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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 06 Hansard (Thursday, 3 June 2021) . . Page.. 1747 ..


multidisciplinary approach to supporting student inclusion, engagement and wellbeing. School psychologists can provide direct support or interventions to students, consult with teachers and families or work alongside other members of the student services team to help students thrive in their school environment. That includes social workers, youth workers and living support assistants working alongside the executive team on school-wide practices and procedures, as well as collaborating with community providers who may be coordinating services for students as well.

The ACT government has also established the flexible education offerings to make sure that there is a personalised educational approach to students who, for whatever reason, at that particular point of time in their lives cannot access education at their enrolled school. The flexible education model promotes inclusivity and individualised learning by connecting students to a multidisciplinary team. This is a group of qualified educators and other experts, including allied health and others. This team develops education and wellbeing plans that might intersect with community agencies who are working with these young people to address the needs of students and families outside of the school gates, should they be unable to attend.

I, like everybody else, want to give a shout-out to the Bimberi youth work team and particularly the Murrumbidgee school staff for their continued advocacy and support for these young people in their education; and, of course, to the great work that the flexible education team does in the Education Directorate to make sure that these children, who cannot access school physically for some particular reason, are supported with their learning needs outside.

The network student engagement teams are also an important part of these services to support student engagement in learning. The NSET teams help families, students and schools through a whole range of different approaches towards moving different kinds of barriers that might prevent students from engaging in their learning. That could be a range of lots of complex matters that are going on and complicating a child’s life.

The teams consist of educational leaders, psychologists, social workers, disability education partners, speech pathologists, occupational therapists and engagement officers. They all work really closely together to make sure that every child or student in our public schools—whether they are attending our public schools or the Murrumbidgee centre or a flexible education offering—gets the supports that they need and the individual learning plans that support them to remain engaged in their education, and that they feel that they are supported to chase down their passions and have the same aspirations of a great life as the rest of us when they leave school.

MRS KIKKERT (Ginninderra) (4.43): In closing, this is an important motion. As I said, it was inspired by conversations with those who have worked in the territory’s residential care homes. It embodies what they have shared with me regarding their lived experiences. They have made it clear that there is a need for ongoing training and support in the specific area of helping children and young people with their learning. This motion, as originally drafted, called on the ACT government to ensure that staff receive this training and support. I am satisfied that the Labor and Greens members opposite have decided to support most of this motion, including reviewing


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