Objective: Learners are supported to be curious, creative and empowered life-long learners.
Learning and wellbeing are deeply interrelated.
Creating a culture that promotes learning enables children and students to explore, experiment and engage actively in their learning environment.
There is a growing understanding of the importance of social and emotional wellbeing and the role of effective social and emotional competencies in learning and educational achievement.
School Social Workers engage with students and school communities to promote access, participation and engagement and the wellbeing of students through inclusive practice and the celebration of diversity.
School Social Workers have professional skills and knowledge in:
- Attendance and retention
Generally, students are referred to the School Social Worker by teaching or senior staff. Guardians can make referrals directly. Students can self-refer without parent consent however, it is considered best practice to inform, and work with, guardians.
School Psychologists have professional skills and knowledge in:
- Intellectual abilities of students with disability or exceptional ability
- Early identification of students with developmental delays
- Specific learning disorders
- Strategies and interventions to support targeted literacy, numeracy or extended learning
- Social and emotional learning
School Psychologists provide assessments of developmental, cognitive and educational functioning to assist learning plans and educational adjustments for student learning.
Speech and Language Pathologists are qualified and skilled in assessing, diagnosing and treating speech, language and feeding disorders and difficulties.
Inclusion and Diversity Services – coordinates quality services and support to ensure culturally responsive and inclusive learning settings for students with disability and students for whom English is an additional language. Specialist services include:
- Autism Consultants
- Hearing Services
- Inclusion and Access Coordinators
- Mediation and Liaison Service
- Speech and Language Pathologists
- Support Teachers
- Therapy in Schools Program
- Vision Services
- English as an Additional Language Support
Respectful Schools Support Team (RSST) leaders are allocated across primary schools, high schools, district high schools and colleges to support inclusive practice.
RSST leaders can provide advice, direction and support at a whole school level, for example:
- Establishing and maintaining an inclusive, respectful culture
- Positive behaviour support
- Student engagement
- Trauma informed practice
- Student support structures and processes
RSST leaders can also provide advice, direction and support at an individual level, for example:
- Observations and recommendations (behavioural, educational adjustments, learning plans)
- Collaborative team involvement and planning
- “At the shoulder” support
RSST will consult and collaborate with Professional Support Staff, other Support Teams and external agencies as appropriate.
While allocations have only been made to primary schools, high schools, district high schools and colleges, RSST can provide support to Child and Family Centres, Specialist Schools and Programs.
School Health Nurses support schools, families and communities to help foster healthy choices, (physical, social and emotional), to create positive outcomes and a culture of lifelong learning. Primary School Nurses focus on: kindergarten assessments, hearing and vision screening, developmental checks, local/state/national health promotion initiatives, targeted screening and health education aligned with the Australian Curriculum. Secondary School Nurses focus on: health education aligned with the Australian Curriculum, including healthy relationships, mental health and wellbeing, body image, nutrition, local/state and national health promotion initiatives, targeted screening and positive parenting programs.
Suite of Good Teaching resources developed by DoE:
- Good Teaching: Differentiated Classroom Practice – Learning for All
- Good Teaching: Inclusive Schools – Disability Focus
- Good Teaching: Inclusive Teaching for Students with Disability
- Good Teaching Guide: Trauma Informed Practice
Australian Curriculum, General Capabilities: Personal and Social Capability