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05. Changes to the Policies website February - April 2009

1 May 2009

D09/0211027

NEW STRATEGIC PLANS
The following strategic plans have been added:


REVISED STRATEGIC PLANS
The following strategic plans have been revised:


REVISED POLICIES
The following policies have been revised:

REMOVED POLICIES
The following policies have been removed:


NEW GUIDELINES
The following guidelines have been added:


REVISED GUIDELINES
The following guidelines have been revised:

REMOVED GUIDELINES
The following guidelines have been removed:

OVERVIEW OF CHANGES – NEW STRATEGIC PLANS

Women in Leadership Strategy 2009-2010
The Women in Leadership Strategy 2009-2010 is an initiative within the Department’s Equity and Diversity Management Plan 2009-2010 to increase the representation of women at senior levels in the workforce. The strategy specifically targets the development of leadership capabilities for women employees.


OVERVIEW OF CHANGES – REVISED STRATEGIC PLANS

Equity and Diversity Management Plan 2009-2010
The Equity and Diversity Management Plan 2009-2010 demonstrates the Department’s commitment to creating a workforce reflective of the diversity of our students and their communities. It identifies the Department’s equity group employment targets and details strategies to achieve them.


OVERVIEW OF CHANGES – REVISED POLICIES

Child Protection
All staff have a vital role to play in creating a safe and protective school environment through the identification and support of children affected by abuse. This policy assists staff to respond appropriately where there is a concern for a child’s wellbeing or a disclosure of abuse. The best interests of the child will be met through an understanding of the processes and requirements for reporting child abuse to agencies who share this responsibility. Section 6.3 has been updated to the effect that allegations of abuse involving a staff member must be reported consistent with sections 6.1 and 6.2, and immediately reported to the principal.


Corruption, Prevention and Detection
The information under section 5.4 and 6.1 of the Corruption, Prevention and Detection policy has been updated and throughout the policy contact information has been updated.


Discipline
The Discipline policy has been amended to include a reference to the An Employee Guide to the Department’s Disciplinary Process brochure.


Disputes and Complaints
The Disputes and Complaints policy has been amended to include a reference to the Talking to Your School brochure.

 
Emergency and Critical Incident Management
The policy replaces the Emergency Management Policy, and directs school, district and central planning and actions for the prevention of, preparedness for, response to and recovery from emergencies and critical incidents. As a result of these management processes the safety and health and wellbeing of students, staff, visitors and the broader school community is prioritised and preserved/restored. Further, disruption to student learning and school operations is minimised.


Enrolment
The forms in appendices F1 and G have been updated.


Family Court Orders in Schools
This policy replaces the Family Law Issues in Schools policy. A principal will allow each parent access to a student and his or her information, unless there is a court order to the contrary. The principal, in allowing such access, will have due regard to the student’s safety and welfare, educational needs, and the proper management of the school.


Financial Management in Schools: Finance and Accounting
Financial Services and Support has advised that section 5.5.4 – Returned, Uncollected and Stale Cheques in the Financial Management in Schools: Finance and Accounting policy needs to be amended as a result of the change to the Unclaimed Money Act 1990 procedures on the notification and remittance of unclaimed monies to the Treasury.


Policy Development, Approval, Publication and Implementation
A new section titled Summary of Changes has been added to the Policy Reference Group Policy Submission Form (Appendix B). This section requests a summary of the substantial changes to a revised policy and a rationale for the changes.

The effective dating of policies has been updated to reflect best practice and the Australian Standard for metadata (AS5044.2 – 2002).

When a policy is published for the first time, it will be given an effective date which is usually the date it becomes accessible on the Our Policies website, for example, Date effective 24 March 2006 v1.0 Final.

When the policy author makes a minor revision, version number of the policy is changed rather than the effective date, for example, Date effective 24 March 2006 v1.1 Final.

When the policy author makes a major revision or undertakes a full review and both the effective date and the version numbers are changed, for example, Date effective 24 March 2009 v2.0 Final.


Public Interest DIsclosure
The Public Interest Disclosure policy has been amended to include a reference to the Reporting Misconduct brochure and contact information has been updated.


Redeployment of Principals
The Redeployment of Level 4, 5, and 6 Principals policy has been replaced with the Redeployment of Principals policy with only the scope changing to include all principals.


Research Conducted on Department of Education and Training Sites by External Parties
External parties wishing to conduct research on Department sites are required to seek central office approval before requesting participation from site managers. This policy contains the approval process that must be followed, and information requirements regarding consent, participation, withdrawal, Working With Children checks, and confidentiality.

The revised policy resolves a number of issues, such as requirements for obtaining consent, that have arisen in the implementation of the previous version. The clarification of this and other policy issues will provide better support for principals in deciding whether to participate in research projects. The revision also streamlines the application process to create an efficient, viable research pathway for prospective researchers.


School Improvement and Accountability
Section 7.4 – Reporting of the School Improvement and Accountability policy has been revised.


Visitors and Intruders on School Premises
This policy replaces the Visitors on School Premises policy. The principal has primary responsibility for the day-to-day management and control of a school, including all persons on the school premises, and are to provide for the safety and welfare of students and staff on the school premises.


OVERVIEW OF CHANGES – REMOVED POLICIES

Alternative Education Programs
The Alternative Education Programs policy has been removed as it no longer has currency. The accreditation side of this policy is now managed by the Department of Education Services and the process for managing attendance at such programs has now been subsumed into the Enrolment policy.


OVERVIEW OF CHANGES – NEW GUIDELINES

An Employee Guide to the Department's Disciplinary Process
This publication aims to assist employees in understanding their rights and responsibilities when they find themselves involved in a disciplinary process. The publication is for internal use only.


Emergency and Critical Incident Management Plan
The Emergency and Critical Incident Management Plan is provided to support school planning. It is based on consideration of the management of foreseeable risk, and the Comprehensive/All Hazards Approach to Emergency Management.


Guidelines for Preparing Valedictory Letters
Valedictory letters recognise employees’ contribution to the Department during their career. These guidelines assist line-managers prepare personalized and individualised valedictory letters for employees who have retired or resigned that embody the Department’s official acknowledgement of employees who have given extensive service.


Implementation Guidelines and Explanatory Notes for School Education Act Employees' (Teachers and Administrators) General Agreement 2008 and Teachers (Public Sector Primary and Secondary Education) Award 1993
The document comprises implementation guidelines addressing the Agreement and Award as well as explanatory notes for each clause of the Agreement and Award. The new Agreement and Award are to be read together.


Reporting Misconduct
Department of Education and Training employees are required to report any breach or suspected breach of the Staff Conduct policy or the Code of Ethics to their line manager or a senior manager. This brochure provides employees and the rest of the community with information on reporting misconduct under the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2003.


Support Material for Research Conducted on Department of Education and Training Sites by External Parties - Information Letter and Consent Form Templates
The Department of Education and Training requires that all research participants be fully informed. To assist researchers, these templates provide a format and wording that meet this requirement and are consistent with the Department’s Research Conducted on Department of Education and Training Sites by External Parties policy.


Talking to Your School
The Talking to Your School brochure aims to reinforce the Department’s commitment to welcome complaints as opportunities for learning. The brochure provides information on the complaints process for parents/guardians as well as any relevant contact information.


OVERVIEW OF CHANGES – REVISED GUIDELINES

Complaints Management Toolkit
The Complaints Management Toolkit has been amended to include a reference to the Talking to Your School brochure.


Publications Writing Style Guide
The current Publications Writing Style Guide has been reviewed and updated by the Corporate Communications and Marketing Branch.


OVERVIEW OF CHANGES – REMOVED GUIDELINES

Competency Framework for Teachers Update
The Workforce Policy and Coordination Branch has requested that the Competency Framework for Teachers Update be removed from Our Policies website as it is only a promotional flyer to inform people of the Competency Framework for Teachers document and is redundant.


School Based Traineeships in Western Australia Guidelines and Working Principles
The document has been removed from the Our Policies website as it no longer has currency. All current information relating to School Based Traineeships is available on the ApprentiCentre website under the Training in Schools link.


Troubleshooting Guide: Competency Based Assessment
The Troubleshooting Guide: Competency Based Assessment document has been removed from Our Policies website as it no longer has currency. All current publications for VET Teaching and Learning are available from http://www.vetinfonet.det.wa.edu.au/home/.

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