DEALING WITH ISSUES AND CONCERNS IN TASMANIAN GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS
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The Department of Education wants you and your child to be happy with the school your child attends and the education your child receives.
We understand that sometimes concerns and misunderstandings can arise at school and we want these issues to be addressed as quickly as possible.
If you have any issues or concerns we have set processes in place to ensure your concerns are dealt with fairly.
Dealing with issues and concerns is a partnership between us, you and your child – we need to work together for happy and healthy students.
Aim for resolution at the school level:
Where the issue relates to your child: talk to the class teacher, grade supervisor and/or the most appropriate senior person at the school who knows your child.
Where the issue relates to school policy: you may request support from a member of your School Association Committee when discussing the issue with the Principal, or taking your concern to the next School Association meeting.
Clearly document your concerns and the resolution you are seeking. Keep records of all contact with your school about the matter.
If a resolution has not been achieved, request a meeting with the Principal and attempt to resolve the matter at the school level.
If not resolved:
Contact the Learning Services office in your region. Provide a clear outline of your attempts to resolve the matter. The Learning Services office will provide advice as to what steps can be taken next (there are many issues that may need to be resolved at the school level).
If the issue remains unresolved after following these procedures, provide clear documentation in writing to the Operations Manager through the Learning Services. The Operations Manager will provide advice or work to resolve the grievance with you. Most remaining grievances can be solved at this level.
If you require further information:
After following these procedures, if the grievance remains unresolved you can request the Department (through your Learning Services General Manager) arrange for an independent mediator to assist in reaching a resolution.
If the grievance directly relates to the General Manager, contact the Deputy Secretary, Learning on 6165 5688 or by email OotDS.Learning@education.tas.gov.au
At any stage in the process the Operations Manager of your Learning Services, with your agreement, may arrange for an independent mediator to assist in reaching a resolution.
If you wish to take the matter further, you may take it up with the Minister for Education or a relevant external body, such as Equal Opportunity Tasmania (the office of the Anti-Discrimination Commissioner on 6165 7515). Please note that conditions apply for lodging complaints with each of these bodies.
Stay calm: it is often upsetting when there are issues at school involving our children, but for speedy resolution, try to keep emotions out of the picture.
Talk to the teachers: they have your child’s best interests at heart. Sometimes misunderstandings occur and it helps to voice any concerns as early as possible.
Take notes: it is important to keep a record of when you have contacted your school about a problem and what the response was. If you need to escalate the matter, you will need to be clear about what has happened.
Contacts for further information
- Tasmanian Association of State School Organisations: phone: 0427 002 211 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Learning Services Southern Region: phone 6165 6466 or email Learning.Services.S@education.tas.gov.au
- Learning Services Northern Region: phone 6777 2440 email Learning.Services.NR@education.tas.gov.au
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