Department of Education Media Release
22 January 2013
All members of our school community including students, staff, parents and visitors, have a right to feel safe at school, the Deputy Secretary Early Years and Schools, Liz Banks, said today.
“Importantly, there is a strong connection between students’ wellbeing, behaviour and learning.
“The Department of Education’s Learner Wellbeing and Behaviour Policy has a clear purpose of ensuring schools provide safe and inclusive learning environments.
“All learners have the best opportunity to strive for excellence and reach their potential.
“Schools support and promote the Department’s values of equity, respect, relationships, learning and excellence.
“This policy supports the community’s expectation of better behaviour in schools,” Ms Banks said.
“Bullying can have a traumatic effect on the physical, social and mental wellbeing of children and young people.
“Tasmanian Government schools have in place many programs to build safe and supportive learning communities for all students.
“All schools have policies and processes, which apply to all forms of bullying,” Ms Banks said.
“The Department, through its Learning Services, is committed to assisting schools in the areas of health and well-being.
“Wen an issue arises, support is available to schools and individual students and families through School Psychologists and Social Workers.
“Behaviour by students that is likely to be detrimental to the health, safety or welfare of others is deemed unacceptable by the Department of Education,” she said.
The Learner Wellbeing and Behaviour Policy can be referred to at https://www.education.tas.gov.au/documentcentre/Documents/Learner-Wellbeing-and-Behaviour-Policy.pdf
The national day of action against bullying and violence is on Friday 15 March 2013 and further information is available on the website http://bullyingnoway.gov.au/