Yup, you have rights. Plenty of them.
All young people have the right to a quality education in Queensland.
There are safe guards built into the education system to make sure no one is slipping through the cracks. If you need help at school – even if the thing you need help with isn’t school-related, if it’s making it hard for you to succeed at school – you can talk to someone and they can help find a solution.
- State schools should be inclusive for student needs, and will be able to make ‘reasonable’ changes to ensure student needs are met. (You might be surprised what they are able to do to help, if you just ask.)
- You have the right to be treated equally and with respect. (Remember that works two ways, the best way to get respect is to give it.)
- You have human rights too. If things outside of school are getting too much, or if you need some extra support, you can still talk to your school counsellor, support staff or another adult you trust. They might be able to help you find the support you need, and they can definitely try to help make school a supportive place, when they know your situation.