[Offtopic] Guidelines on schoolyard brawls

Alexakos, Zach Z alexakos.zach.z at edumail.vic.gov.au
Sun Aug 12 22:07:07 EST 2007

VIT says "..Each school sets out its expectations of teachers in their
employment contracts"- 

In other words it's all too hard for us- we'll just pass on the buck to
someone else.  

Zach Alexakos

Ps;  Who was the numnut who came up with the idea of VIT?

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"Teachers call for guidelines on schoolyard brawls"

Posted (on ABC website) 5 hours 30 minutes ago 

Victorian teachers are calling for official guidelines and training in
to respond to schoolyard fights.

The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) has reviewed the 
actions of a teacher who refused to step in during a brawl at a high 
school, south-east of Melbourne.

VCAT found there are no set rules requiring teachers to physically 
intervene and that there appears to be no clear guidelines to advise 
teachers on appropriate actions.

Australian Teachers Union (ATU) spokeswoman Mary Bluett says teachers
concerned about the threat of litigation.

"When you are in a situation where a fight erupts, you are in two
she said. 

"Do I go in and physically touch a student and open myself up perhaps to

legal action, or is the bigger issue my duty of care to prevent injury
that student."

The state's regulatory body, the Victorian Institute of Teaching, says
will examine VCAT's comments at its next executive meeting.

It says each school sets out its expectations of teachers in their 
employment contracts.

Cheers, people
Stephen Loosley
Victoria, Australia
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