These guidelines set out requirements for the use of time-out strategies, including dedicated time-out rooms, in NSW government schools. Time-out strategies include isolation in the student’s classroom, another teacher’s room or with an executive member of staff, or the use of a dedicated time-out room.
Time-out strategies include isolation in the student’s classroom, another teacher’s room or with an executive member of staff, or the use of a dedicated time-out room. Good discipline is fundamental to the achievement of Government priorities for the public school system. Schools must implement the Student Welfare Policy and develop a School Discipline Policy consistent with Student Discipline in Government Schools in consultation with the school community.
Time-out lies within the continuum of interventions used to assist students to regulate and/or control their behaviour. It is used as a proactive strategy to support self-calming and to provide an opportunity for students to reflect on their actions. Any use of a time-out strategy must take into account factors such as the age, cultural background, individual needs, any disability and the developmental level of the student. The choice of time-out strategy will depend upon:
the seriousness or frequency of the behaviour
level of disruption to learning
risk of harm to the student or others
risk of damage to property.