Whole School Engagement Strategies and Supports

From Term 1 2017, Victorian government and Catholic schools will use the new Victorian Curriculum F-10. Curriculum related information is currently being reviewed and may be subject to change.

For more information on the curriculum, see:
The Victorian Curriculum F–10 - VCAA

Behaviour

Positive Behaviour Support

School-wide Positive Behaviour Support (SWPBS) is an evidence-based framework for preventing and responding to student behaviour. It aims to create a positive school climate, a culture of student competence and an open, responsive management system for all school community members. It includes analysis of data in professional learning teams, implementation of evidence based practices and organisational systems for establishing safe, purposeful and inclusive school and classroom learning environments while providing the individual behaviour and learning supports needed to achieve academic and social success for all students.

Over the next two years, the Department is helping Victorian schools to implement SWPBS. For more information on this initiative, see: School-wide Positive Behaviour Support

In 2014, 70 schools received grants to implement SWPBS by participating in a two-year program. Each school will work with a ‘mentor’ school already running SWPBS. See: List of the participating schools (docx - 31 (docx - 31.15kb)

For more general information on SWPBS and how it can be applied in schools, see: SWPBS for Beginners

Restorative Practice

Restorative practice developed in the justice system as an approach to dealing with offending behaviour that focused on offenders taking responsibility for their behaviour and taking action to repair the harm they caused. In schools, restorative practice is used as a strategy for maintaining healthy relationships and to repair relationships that have been damaged. It may be applied at a whole-school or classroom level and in responding to challenging behaviour or bullying by individual students.

For more information, see: Restorative Practice

Bullying and peer relationship issues

Bully Stoppers

Bully Stoppers is the Department's online resource dedicated to bullying prevention. Developed by a range of experts, it provides advice for teachers, parents and students on how to identify, respond to and prevent bullying in their school community, see: Bully Stoppers

The National Safe Schools Framework

The National Safe Schools Framework is a set of guiding principles for safe and supportive school communities. The principles help schools to promote student wellbeing, develop respectful relationships and create schools secure from harassment, aggression, violence and bullying. For the online toolkit which provides the necessary skills and knowledge to build a positive and supportive school culture, see: The Student Wellbeing Hub

Health promotion

Healthy Together Achievement Program

An initiative to support schools to create healthier environments for learning. It can assist schools to integrate health and wellbeing activities into strategic and annual plans to improve student engagement and wellbeing outcomes. The Achievement Program provides an evidence-based framework and resources to support schools to take a whole-school approach to promoting health and improving student engagement and wellbeing. This includes supporting the health and wellbeing of students, staff and families through learning, policies, creating a healthy physical and social environment, and developing community links and partnerships. See: Healthy Together Achievement Program

KidsMatter

A mental health and wellbeing framework for primary schools and early childhood education and care services. See: Kids Matter

Mind Matters

A whole school approach to mental health promotion in secondary schools. See: Mind Matters

Who can help?

Primary Welfare Officers

Primary Welfare Officers promote a whole school approach to health and wellbeing within the school community and work in collaboration with students, parents, school based and specialist staff and principals with broader community agencies. For more information, see: Primary Welfare Officers

Primary and Secondary School Nurses

Primary school nurses visit schools throughout the year to provide children with health assessments, information and advice about healthy behaviours and link children and families to community-based health and wellbeing services.The Secondary School Nursing Program (SSNP) aims to reduce risk to young people and promote better health in the wider community. Approximately two thirds of government secondary schools participate in the SSNP with the program targeted to Victoria’s most disadvantaged schools.For more information, see: School Nurses

Student Welfare Coordinator

All government secondary schools should have a Student Welfare Coordinator. They can assist with issues such as school non-attendance, drug use, bullying and depression.They can also provide guidance on which supports can best address the needs of vulnerable students, see: Student Welfare Coordinator

For more information, see: Support in Schools