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School-based policies are based on agreed beliefs about school operations, student learning, safety and well-being. Standards are set from those beliefs and guidelines developed to support understanding. It is very important that beliefs are formed in the light of recent, credible and respected research.


Policies provide certainty about a school's culture by making expected behaviours, systems and symbols explicit. It is unusual for a policy to exceed one page in length.

The following links lead to an operational policy manual, a policy example and a checklist of policies, procedures, lists and rosters or schedules a school may need.

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