Education and Training Bill: Boards to consult on rules/bylaws

Under the Education Act 1989, boards can make rules (also known as bylaws) to govern its school. These rules are given the status of law. However, there is no requirement on boards to consult before rules are made. This is inconsistent with the obligation to consult placed on other entities with the ability to make rules/bylaws.

Clause 121 introduces a requirement for boards to consult their students (as appropriate), staff and school when making rules. As well as bringing boards into line with other entities empowered to make bylaws, it will also enable greater staff, student, and community engagement with key governance decisions that may significantly impact them. This change is consistent with the broad intentions of the Taskforce relating to the need for greater student, staff and community engagement in their schools.

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