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• How is the school responding to
• What is being done to protect students/
• What is being done to ensure this never
• How do we protect the reputation of
the school without appearing heartless?
When dealing with the media, there are a
few unbreakable rules.
• Never say “no comment”. That’s
not to say you can’t get back to the
journalist after you have researched
their questions, but ‘no comment’
immediately labels you guilty.
• Never speak “off the record”. Do not
say anything you are not prepared to
have printed or recorded.
• Always be polite, helpful and honest
(without damaging your school’s
• Always keep your focus on the
well-being of the students, and avoid
discussion of fees, financial losses, and
other cold hard facts.
• Have only one spokesperson, preferably
the Principal, but if the Principal is
not by nature warm and engaging,
then a member of the school’s senior
executive, nominated by the Principal.
You might not have a risk-management
policy to cover all of the issues outlined
above, but I would encourage you to have
a prepared statement on each of them.
For example, there was a recent article on
school uniforms as part of the back-to-
school type articles that appear every year.
Would you be ready if a newspaper rang
you asking why you had not changed the
uniform since 1975 or why students did
not wear hats to and from school given
our serious problems with skin cancer?
Do you have a succinct statement on your
school’s stance on bullying? Is it short,
sharp and easily understood?
How do you handle questions on fees?
When the annual article comes out about
private school fees going up by 7%, did
your school take the media phone call?
How do you make an increase in school
fees sound positive?
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in simple, easily understood chunks
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