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Process leading to refusal, non-renewal or cancellation of accreditation of a non-government school

An approved authority for a system of non-government schools considers any documentation provided by the member school and observations during a visit to the member school in order to form opinions about compliance with the requirements of the Act relating to the accreditation of the Record of School Achievement and/or the Higher School Certificate. When it is an approved authority's judgement that a new or established school has been unable to demonstrate compliance with the requirements, a representative of the authority will discuss these concerns with the principal (or equivalent) and proprietor (where appropriate) and provide an opportunity for the member school to provide further evidence of compliance.

If, following consideration of any further evidence of compliance the member school provides, the approved authority for the system of non-government schools has formed the judgement that the member school does not comply with the requirements of the Education Act in relation to accreditation of the Record of School Achievement and/or Higher School Certificate, the approved authority will prepare a report that includes advice that the application for renewal of accreditation of the member school be refused or the accreditation of the school be cancelled.

Where advice from the approved authority for the system of non-government schools is provided to the Registration Committee to refuse or cancel accreditation of a member school, the principal (or equivalent) and proprietor (where appropriate) of the member school will be given written notice detailing those accreditation requirements with which, in the opinion of the approved authority, the school does not comply. The principal (or equivalent) and proprietor (where appropriate) will be provided with the opportunity to make written comment to the Registration Committee regarding the advice of the approved authority.

If, following consideration of the Inspector's report and advice and the comments from the member school's principal (or equivalent) and proprietor (where appropriate), the Registration Committee, under delegation from the Board, is satisfied that the requirements of the Education Act in relation to accreditation are not being complied with, the Registration Committee will notify the principal (or equivalent) and proprietor (where appropriate) of the member school and the approved authority for the system of non-government schools that it intends the refusal of the application for initial, or renewal of, accreditation or to cancel accreditation.

The principal (or equivalent) and proprietor (where appropriate) of the member school may make an appeal against the decision of the Registration Committee (refer to section 11.2 of the Registration Systems and Member Non-government Schools (NSW) Manual).

Where the accreditation of a member school is cancelled or the renewal of accreditation is refused, parents of students at the school must be notified in writing that students who complete their secondary education at the school will not be eligible for a Record of School Achievement and the consequences of the school not being accredited for potential candidates for that credential.

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