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What to expect from your child’s school

As a parent, you can help your child know what to expect from school. Find out more about inclusive education spaces and student support at school below.

  • School should be a safe, supportive and welcoming environment for every child.
  • Every child should feel valued, irrespective of their personal circumstances.
  • Every child should be able to participate in learning with similar-aged children, supported by teaching that meets their individual needs.
  • Every school should have high expectations for every student.
  • Every school should support children from all social, cultural, community and family backgrounds, and of all identities and all abilities.
  • Every child should be able to learn in a safe and supportive environment, free from bullying, discrimination or harassment.
  • Every child should be able to achieve academically and socially with reasonable changes and supports tailored to meet their learning needs.

Schools must work with students, parents and caregivers

Every Queensland school must work with parents and caregivers as respected and valued partners in a child’s education. As a parent or caregiver, you are entitled to have a voice and to be heard. Your views should always be considered in decision-making about your child’s education.

Every child is welcome

The Department of Education, the government body responsible for Queensland’s state school system, has an ‘Inclusive education policy’ which outlines its commitment to every child. You can read the inclusion policy online.

What to do if your child is refused entry to their local state school

Your local Department of Education regional office can help you work out your next steps, or you can read more about enrolling in a state school here.

Last Updated: 21 June 2022