From Term 1 2017, Victorian government and catholic schools will use the new Victorian Curriculum F-10. This page is currently being reviewed and may be subject to change.
For more information on the curriculum, see:
The Victorian Curriculum F–10 - VCAA
Funding for the Primary Welfare Officer Initiative has been expanded for 2012-14, with the Victorian Government committing to the employment of an additional 150 Primary Welfare Officers in addition to the 256 Primary Welfare Officers already employed.
The Primary Welfare Officer Initiative is designed to enhance the capacity of schools to develop positive school cultures and to support students who are at risk of disengagement and not achieving their educational potential. Eligible schools are provided with funding to employ a Primary Welfare Officer, which may be an existing staff member, or new staff member.
Primary Welfare Officers promote a whole school approach to health and wellbeing within the school community and work in collaboration with students and parents, school staff including principals, teachers, aides, specialist staff, nurses and student support services officers and with broader community agencies.
The initiative complements and extends existing programs that enhance student health and wellbeing, engagement, retention, academic achievement and the acquisition of life skills.
The Victorian Government’s current priorities for the Primary Welfare Officer Initiative are to:
- tackle bullying
- support students with behavioural, mental health and welfare issues.
- Student Engagement and Inclusion Guidance - The Student Engagement and Inclusion Guidance helps schools to develop the required Student Engagement Policy to help promote student engagement, attendance and positive behaviours in Victorian government schools.
- Bullystoppers- supports parents, teachers and principals in working together to make sure schools are safe and supportive places, where everyone is empowered to help reduce the incidence of bullying in all Victorian schools.
- Student Attendance - Every Day Counts - focuses on initiatives to promote student attendance at school. - focuses on initiatives to promote student attendance at school.
- Mental Health – Promoting Healthy Minds for Living and Learning materials to support staff in promoting and creating environments conducive to mental health.
- Student Support Services – assist children and young people facing a range of barriers to learning to achieve their educational and developmental potential by providing a range of strategies and specialised support at individual, group, school and network levels.