Parents Voice in Government School Education

“Kindness, not harsher discipline”

This article, written by secondary teacher Kate Hadley and published in the Age in April 2023, makes a strong case for a focus on relationships in education, and for a restorative approach when relationships are damaged.

This quote is particularly relevant:

These days, I am fortunate to work in a co-educational school that values relationships above all else. We take a “restorative” approach to behaviour management that others have recently criticised as ineffective. Our core value is respect. This means that knee-jerk reactions and punitive discipline don’t have a place. It means that everyone gets a say when things go wrong.

The article was published in the Age in April 2023.

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