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Developing a school policy

Schools need to develop and record policies that:

  • reflect the values of the school and community;
  • relate school-wide health and safety policies to the teaching and learning programme;
  • refer to mandatory aspects of health and physical education.

School management, parents and caregivers, students, and teachers are likely to support policies actively if they work together to establish and review the school's policies and guidelines and set targets for intended outcomes.

Example

During a unit of work based on the sport studies key area of learning, the students, their teacher, and a group of parents at a primary school worked together to critique and improve their school sports policy. Everyone who had been involved in the review was motivated to support their revised sports policy.

Some policies and procedures relating to health and physical education programmes are mandatory. Refer to the appendix and to pages 16–17 of Sexuality Education: Revised Guide for Principals, Boards of Trustees, and Teachers.

Example

An example of a school's health education policy that is relevant for both primary and secondary schools can be found on page 40 of Sexuality Education: Revised Guide for Principals, Boards of Trustees, and Teachers. A process for developing a school policy on drug education is set out on pages 13–17 of Drug Education: A Guide for Principals and Boards of Trustees. Schools developing other policies could adapt and use this process.

A school policy should consider the following:

Each of these policy areas is discussed in detail in the following pages.


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