Schools must develop an individual education plan (IEP) for every student in out-of-home care. This plan should be developed by the student support group (SSG).
The purpose of an IEP is to describe a set of strategies to address the particular educational needs of the child or young person in out of home care.
“ We meet once a term. Corey is a vital part of each meeting. It's important that he knows the meetings are not just adults making decisions for him,” - Barry, Student Welfare Coordinator.
To download a copy of the individual education plan template, see:
Developing an IEP is an opportunity to recognise and discuss social and behavioural difficulties and concerns a child may have.
The IEP should:
- outline a meaningful educational program
- be age appropriate, holistic in its approach, flexible and future orientated
- consider key long-term goals that reflect learning outcomes in social, academic and life skills development
- establish short-term goals that will lead sequentially to the achievement of long-term goals
- ensure that the goals are measurable, achievable, supported, time-framed and aim to retain the student at school
- clearly articulate individual and shared responsibilities
- provide guidance for the student support group (SSG)
- contain a record of important decisions, actions, student behaviour and progress
- be a useful transition tool
- be reviewed every six months at minimum, or as regularly as needed.
For a useful reference when planning an IEP, see: looking after children