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Policy and Practice include all the written policies and practices that guide teaching practice and behavioural management. For example, they include the behavioural management policy, the use of rewards and awards, the homework policy and practice.

The policy and practices held by a school shape the level of equity within that school in addition to supporting either a focus on process or on outcomes. Policies and practices dictate the importance placed on play and creativity, the value placed on competition and the need for control over cohesion and autonomy. For example, a school policy that does not include the use of rewards to motivate students is one that supports intrinsic motivation and equity far more than a policy that rewards the 'top' students and places everyone in a competitive hierarchy.

 

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