The Inquiry will investigate if the Department for Education is complying with international conventions, legislative requirements, and government and department policies and procedures, in its use of suspensions, exclusions and expulsions.
We want to hear views and experiences from:
- Current and recent past students of SA government schools who have experienced take-homes, suspensions, exclusions or expulsion.
- Parents/carers of these students.
- Principals, teachers and other school staff.
- Child advocates and advocacy groups.
- Parent and professional associations.
- Representatives from government and non-government agencies.
- Interested members of the public.
We would like to know more about:
- Your views about and experiences of take-homes, suspension, exclusion and expulsion.
- Your experiences with official complaints and appeals processes.
- Your experiences with alternative education settings (Flexible learning options, i-CAN) or homeschooling.
- What is working well.
- Opportunities for improvement.
The Terms of Reference, established in 2019, will guide the inquiry process which will be conducted by The Centre for Inclusive Education at Queensland University of Technology (QUT). You can read more about the inquiry team in the Background page.
You can find out more about the work we are doing, share your stories with us and have your say by:
We will maintain strict confidentiality for all contributions. Pseudonyms will be used to de-identify schools and individuals. Please note that confidential submissions may still be subject to Freedom of Information laws.
How can your input influence the decision?
Your feedback will help to shape recommendations about systemic arrangements and processes that would benefit our schools and teachers, families and students.
What are the next steps?
We will provide a report with recommendations to the Minister for Education in late 2020.
For any enquiries please email Mr Tony Mcarthy - firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing date: 5 pm, Friday 27 March 2020
This online engagement was hosted on YourSAy from 28 February 2020 to 27 March 2020. Find out more about the consultation process. Below is a record of the engagement.
In 2019, Terms of Reference were established to guide an independent Inquiry into whether the South Australian Department for Education is complying with international conventions, legislative requirements, and governmental and departmental policies and procedures in its use of suspensions, exclusions and expulsions.
We have been consulting with key stakeholders, including young people, on their views and experiences on suspensions, exclusions and expulsions processes. We also want to hear from you.
Who is doing this work?
A team of researchers, led by Professor Linda Graham, from The Centre for Inclusive Education in the Faculty of Education at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) has been appointed to conduct the Inquiry.
The SEE Inquiry team includes:
Professor Linda Graham (BA, M.Ed, PhD) - Team Leader
Associate Professor Shiralee Poed (PhD)
Mr Tony McCarthy (LLB, LLM)