The Principals’ Portal allows authorised school users to submit new or updated school comments. These submissions are the only method of collection of this content by ACARA for publication on the My School website.
Quality assurance (QA) of school comments should be completed by the school prior to uploading to the Principals’ Portal. The school will confirm QA completion on the site by marking a check box on the comments editor page. It is the responsibility of school principals to ensure that comments uploaded to the Principal’s Portal have been approved by the relevant authority.
ACARA undertakes QA checks on school comments, reserving the right to reject the supplied text where it exceeds the character limit or has grammatical, style or content issues.
The text editor allows basic formatting of comments text, including font style, clear paragraphs with hard returns and the use of bullet points lists. The text editor page displays both the currently published school comment on My School and a free-text box for entering a new or updated comment.
Please note: for security reasons, the website will time out after 15 minutes of inactivity. Please prepare your school comment in a Word document and then paste the text to the school comments text box to submit for publication.
If you experience ongoing issues submitting edited comments for publication, email the comments to [email protected] with a contact name, telephone number and school name. ACARA's portal support team will submit these comments on your behalf.
School comments may be up to 5,000 characters in length, including spaces. The text editor is a basic word processing tool and comments need to be input as ’plain text'. Plain text format recognises a limited set of symbols and formatting marks, which includes elements such as hard returns and bullet point lists. Please note hyperlinks will not work in your school profile comment.
A school profile is intended for a general audience and should be written in plain English, avoiding bureaucratic or technical terms.
Typically, a school profile presents key aspects of a school, including its mission, values and focus.
The text may also include:
Introductory phrases for formulating text may include:
Principals may also wish to describe school improvement strategies. Some of these may be linked to students’ NAPLAN results. Comments may begin with phrases such as:
When drafting their comments for the My School website, make sure you consider the privacy of their students and teachers. Identification of particular students or teachers may be a breach of the Privacy Act and in some situations could be considered defamatory.
Privacy guidelines to follow when drafting comments include:
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