Student Support Groups

Purpose of this policy

To provide support for a student with behaviour or attendance related issues.

Policy

Schools must provide support for students at risk of attendance or behaviour related issues.

Elements

This table describes the key elements of student support groups.

Element

Description

Aims

To develop an understanding of the student and to:

  • collect data that will inform decision-making
  • identify the student’s requirements:
    - learning, social, emotional, behavioural and environmental
    - for support or resources
  • involve key staff
  • develop and ensure support for an Individual Learning Plan
  • support referrals to community agencies for specialist intervention.

Who attends

Meetings of student support groups must involve the:

  • parents/carers or any adult with whom the student regularly resides
  • student (when appropriate)
  • school principal (or delegate)
  • student’s main classroom teacher, form/home-room teacher or year level coordinator
  • professionals who have been supporting the student or their family including students in out-of-home care. These professionals may include the student welfare coordinator, psychologist, youth worker, Department of Human Services case manager.

See: Partnering Agreement for Students in Out-of-Home Care

Role of parent/carer advocate

A parent/guardian/carer may be accompanied and supported by an advocate to assist their full participation in planning and supporting the student’s program and in making decisions about the student.

The role of the parent/guardian/carer(s) advocate in the Student Support Group is a constructive, supportive and enabling one. It may include:

  • encouraging the sharing of the parent/guardian/carer(s) knowledge, skills and perceptions about the student with the Student Support Group
  • ·discussing any difficulties or uncertainties being experienced by the parent/guardian/carer(s) in participating in the Student Support Group
    assisting the development of a co-operative and collaborative working relationship between the parent/guardian/carer(s) and the school community
  • assisting the parent/guardian/carer(s) to understand Department of Education and Training procedures
  • linking the parent/guardian/ carer(s) with relevant services and organisations.

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