A new way of building better schools and it's free!

  • A new policy book is freely available for schools world-wide
  • 38 ready-to-use policies from more than 70 contributors
  • A time-saving essential resource of ready-made policy

School staff usually find writing policy challenging, especially post-COVID. They’re time-poor, sometimes under resourced and information from research is rarely ready to be implemented.

School staff and teachers often don’t have the time to access and translate the latest research, however thanks to a new resource led by Monash University’s Faculty of Education researchers, writing school policy can be easy and free.

Building Better Schools with Evidence-based Policy: Adaptable Policy for Teachers and School Leaders is a new policy book freely available for schools world-wide. It’s an ultimate cheat-sheet for people working or hoping to work in schools.

Educational and Developmental Psychologist and Lead Editor, Dr Kelly-Ann Allen, from the Faculty of Education, says the book can be downloaded and used without copyright limitations.

“This book provides a novel and comprehensive compendium of policies that schools can adapt and tailor to their specific needs. It addresses a critical gap in school policy internationally and aims to build better schools by allowing schools to easily embed evidence-based practices. The book is a time-saving resource of ready-made policy,” Dr Allen said.

The policies cover a broad range of popular topics for schools including student wellbeing interventions, alcohol and other drug use, excellence in indigenous education, the use of therapy dogs and digital devices in the classroom.

The book contains 38 ready-to-use policies from more than 70 multidisciplinary contributors. Each contributor is research-active in the area they’ve written about, which means each policy outlines best-practices from current research understandings. It guides users in creating their own policies, unique to their setting and a basic policy template is also provided.

“One key advantage of this book is that each policy has been reviewed by individuals considered to be ultimate users of the policy. This group of practitioner reviewers provided essential feedback that complemented the work of the researcher/academic contributor teams. The book is a glowing example of research-to-practice,” says Dr Allen.

“Each policy details salient and succinctly synthesised research on areas that are important to educational contexts. The information within is relevant to everyone working in schools. It’s an essential resource for those who are called upon to write policy.”

Building Better Schools with Evidence-based Policy: Adaptable Policy for Teachers and School Leaders book is freely available due to the following major sponsors: The Homeless Project, Black Dog Institute, Communities that Care, Psychological Assessments Australia, the Australian Psychological Society’s Psychologists in Schools Interest Group, and the Global Belonging Collaborative.

The book is available to download.