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EDU8320 Rights and Responsibilities of School Leaders

Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Education
Grading basis : Graded
Course fee schedule : https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules


The transition from teacher to principal is challenging. Experience as a teacher does not necessarily develop the required knowledge, skills and leadership abilities needed for the new demands in their new position (Jensen, Hunter, Lambert, & Clark, 2015). Studies in Australia and overseas have suggested that principals, in the context of school management, now work in complex and increasingly uncertain and challenging environments. As the roles and responsibilities of principals change to meet new demands and capabilities, especially for dealing with safety and child protection, so too does the rights and responsibilities of school leaders, in addition to the implications of policy issues in schools such as the impact of court orders; duty of care in an educational context; overall responsibilities in relation to compliance; managing QCT requirements; working with children with disabilities; policy development and interpretation; and managing ethical considerations in schools.

This course aims to assist students to understand what rights and responsibilities are placed on principals, deputy principals, Heads of Departments and other aspiring leaders, (as well as 'Compliance Managers' in schools) to effectively perform their duties as the leader of their school community. Central to these rights and responsibilities are the provisions of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, and considerations as to how to apply knowledge of these expectations specifically in a school context. That is to say that students will not only learn some of their ethical and legislative obligations in contemporary education, but more importantly, will also understand how to apply this acquired knowledge in their school community and what supports and protections are available to assist them. Students will learn what is, and how far, their duty of care extends in a school context, what their duties are when working with the teacher regulatory body, how to abide by and comply with court orders, how to remain compliant with mandatory reporting of child protection matters, ensure that they meet their privacy responsibilities, and examine what their rights are in relation to restriction of access of parents and others from the school campus. Students will also explore what conditions they must meet to comply with the Disability Standards in Education in their school. They will consider their rights and responsibilities for decision making and investigations in regard to when they should involve or defer to other supports, agencies and officials.

Course offers

Study period Mode Campus
Semester 3, 2022 Online
Date printed 10 February 2023