Student Wellbeing and Engagement Policy (2022)


Purpose


The purpose of this policy is to ensure that all students and members of our school community understand:

  • our commitment to providing a safe and supportive learning environment for students
  • expectations for positive student behaviour
  • support available to students and families
  • our school’s policies and procedures for responding to inappropriate student behaviour.

Laburnum Primary School is committed to providing a safe, secure and stimulating learning environment for all students.  We understand that students reach their full potential only when they are happy, healthy and safe, and that a positive school culture helps to engage students and support them in their learning. Our school acknowledges that student wellbeing and student learning outcomes are closely linked.

 

The objective of this policy is to support our school to create and maintain a safe, supportive and inclusive school environment consistent with our school’s values.

 

Scope

 

This policy applies to all school activities, including camps and excursions.

 

Contents:

  1. School profile
  2. School values, philosophy and vision
  3. Engagement strategies
  4. Identifying students in need of support
  5. Student rights and responsibilities
  6. Student behavioural expectations
  7. Engaging with families
  8. Evaluation

Policy

 

1. School Profile

Laburnum Primary School was established in 1964 and is set in an attractive bushland setting which flows naturally into the parkland of Blacks Walk, part of Blackburn Creek. The grounds are approximately 2.8 hectares in area. As a result of the 2018 School Review, and with community input, the school's vision and values were renewed. Our vision is Learn - Thrive - Contribute and the school's values are Respect, Integrity, Resilience and Curiosity.

Laburnum P.S. is a child safe school and all staff are expected to play an important role in ensuring a child safe environment. The school’s child safety practices, including the child safety code of conduct.

As of May 2022, the current enrolment is 713, organised into 32 classes, with 42 teaching staff, 3 principal class and 9 education support staff.  The staff profile is well-balanced, with a mix of experienced and newer-to-the-profession teachers in each team. The proportion of students with a language background other than English (LBOTE) has been increasing over recent years. Currently, 45% of students have English as an Additional Language (EAL) and speak another language at home, and more than half of these were born in Australia. The backgrounds of students reflect the cultural and social diversity of the local community.  

 

Our students enjoy outstanding facilities, including air-conditioned classrooms with wireless technology. The school is well-maintained and core buildings have been extended and modernised. Some relocatable classrooms assist us to manage enrolments, and these are well-blended into the existing provision. School facilities include a stadium sized hall, a modern community centre, a contemporary resource centre, a heritage listed performing arts centre, Visual Arts room, Out of School Hours Care Centre, a new school-funded STEM Centre and extensive play areas.  Playgrounds include a synthetic grass oval, shaded areas and marked court areas. Many of the school improvements are due to the ongoing support of the community, through active fundraising.

Laburnum P.S. has worked to develop rigorous expectations and support structures to provide consistent high quality teaching and learning practices. The 2018 - 2021 school strategic plan is the foundation of the staff professional learning plan. Laburnum became a Victorian Professional Learning Communities (PLC) school in 2018, and teachers plan and work collaboratively to assess, monitor and track student achievement. Teachers participate in Peer Observation and established mentoring and induction programs.

The school has an established leadership team that supports teams of teachers to implement school-wide consistent approaches to wellbeing and academic learning.

The school’s curriculum framework incorporates the Victorian Curriculum, with a strong emphasis on Literacy and Numeracy. Specialist programs include Literacy Intervention, Music, Visual Arts, Physical Education, Library and Languages (Spanish). The eLearning program is designed to equip students with the essential competencies for learning in the 21st century using a range of devices.  These include iPads, netbooks, 3D printers and large screen technologies.

A broad enrichment program includes a range of extra-curricular offerings, including an extensive music tuition program and Science-based activities. Year 4, 5 and 6 students have the opportunity to participate in school camps. The student leadership program includes Junior School Council and captaincy positions for Year 6 students. A formal student leadership program is taught in Years 5 and 6. Across the school, we operate a Buddies program and cross-age teams. 

 

2. School Values

Our agreed whole school values are:

  • Respect

We care for ourselves, others and the environment

We are kind, accepting and understanding

 

  • Integrity

We are honest and trustworthy

We are fair to everyone

 

  • Resilience

We have a positive attitude

We learn from our experiences and move forward

 

  • Curiosity

We are eager to know and learn

We inquire, question and challenge

 

 

Our school vision is:

 

Learn * Thrive * Contribute

 

Everyone actively learning, thriving and contributing

 

These values were implemented at the beginning of 2018. Students learn to understand what these values mean in the classroom, playground and community through the Ready to Learn program, which takes place with a 3-week intensive program at the beginning of the school year and followed up regularly, including at the beginning of each term.

 

 

3. Engagement Strategies

Laburnum Primary School has developed a range of strategies to promote engagement, an inclusive and safe environment, positive behaviour, and respectful relationships for all students in our school. We recognise the importance of student friendships and peer support in helping children and students feel safe and less isolated. We acknowledge that some students may need extra social, emotional or educational support at school, and that the needs of students will change over time as they grow and learn.

 

A summary of the universal (whole of school), targeted (year group specific) and individual engagement strategies used by our school is included below:



 

Universal: Strategies which are in place for all students

 

Targeted: Strategies which are in place for groups of students as per their needs

 

Intensive/Individual: Strategies which are in place for individual students as per their needs

 

 

The school implements the School Wide Positive Behaviour Support (SWPBS) and Response to Intervention (RTI) frameworks, which include programs and interventions such as:

 

Universal Targeted Individual

  Attendance

  Clever Classrooms

  eSmart

  Extracurricular Programs

  LPS Positive Behaviours Matrix

  Primary Preventions

  Professional Learning Communities

  Ready to Learn program

  Resilience, Rights and Respectful                    Relationships

  Restorative Practice

  Specialist Programs

  Sports/Health & Wellbeing

  STARS

  Student Awards

  Whole School Assemblies

  Buddies

  Education Suport Porgrams

  EAL Support

  Friendship seat

  Green Team

  Human Development/Health     Education

  Individual Learning Plans

  Junior School Council

  Life Education

  Literacy Intervention

  Peer Mediation

  Prep – Year 5 Transition

  Social Skills group

  Student Leadership

  Transition Programs – Kindergarten &          Year 6

 

  Attendance Improvement Plans

  Behaviour Support Plans

  EAL Support

  Literacy Intervention

  Play Therapy

  Speech Therapy Assistance     (STA)

  Student Integration Support

  Student Support Group     meetings

  Student Support Services (DET            Inner East regional resource)

 

 

Universal

 

Attendance

Classrooms are open for students from 8:50am each morning. Parents are welcome to accompany their children into the classrooms. This encourages students to greet the teacher and each other before organising themselves to be ready for learning prior to the 9am bell.

 

Clever Classrooms

The school follows this evidence-based approach that is structured around appropriate levels of stimulation (e.g. complexity and colour), individualisation (e.g. ownership, flexibility and connection) and naturalness (e.g. light, temperature, and air quality). The research found these factors can account for a 16% variation in learning progress across one year.

 

eSmart

The school has eSmart accreditation. Year 6 students complete an eSmart Digital Licence program. Students are provided with eSmart information through Digital Technology units of work. Guest speakers have provided information to students, staff and parents.

 

Extracurricular Programs

The school runs a range of extracurricular programs and activities for students, before school and during lunch times. These currently include State School Spectacular, choir, Library, school bands, Joggers Club, Spanish Club and Art Club. Extensive in-school music tuition is also offered for Years 1 – 6 students by private tutors within the school day. Extracurricular offerings are updated each year on the school website and in LPS eNews.

 

LPS Positive Behaviours Matrix (see Appendix A)

These expectations are a set of overarching school-wide social skills that are based around our school values of Respect, Integrity, Curiosity and Resilience.

These school-wide expected behaviours are explicitly taught, modelled, practised and acknowledged by all teachers across the school. Signage is found around the school to prompt teachers to positively reinforce these behaviours, as well as prompting students.

 

Primary Preventions

Throughout the school year, all teachers review a checklist of universal strategies that promote positive behaviours and success within the classroom, such as classroom layout, daily routines, visual schedules and other preventative elements. This checklist serves as a valuable tool to guide individual and whole school professional development, including peer observations.

 

Ready to Learn

The first three weeks of the school year are dedicated to the Ready to Learn program. Classroom expectations are developed with the students in each class and time is spent building relationships from student to student and student to teacher. Teachers use this time to conference with students in key areas of the curriculum.

 

Resilience, Rights and Respectful Relationships - 4Rs Wellbeing Program

This program was designed by Melbourne University and forms the core, explicit teaching of Wellbeing at all levels. The resource is a DET resource. Content areas include; Emotional Literacy, Personal Strengths, Positive Coping, Problem Solving, Stress Management, Help Seeking, Gender and Identity and Positive Gender Relations.

 

Restorative Practice Model

The school solves playground and classroom disputes using the Restorative Practice model. Based on a justice model, the focus is on repairing the relationship and providing opportunities for both parties to explain what has happened. A set of prompts is used by the teacher. Staff have received professional learning in this model and will continue to have this training updated.

 

Specialist Program

The school runs an extensive Specialist Curriculum program. Students have Specialist lessons for Art, PE, Music, Spanish and Library.

 

Sports/Health & Wellbeing programs & events

The school offers a range of interschool sporting opportunities to promote wider community engagement and specific sporting skill development, including swimming, cross country and Year 6 seasonal sport. Health and wellbeing is enhanced in classrooms through mindfulness activities and class circle time.

 

STARS

During term 3, STARS (Student Teams Are Really Special) sessions run every third week. Students from P-6 are placed in a STARS group and allocated a STARS teacher. Activities are run with assistance from Year 6 students. Year 6 leaders work with a Year 6 teacher to develop the activities. Focus is on fun, engaging activities which are environmentally sustainable. STARS groupings remain the same from year to year, with the exception of new students being added to the groups.

 

Student Awards

Awards are presented weekly at assembly by class and specialist teachers. Student awards are aligned to the school values of Respect, Integrity, Curiosity and Resilience.

 

Whole School Assembly

Weekly assembly is usually held on Friday afternoons. Parents and families are welcome to attend. Assembly is led by Year 6 Leaders and provides the school community to engage with a range of things happening around the school.

 

 

Targeted

 

Buddies - Prep – Year 6

From terms 2 - 4, Prep and Year 6 classes meet weekly for a Buddies session. All Prep students are allocated a Year 6 Buddy. Buddy sessions have a focus on building relationships and Year 6 students mentoring their younger buddy.

 

EAL

EAL (English as an Additional Language) students are supported via their classroom program and additional teacher training. Teachers use a range of resources, including the EAL continuum, to support the learning of students who are new to English. Eligible students may attend a language school, such as Blackburn English Language School for an intensive English program. All cultural and linguistically diverse students are supported to feel safe and included in our school.

 

Friendship Seat

The Alannah and Madeleine Foundation purple ‘Friendship Seat’ sits in the sensory garden near the office ramp. This can be used as a meeting place or for students who are looking for a friend during play times.

 

Green Team

Laburnum PS has an extensive kitchen garden located behind the Art room. Each class has an elected Green Team representative. Green Team members meet during lunch time once a week to care and maintain the garden, developing their knowledge and understanding of sustainability and environment. The Green Team is supported by a teacher and parent volunteers.

 

Human Development/Health Education

An external provider delivers human development lessons to Year 5 and 6 students every second year. Family nights for students in Years 1 - 4 are also held.

 

Individual Learning Plans (ILPs)

Students who are working 6 months or more below the expected level in Maths and English will have an Individual Learning Plan devised by their classroom teacher. Individual Learning Plans are reviewed on a 5-weekly basis. Individual Learning Plans are devised with one smart goal and list the ways in which the student will be supported to achieve the goal. Students provide the teacher with input about the things which help them to learn.

 

International Students

Laburnum Primary School is an accredited provider of education under the International Student Program (ISP). The ISP enables approved international students to enrol in accredited Victorian government schools. Students enrolled under the Department’s International student program are supported in accordance with our legal obligations and Department guidelines at: International Student Program

 

Junior School Council

Junior School Council members are elected each year by their class mates to represent them at regular lunchtime meetings. The Council organises whole school events, such as Laburnum’s Got Talent, and decides where funds raised from donations should be allocated.

 

Life Education

The Life Education van visits Laburnum annually. Programs based on healthy living, positive choices and relationships are delivered by a Life Education educator for P - Year 5 students.

 

Literacy Intervention

Students identified as requiring intervention in English are supported by an Intervention program. This intervention may be small group or individualised to cater for targeted needs of students.

 

LGBTIQ+

We provide a positive and respectful learning environment for our students who identify as LGBTIQ+ and follow the Department’s policy on LGBTIQ+ students.

 

Out of Home Care Supports

All students in Out of Home Care are supported in accordinace with the Department’s policy on Supporting Students in Out-of-Home Care, including being appointed a Learning Mentor, having an Individual Learning Plan and a Student Support Group (SSG) and being referred to Student Support Services for an Educational Needs Assessment.

 

Peer Mediation

Year 5 students nominate for a Peer Mediator role at the beginning of the year. Students who are selected take part in Peer Mediation training (provided by an external agency) which supports them in the role. Students are then rostered onto lunch time duty in the East playground. They support younger students to resolve problems or help students to find friends. This program is overseen by a Year 5 teacher.

 

Social Skills

The targeted and short term social skills groups focus on a variety of topics, including interpersonal skills, problem solving and conflict resolution. Students who participate in this small group often develop a stronger sense of belonging to a social group and a more positive attitude towards school. This group intervention is run by our Play Therapist.

 

Student Leadership

Students in Years 5 and 6 take part in a Student Leadership program to help develop their leadership skills. Year 6 students nominate for a range of leadership positions during term 4 in Year 5. Students write speeches outlining their leadership qualities and present these to the Senior School cohort. Students from the Senior School and teachers vote and students are selected. Year 6 leaders have a range of roles which they carry out during their final year.

 

Students with Disability

Students with a disability are supported to be able to engage fully in their learning and school activities in accordance with the Department’s policy on Students with Disability, such as through reasonable adjustments to support access to learning programs, consultation with families and, where required, students support groups and individual education plans.

 

Transition Programs for Prep and Year 6 students

Transition programs run throughout the year for Prep and Year 6 students. Teachers in these year levels are involved in the process, including speaking with Kindergarten and Year 7 teachers. Information for parents, including information evenings is provided. Kindergarten students visit LPS during term 4. Year 6 students also visit their new high schools during term 4, as well as engaging in our ‘Step Up’ week for secondary school readiness.

 

Transition: Prep - Year 5

During term 4, students from Prep – Year 5 take part in the school wide transition program. Students spend several sessions moving up to the year ahead, giving students a chance to meet new teachers, experience a new level, ask questions and find out what their new school year might be like. Teachers use this time to observe groupings and provide feedback for class selection.

 

 

Individual/Intensive

 

Behaviour Support Plans (BSPs)

Students who require support to manage their behaviour will have a BSP devised by the class teacher. The plan outlines details about the student, the behaviour being targeted and strategies to support the student. Plans are developed in consultation with parents and details of strategies are provided to all teachers involved with the student, e.g. Specialist Teachers. BSPs are reviewed termly.

 

Education Support Staff (ESS)

The school has a wide range of ESS who support students across the school. These include Integration Aides who work with funded students, administration staff, first aid officer, ICT support, multicultural aide.

 

Multicultural aide

The school employs a multicultural aide to support school administration, parents and students speaking Mandarin, and ensures Laburnum meets the requirements of the DET International Student Program.

 

Play Therapy

The school employs a Play Therapist to support students with additional social, emotional, behavioural or learning needs.

 

Speech Therapy Assistance (STA)

A speech pathologist attends school weekly to design targeted, individualised language programs for identified students. This 1:1 program is then implemented throughout the week by Educational Support staff.

 

Student Support Group Meetings (SSGs)

Students who are deemed to be at risk with an aspect of their academic, social or emotional development will have a SSG meeting once per term. These meetings involve parents, class teacher, assistant principal and any other professionals who may support the student (Student Support Services Officers for example). Parents provide an update on how the child is going in the home setting, class teachers discuss how the child is progressing in the classroom and goals and strategies are discussed to support the student. Information about available services might be provided to families.

 

Student Support Services

This DET resource includes psychologists, social workers, speech pathologists and other external professionals to support student engagement and wellbeing, academically and behaviourally. Information regarding individual students is collected from parents and teachers to inform possible assessments, interventions and supports.

 

  1. Identifying students in need of support

PLC – data analysis

Each year level meets weekly to discuss and plan for the needs of all students. Focusing on the areas of Reading, Writing, Spelling and Mathematics, a range of data is collected through classroom assessments. Teachers then analyse and use this data to plan teaching to align with the Victorian Curriculum and the needs of students.

 

6 months below expected level – ILP

Any students who are working six months or more below the expected level in Maths or English will have an ILP (Individual Learning Plan) prepared. The ILP will have a SMART goal for the student to meet and a range of strategies to support the student. ILPs are provided to and discussed with parents/carers. ILPs are reviewed every 5 weeks.

 

Behaviour Support Plans

Any students who require support to manage their behaviour will have a BSP (Behaviour Support Plan). BSPs list behaviours to target and strategies to support the student. BSPs are written with input from parents/carers and updated termly.

 

SSG meetings

Parents of students identified as having complex learning or wellbeing needs will have a termly SSG (Student Support Group) meeting with the class teacher and Assistant Principal. Other relevant professionals may be involved in these meetings. These meetings allow parents to provide an overview of how their child is going at home, including any external services the child may be accessing. The class teacher provides an update of how the student is going in the school setting. Together, goals and strategies are discussed.

 

Learning Consultants

The school employs a range of Learning Consultants to work with staff. Learning Consultants are employed to build staff capacity in areas aligning to the school AIP (Annual Implementation Plan). Learning Consultants may present to staff during Student Free Days, Professional Practice Days, after school Professional Learning sessions or during PLC meetings.

 

Attitudes to School Survey

Students in Years 4-6 complete the Attitudes to School Survey. The survey results provide data about student engagement and wellbeing. This information is used to plan programs, interventions and staff professional learning.

 

 

  1. Student rights and responsibilities

     

     

      Rights

     

      Responsibilities

      

      Students

     

    • participate fully in their education
    • feel safe, secure and happy at school
    • learn in an environment free from bullying, harassment, violence, discrimination or intimidation
    • express their ideas, feelings and concerns.

    • participate fully in their educational program
    • display positive behaviours that demonstrate respect for themselves, their peers, their teachers and members of the school community
    • respect the right of others to learn.

      Parents & Carers

     

    • participate fully in their child’s education
    • feel safe, secure and happy when in the school environment
    • express their ideas, feelings and concerns

     

    • provide the school with relevant information about their child
    • ensure their child’s regular and punctual attendance at school support the school in maintaining and promoting a safe and respectful environment for all members of the school community

     

      Teachers

     

    • teach in a safe and orderly environment
    • be provided with relevant information about the students they teach

     

    • know the students they teach and how they learn
    • plan and assess for effective teaching and learning
    • provide a safe environment for the students they teach communicate relevant information to parents and carers

All members of our school community have a right to experience a safe and supportive school environment. We expect that all students, staff, parents and carers treat each other with respect and dignity. Our school’s Statement of Values highlights the rights and responsibilities of members of our community. The Respect for School Staff Policy outlines expectations for appropriate interactions with school staff.

 

Students who may have a complaint or concern about something that has happened at school are encouraged to speak to their parents or carers and approach a trusted teacher or a member of the school leadership team. Further information about raising a complaint or concern is available in our Concerns & Complaints Policy.

  1. Student behavioural expectations and management

Behavioural expectations of students, staff and families are grounded in our school’s Statement of Values/Student code of conduct. Responses to alleged bullying behaviour will be consistent with Laburnum Primary School’s  Bullying Prevention Policy.

 

When a student acts in breach of the behaviour standards of our school community, Laburnum Primary School will institute a staged response, consistent with the Department’s Student Engagement and Inclusion Guidelines. Where appropriate, parents will be informed about the inappropriate behaviour and the disciplinary action taken by teachers and other school staff.

 

Disciplinary measures may be used as part of a staged response to inappropriate behaviour in combination with other engagement and support strategies to ensure that factors that may have contributed to the student’s behaviour are identified and addressed. Disciplinary measures at our school will be applied fairly and consistently. Students will always be provided with an opportunity to be heard, using the Restorative Practice model.

 

Suspension, expulsion and restrictive interventions are measures of last resort and may only be used in situations consistent with Department policy, available at:

In line with Ministerial Order 1125, no student aged 8 or younger will be expelled without the approval of the Secretary of the Department of Education and Training.

 

The Principal of Laburnum Primary School is responsible for ensuring all suspensions and expulsions are recorded on CASES21.

Corporal punishment is prohibited by law and will not be used in any circumstance at our school.

 

  1. Engaging with families

Laburnum Primary School values the input of parents and carers, and we will strive to support families to engage in their child’s learning and build their capacity as active learners. We aim to be partners in learning with parents and carers in our school community.

 

We work hard to create successful partnerships with parents and carers by:

  • ensuring that all parents have access to our school policies and procedures, available on our school website
  • maintaining an open, respectful line of communication between parents and staff, supported by our Respect for School Staff Policy
  • providing events to promote and celebrate community, such as Prep Picnic, Father’s Day breakfast, Twilight Sports, Education Week events, Grandparents days, Book Week events, Year 6 Graduation, Music Concerts
  • providing parent volunteer opportunities so that families can contribute to school activities
  • involving families with homework and other curriculum-related activities
  • involving families in school decision making, via school committees and opportunities to represent the parent community at School Council
  • coordinating resources and services from the community for families
  • including families in Student Support Groups
  • identifying students requiring Individual Learning Plans or Behaviour Support Plans and communicating strategies and goals to families
  1. Evaluation

Laburnum Primary School will collect data each year to understand the frequency and types of wellbeing issues that are experienced by our students so that we can measure the success or otherwise of our school based strategies and identify emerging trends or needs.

 

Sources of data that will be assessed on an annual basis include:

  • Student survey data
  • Sentral data
  • CASES21 (DET data management system), including attendance and absence data
  • Student Online Cases Systems (SOCS)
  • Student reports
  • Parent surveys
  • Attitudes to School Survey
  • Engagement & Wellbeing/Education Committee Meetings

COMMUNICATION

 

This policy will be communicated to our school community in the following ways:

  • Available publicly on our school’s website
  • Included in staff induction processes
  • Made available in hard copy from school administration upon request

Our school will also ensure it follows the mandatory parent/carer notification requirements with respect to suspensions and expulsions outlined in the Department’s policies at:

Further information and resources

 

The following Department of Education and Training policies are relevant to this Student Engagement and Wellbeing Policy:

The following school policies are also relevant to this Student Wellbeing and Engagement Policy:

POLICY REVIEW AND APPROVAL

 

 

  Policy last reviewed

 

  June 2022

 

  Consultation

 

  

  School Council – June 2022

  Parent via LPS eNews June 2022

 

  

  Approved by

 

  Principal

 

  Next scheduled review date

 

  June 2024

 

 

Appendix A

 

  All Settings Learning Areas Play Areas Moving Around the School Bathroom/Toilets
  Respect
  • I use kind words and faces
  • I have safe hands, safe feet
  • I follow instructions
  • I look after all belongings
  • I respect others' personal space
  • I use an inside voice
  • I raise my hand to contribute
  • I show active listening
  • I ask before touching
  • I use safe, responsible behaviour with technologies
  • I take turns
  • I include others
  • I play safely

 

 

 

  • I line up with my class
  • I move in line quietly
  • I keep to the left in corridors
  • I walk quietly past learning and office areas

 

  • I wash my hands
  • I leave the toilets clean
  • I give others privacy

 

 

  Integrity
  • I wait my turn
  • I take responsibility for my own actions
  • I use equipment and learning spaces appropiately
  • I am honest
  • I ignore distractions
  • I clean up after myself
  • I am ready to learn
  • I make smart seating choices
  • I keep my school tidy
  • I play in bounds
  • I move to class when the music starts
  • I remain with my partners/group
  • I walk my bike/scooter
  • I return to class promptly

 

  • I wait quietly for my partners
  • I go to the toilet during break times

 

 

 

 

  Curiosity
  • I ask questions

 

  • I am open to learning
  • I apply feedback to my learning
  • I play safely with sticks
  • I try new games
  • I appreciate other class displays

 

  • I am water wise

 

  Resilience
  • I have a growth mindset
  • I can accept challanges
  • I am responsible for my learning
  • I keep trying if things are challenging
  • I complete tasks in the given time frame
  • I take pride in my work
  • I learn from my mistakes
  • I follow game rules
  • I display good sportsmanship
  • I ask for help when needed

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