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What Schools Have to Do

What schools have to do

Two of the main responsibilities of schools is to provide an education and to keep students safe. The school has a responsibility to its students and their guardians to accomplish those two main aims for all its attending students.

What does providing an education involve?

Providing an education involves not just teaching maths and English, but also about what it means to be a citizen, how to interact with others, human rights and other practical skills. Most State Schools are required to base their curriculum on the principles of the New Zealand Curriculum, and to encourage and model values contained in the Curriculum, as well as developing key competencies.

Are students safe at school?

Schools have a responsibility to provide a safe physical and emotional environment for its students. Keeping students safe involve obvious things like making sure there are no physical hazards for students and that safety is a priority when learning, but also having a positive school ethos and making students feel comfortable and emotionally safe.

It may also mean having a proactive policy on bullying and making sure bullying is both prevented before it happens and stopped when it’s reported.

Can schools do whatever they like to run the school efficiently?

No, schools can’t do whatever they like. The law gives school boards and principals a lot of power to make whatever decisions they think are needed or are a good idea, but schools cannot break the law. This means schools must be careful not to break laws such as those protecting human rights, privacy and health and safety.

It is also good practice for schools to follow guidelines created by the Ministry of Education.

I attend a school and they have bible study. Can I be made to go?

No, you can’t be made to go to bible or other religious study, unless you attend a private, integrated or special character school.

If you attend a state school, you have the option to opt out and be provided with a supervised place to be at whilst others attend the religious class. Your parents will need to write a letter to the school requesting for you to opt out of religious studies. You should not be disadvantaged or discriminated against just because you don’t take part in religious studies.

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