OOHC Education Pathway - A Guide For Caseworkers
The Education Pathway for children in OOHC to provide a consistent guide for Funded Service Providers to support children and young people in statutory OOHC to realise their education potential.
Aboriginal Children and Young People
All Aboriginal children and young people attending a Department of Education school will have a Personalised Learning Pathway (PLP) education plan developed in accordance with their individual needs as part of the Personalised Learning and Support Planning (PLaSP).
There is no state wide Personalised Learning Pathway template. It is recommended that schools and community develop a PLP template to suit their local needs.Dept of Education : Personalised Learning Pathways Guidelines
What is the Personalised Learning Pathway (PLP)?
PLPs are a tool for increasing Aboriginal student engagement. They have the potential to support improved learning outcomes and educational aspirations when they are developed in genuine partnership with Aboriginal students, their parents or carers and teachers. They can be customised by each school and Aboriginal community to meet local needs and contexts.
PLP’s are an active process. They are developed in a consultation process between the student, parents/carers and teachers, to identify, organise and apply personal approaches to learning and engagement. PLP’s can have short term or long term goals. Short term goals can be specific stepping stones to reach long term goals. Implementation
The school will:
- encourage children and young people where possible, to participate in decision making in relation to their education
- implement the school-based actions in the plan
- promote communication between carers, school, caseworker and the student
- provide age-appropriate information to the child or young person about educational issues impacting them
- support the child/ young person to achieve their education goals and meet their social and emotional needs.
The caseworker will:
- support regular school attendance and work with children and young people and their carers to raise expectations for their future success
- organise any external services recommended in the learning and support planning which have been approved
- support participation in appropriate educational and social activities outside of school
- provide educational information including school reports to new carers
- include the actions and recommendations from the learning and support planning in the child or young person’s OOHC case plan.
- Raise concerns related to school attendance with school.