The State Government will invest more than $16 million to help public schools better support students with complex behaviours.
An extra 10 behaviour coaches will be introduced to the existing 30 currently working in schools, bringing the total to 40.
New specialised provisions will also be introduced to provide therapeutic intervention for high needs children to help them return to mainstream schooling.
This service will cater to children with extreme and challenging behaviour needs through a statewide outreach service to sites, with the increased support aimed at relieving pressure from sites and helping students to re-engage in their education.
Support will also be provided for students experiencing severe trauma or chronic stress through a new initiative trialled in 20 of the state’s most vulnerable communities, with specialist training provided to public schools.
This work will be underpinned by a new anti-bullying strategy that will incorporate:
- teacher training to identify and respond to bullying, including cyber bullying
- information and forums to support parents
- updated curriculum to build skills for respectful relationships
- student-led anti-bullying forums to debate ways for schools to help
Behaviour coaches work in schools to support students with complex behaviours.