Education and Training Act 2020: Boards to consult on rules/bylaws

Boards to consult on new school rules

Boards can make rules (also known as bylaws) to govern their school. These rules are given the status of law. Under the 1989 Act, there was no requirement on boards to consult before they made rules, which was inconsistent with the obligation to consult imposed on entities with comparable ability to make rules/bylaws.

Section 126 introduced a requirement for boards to consult their students (as appropriate), staff and school community when making rules. As well as bringing boards into line with other entities empowered to make bylaws, the new requirement enables greater staff, student, and community engagement with key governance decisions that may significantly impact them.

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