Student Wellbeing and Engagement Policy
The Student Wellbeing and Engagement Policy is central to actively supporting the on-going growth of students within their learning environment. Such growth will best occur within a caring, secure and well managed environment where there is positive recognition for student achievement and positive learning behaviour is displayed.
Epping Secondary College provides student welfare support to ensure student wellbeing issues can be addressed confidentially, sensitively and within appropriate time frames.
The school currently employs four wellbeing staff who are able to support students in dealing with a variety of issues including personal issues, family issues, study difficulties, school engagement, uniform or books.
Teachers at the college are also encouraged to refer students who exhibit anxiety or concerning behaviours for counselling to address any problems that may prevent students from feeling safe or comfortable at school.
Through welfare students also have access to a Psychologist who is able to work with students and families after referral from the student’s General Practitioner. The Psychologist currently visits the school once a week.
The Student Wellbeing department also provides whole year level workshops with external facilitators based on issues covering student wellbeing including bullying, responsible partying, study skills and the promotion of self-esteem and a ‘can do’ attitude.
The school has a designated Wellbeing House where most of the counselling services are located from Monday to Friday between the hours of 9.00am to 3.30pm.
Epping Secondary College prides itself on being an inclusive community where all students are given equal opportunities to learn. Students funded under the Program for Students with Disabilities are part of our school community and opportunities are provided for them to experience mainstream education meaningfully and appropriately.
The school currently employs an Integration Coordinator whose role includes overseeing the 9 aides who assist students with special needs to access the curriculum. Aides support students in a variety of classes to ensure their academic progress, the development of their social skills and their safety in practical subjects. The Integration Faculty also supports the transitions students with special needs face including the transition from Year 6 to Year 7 and from secondary school to post schooling education or employment.
All of our funded integration students have Individual Education Plans and modified reports in which teachers demonstrate the learning goals for the student and detail their successes and areas for improvement. Regular contact is maintained between parents and the school to ensure the special needs student is supported and experiencing a meaningful education. Where the student is not successfully integrating into the school or when the senior setting is no longer able to cater for the student’s needs, the Integration Department assists the family in making informed choices for their child’s next transition.