Resources for Parents and Carers
Koorie Pathways Magazine: second edition
Extra Extra! We have now released the second edition of the Koorie Pathways Magazine. This mag provides Koorie learners with information about how to transition across pathways through education, training and employment. Favorite segments include the "Ask Anjee" advice column, a 'Where Are They Now?' on our past Koorie Yr 12 Graduates, and a comprehensive list of contacts for TAFE, university and school-based Koorie supports.
Koorie Kids with Special Needs Magazine
VAEAI's first edition of Koorie Kids with Special Needs is a magazine focusing completely on the support available for Koorie children and young people with a disability and/or special needs. This is a magazine for families, for community members, and for anyone who is interested in finding out more about the programs, services, and assistance available.
Koorie Pathways Magazine: first edition
Are you a young Koorie parent who is thinking about returning to study? You can do it! Leann Baksh talks to VAEAI about going back to study after having kids (on page 68). Produced by VAEAI in 2014, this magazine is also a great resource for Koorie students thinking about what they might want to do when they finish school.
DET Guidelines and Factsheets
The School Attendance Guidelines offers strategies to encourage high levels of school attendance and provides advice and information to support schools and School Attendance Officers to meet their responsibilities and duties. These guidelines can be read in full here.
The Student Engagement and Inclusion Guidance aims to provide a safe and positive learning experience for all students where they are engaged and supported to reach their full potential, through providing advice, resources and strategies for schools. The full guidance can be read here.
The Department of Education and Training (DET) has released a fact sheet for Koorie parents/caregivers which provides information on suspension and expulsion procedures.
To download the fact sheet please click here.
Student Attendance in Schools
DET has published two brochures related to student attendance at primary school and high school for parents and carers. They highlight how going to school every day is the single most important part of your children's education.
VAEAI has published a poster that highlights the importance of student attendance in schools and the learning gaps that can come about as a result of students missing time in school, ranging from just 10 minutes per day to 3 days per week. This poster can be printed out and displayed in schools.
DET Education Awareness Campaign
On 28 August 2014, DET launched its communications campaign: Preparing today’s students for tomorrow.
The campaign is based on feedback from parents, who said they are supportive of Victorian schools, and confident that Victoria offers children a high-quality education. But they want to better understand what schools are doing: what curriculum is being taught, how it is being taught and how their child’s course and subject choices will prepare them for the future.
The website has been updated so that parents can more easily find the information they want. Regular information will be provided to schools via the DET weekly School Update with the hope that it will be used in schools and shared with their communities.
For more information please visit www.education.vic.gov.au/futureready and see the campaign posters below.