REVEALED: Top North Burnett schools for student suspensions
JUST over 600 suspensions have been dished out to students in the North Burnett region in a five-year period, new data has revealed.
Burnett State College topped the small list with just 261 suspensions, which included 232 short suspensions, 15 long suspensions and 2 exclusions.
The data comes as the South Burnett Times and Courier Mail reveal a staggering 374,506 suspensions have been given to students across five years – three times as that of the ACT and twice as many as NSW schools.
In the South Burnett region, 12 schools handed out 665 suspensions between 2015 and 2019.
Biggenden State School recorded the second highest number of suspensions with 111, while Mundubbera State School issued 104 suspensions.
Monto State School, with 52, and Eidsvold State School, 50, round out the top five schools for the region.
QUT education expert Professor Linda Graham said the suspension rates were “way too high”, as per 1000 students, the ACT had 58.05 suspensions, NSW had 87.62 and Queensland had 150.37 suspensions.
She said suspensions were not effective in resolving student behavioural problems.
“It either doesn’t solve it, or makes the problem worse and reinforces the behaviour, we know that it doesn’t work and there are better alternatives,” she said.
Professor Graham said preventive strategies were required to teach students the skills to manage their own behaviour.
“We need to explicitly teach them about what behaviour expectations are and ways to avoid breaking those,” she said.