Support for Students
We want all students to thrive in every part of their life. The following information and resources can help.
Student Wellbeing Hub
The Education Services Australia Student Wellbeing Hub is for children and young people and the families, teachers and schools. It is easy to use and has great ideas, strategies and resources for different age groups to support children and young people’s wellbeing.
Working with Your Teachers and School
Communicating with your school provides practical advice on building a cooperative relationship with your teachers and school to support the needs of your child or young person.
Student Wellbeing staff work with schools to build their knowledge, skills and confidence in successfully engaging students with additional or complex needs, so all students can lead fulfilling, productive and responsible lives, by:
- promoting the four areas of good practice in the Engaging School Framework
- using a strength and relationship based approach with the student at the centre
- working collaboratively and sharing good practice
- directing work at building the capacity of schools
- working with all people within the school community including: staff, students, parents, and community and government agencies
- using evidenced based practice in school psychology, behaviour support, working with families and student attendance and suspension issues.
The following links provide further information on how children and young people are supported in ACT public schools.
- Students with Disability
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
- Students who are Gifted and Talented
- Students with English as an Additional Language or Dialect
- Students with Learning Difficulties
- Student Transitions and Careers
What is Student Voice?
Student voice allows students to have a say about what goes on at their school and be active participants in the school community. Student voice helps students to participate in and contribute to a number of processes at school, including:
- forming a student-led action team to lead projects to improve the school community;
- decision making in a variety of areas including providing feedback about teaching and learning at the school and school community values.
ACT Minister’s Student Congress
The ACT Minister’s Student Congress is an opportunity for ACT public school students to come together to discuss issues which matter to them and affect their education. The Congress is led by a student elected executive team with support from the Directorate. This team facilitates the Congress which is held twice a year and represents the wider student body with the ACT Minister for Education.
The Minister’s Student Congress provides students with a number of opportunities in leadership, advocacy, networking and organisational skills. The Congress Executive meets twice a term to evaluate the previous congress and use that information to plan the upcoming congress.
Youth Coalition of the ACT
The Youth Coalition is the peak youth affairs body in the ACT and represents the interests of people aged between 12 and 25 years of age, and those who work with them. They undertake a range of advocacy work to raise awareness of emerging issues to both government and to the broader community. They strive to ensure that emerging issues are brought to the attention of policy makers within government.
National Youth Week
National Youth Week is an annual, week long celebration of young people (aged 12–25) throughout Australia. In the ACT, National Youth Week is coordinated by the Youth Coalition of the ACT and the ACT Government. Each year, all over Australia, events are planned and organised to celebrate and recognise the contribution of young people.