School discipline

Briefing paper

School exclusionary practices in Australia

Each Australian state and territory has its own legislation and policies which define and guide the use of exclusionary practices. Despite similarities about how exclusionary practices are described and applied across Australia, there are some key differences between them.

The striking outlier: the persistent, painful and problematic practice of corporal punishment in schools

This report brings new light to the practice of corporal punishment in schools. When an educator strikes a student in school, it can have a devastating impact on the child’s opportunity to learn in a safe, healthy, and welcoming environment. This is dangerous for all...

A familiar face: violence in the lives of children and adolescents

This report uses the most current data to shed light on four specific forms of violence: violent discipline and exposure to domestic abuse during early childhood; violence at school; violent deaths among adolescents; and sexual violence in childhood and adolescence.

I am bad apparently.' The role of stand-down to manage behaviour in communities of learners

This study investigates how students renegotiate their membership of the school community following being stood-down from school. In New Zealand stand-down is the least serious of the school exclusion provisions available to schools under the Education Act (1989). By sending the student home at stand-down...

Investigation into Victorian government school expulsions

This report finds that although there are comparatively few formal expulsions from Victorian government schools every year, for those students who are expelled, this is a significant punishment which can have a profound impact on their lives.

Positive associations between school suspension and student problem behaviour: recent Australian findings

This paper discusses the implications for policy development around the management of student misbehaviour and conduct breaches.
Journal article

Towards authentic behaviour management models for Islamic schools: a framework synthesizing research

The purpose of learning in Islamic schools should be to facilitate transformation on the path to ma’rifatu'Llah. Transformation over compliance would therefore best characterise those behaviour management models most appropriate for Islamic schools. But unfortunately, behaviour management models are often adopted in Islamic schools without...

Teachers' vews on student behaviours in the classroom: behaviour at school study - report overview

This report has provided the results of a survey of teachers in South Australian primary and middle/secondary schools on the types of behaviours demonstrated by students in the previous week of their teaching. We have reported data on school characteristics such as school size, level...
Technical report

Punish them or engage them? Teachers’ views on student behaviours in the classroom (1)

This report presents the initial findings from an ARC Linkage Grant, titled ‘Punish them or engage them? Identifying and addressing productive and unproductive student behaviours in South Australian schools’ (LP110100317), more commonly referred to as the Behaviour at School Study (BaSS). This phase of the...