The School Council plays a valuable role in developing school policies, particularly by supporting the principal to understand and consider the views of the school community where appropriate.
School principals are responsible for operational school policies, procedures and decisions.
There are a small number of policies that must be developed and approved by the school council because of legal requirements or Department policy (e.g. Uniform and Student Dress Code, Child Safe Standards, finance policies etc). For other local school policies, the principal may choose to seek school council approval of a policy (even where there is no legal or other requirement to do so), may consult with the school council during the policy development phase or may present policies to the school council for noting. Many policies in schools will be operational and some will contain requirements that apply to all Victorian government schools.
Our Education Sub Committee meets regularly, and its primary role is review and update school policy.