystem has enabled us to come this far in developing our business model. Support our PledgeMe Campaign>>

 

14/11: Two Years’ Progress Since The Kaikoura Earthquake

Mayor John Leggett said it was a day for reflection, but also a time to recognise the work by many people to support progress towards recovery made across Marlborough since November 2016. More>>

ALSO:

Pike River: Mine Drift Re-Entry Plan To Proceed

“I’ve decided the Te Kāhui Whakamana Rua Tekau Mā Iwa - Pike River Recovery Agency, recommended course of action to enter the drift, using the existing access tunnel, is by far the safest option,” said Andrew Little. More>>

ALSO:

Appointments: New High Commissioner To Australia Announced

“Dame Annette King needs no introduction given her long running career as a parliamentarian where she has previously held a number senior Cabinet portfolios, including Justice, Police and Health. She also was Parliament’s longest serving female MP with 30 years’ service,” said Mr Peters. More>>

ALSO:

Two Years Since Kaikoura: Silvia Cartwright To Lead Inquiry Into EQC

“The inquiry will be the first of its kind under the Public Inquiries Act 2013 and will have all the powers of a Royal Commission, be independent of Government and make its report directly to the Governor-General. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Royal Commission Into Child Abuse

Obviously, it is good news that the coalition government has broadened the scope of its Royal Commission into the abuse of children, beyond its previous focus on children in state care. More>>

ALSO:

Cases Delayed: Court Staff Refuse To Handle Sentencing Papers

Dozens of court cases have reportedly been delayed, as court staff escalate industrial action at two Auckland courts by enforcing a ban on handling sentencing papers. More>>

ALSO:

Education: Primary Teachers Rolling Strikes

RNZ Report: More than 100,000 primary school students in Auckland will be home from school today as teachers and principals walk off the job for the second time this year. It's the start of a week of rolling one-day strikes around the country, after the collapse of contract negotiations last Thursday. More>>

ALSO:

"Process Was Sound": Inquiry Into Haumaha Appointment Released

The Inquiry’s purpose was to examine, identify, and report on the adequacy of the process that led to the appointment. It found the process was sound and no available relevant information was omitted. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels