Baird-Grant Government to introduce new school behaviour code and $167 million student support package

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Baird-Grant Government to introduce new school behaviour code and $167M student support package

A re-elected Baird-Grant Government will give principals and teachers greater authority to maintain discipline in the classroom, and will significantly boost the number of counsellors and student support officers in our public schools.

NSW Premier Mike Baird and Education Minister Adrian Piccoli today unveiled the Behaviour Code for Students and the $167 million Supported Students, Successful Students package.

“We want to ensure all students in our public schools are learning in safe and supportive environments where bad behaviour such as bullying and violence is not tolerated,” Mr Baird said.

“The new Behaviour Code for Students unveiled today clearly sets out the expectations we have for students and empowers principals and teachers to take decisive disciplinary action when student behaviour is unacceptable.

“We will not tolerate student behaviour which threatens the safety, wellbeing or learning opportunities of others.

“I know teachers can face challenging situations in the classroom and I want them to know we have their backs.”

Mr Piccoli said the $167 million Supported Students, Successful Students package also released today will provide NSW public schools with a 45 per cent increase in resources to improve the welfare of students.

“If we can better address the challenges faced by students, teachers will have more time to teach and students will have more opportunities to learn without distraction and interruption,” Mr Piccoli said.

“We are committed to helping all students improve their academic results and enjoy their time at school, and I am proud to be part of the first Government in 20 years to increase counselling and welfare support in NSW public schools.

“This funding, made possible by NSW being the first state to sign the Gonski funding agreement, will help create safer school environments, counter inappropriate behaviours and help schools to engage with vulnerable students and their families.

“Not only are we providing more counsellors, we are also giving schools flexible funding to respond to issues — such as cyber safety or bullying — as they arise.”

The package includes:

  • $80.7 million to employ 236 additional school counsellors;
  • $51.5 million of flexible funding, equivalent to an additional 200 Student Support Officers;
  • $12 million to tackle the particular challenges faced by some Aboriginal and refugee students and their families; and
  • $8 million to provide over 500 graduate scholarships to boost the recruitment of school counsellors and other wellbeing positions.

The new funding is in addition to existing expertise provided in NSW schools by more than 4,000 specialist staff, including counselling services, specialists in learning and behaviour, and more than 100 specialist behaviour settings across NSW.

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