Supported Students, Successful Students
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Boost to public school counselling and wellbeing services across NSW
School counselling and wellbeing services are increasing by 45 per cent across NSW public schools.
As part of the $167 million Supported Students, Successful Students initiative, schools will also receive additional funding for wellbeing services that best meet their students' needs.
Some of the new resources under the initiative include:
- 236 new school counselling/psychology positions;
- More than $51 million for wellbeing services equivalent to an additional 200 Student Support Officers; and
- More than 500 graduate scholarships to boost the recruitment of school counsellors, psychologists and wellbeing officers.
Wellbeing Framework and Behaviour Code
The Wellbeing Framework offers context for schools and local communities to enable students to connect, succeed and thrive at each stage of their development and learning. Principals and teachers in NSW public schools are now backed by $167 million wellbeing package to enable schools to better meet students' needs.
Meeting the need
Schools play a critical role in helping children and young people make sense of the world around them.
There is strong evidence that students who are better supported in their wellbeing have higher academic achievement and better life outcomes in relation to health, employment, social inclusion and economic independence.
Schools are experiencing increases in the number of students with social, emotional and mental health issues. Students need personalised support that is relevant to their specific needs.
Stronger discipline code
A new Behaviour Code for Students will support principals and teachers by providing students with clear expectations of behaviour. The code empowers principals to take decisive action where student behaviour disrupts the learning of others or threatens safety and wellbeing.
More counsellors and wellbeing resources
- School counselling services will increase by 236 full-time equivalent staff — the first significant increase since 1996. Every school has a base school counsellor allocation determined by school size and to allow senior school counsellors time to manage the most complex cases and situations across the school system.
- Funding is being provided for wellbeing services such as student support officers, psychologists and specialist teachers.
Benefits to schools
An independent review found a trial of 50 Student Support Officers (SSOs) in NSW government secondary schools provided significant benefits to school communities, improving the engagement of individual students and the broader school environment.
Support to schools to improve student behaviour
- Funding will support schools develop and implement a comprehensive and inclusive whole-school approach to positive behaviour for learning.
- Schools will introduce a Wellbeing Framework linked to school planning and accountability through the School Excellence Framework.
- A new Behaviour Code gives principals and teachers clear guidance on their powers to deal with challenging behaviour.
Supporting the most vulnerable
- Support and access to targeted counselling services is being provided for refugee students and their families to deal with serious and distressing incidents in their past and assist in their transition to mainstream schooling.
- Aboriginal students and communities at some of the State's most remote and disadvantaged schools will be supported to address complex healing and wellbeing issues.
Ensuring we have the right staff
- Graduate scholarships are being offered to boost the recruitment of school counsellors and other wellbeing positions.