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Re-engagement Programs

Types of re-engagement programs

  • Primary level re-engagement programs:

    • must be delivered by a school registered with the VRQA. The school may establish partnerships with appropriate community agencies to deliver aspects of the program; however, the ‘provider’ must be a school, which is registered to deliver education to the year levels for which the program caters
    • must deliver a program that contributes to achievement of outcomes in the curriculum
    • should aim to address learning, social and behavioural needs of the individual so he or she can return to school as soon as possible
    • should involve high level of oversight of student progress by their enrolling school (for example there may be weekly contact between the provider and school to monitor an individual’s progress and work toward transition back into a school)
    • may cater to students enrolled in a number of schools

    For more information on any existing re-engagement programs for primary school students in your area speak with Student Wellbeing staff in the relevant Department regional office. For contact details, please visit the department’s contact pageExternal Link .

  • There are 2 types of re-engagement programs that may be established for secondary students in Years 7 to 10:

    • school-delivered programs
    • accredited vocational education and training program.

    The type of program selected would depend on the needs of the individual young person or group of young people.

    For more information on any existing re-engagement programs for secondary students in your area speak with Student Wellbeing staff in the relevant Department regional office. For contact details, please visit the department’s contact pageExternal Link .

    School-delivered programs

    This type of program is delivered by a school, potentially in partnership with appropriate community agencies to deliver aspects of the program. The provider must be a school, which is registered to deliver education to the year levels for which the program caters.

    In a school-delivered program:

    • the aim should be to address learning, social and behavioural needs of the individual so they can return to school as soon as possible
    • the education program delivered must be linked to achievement of outcomes in the Victorian Curriculum
    • the level of oversight of program delivery by enrolling schools should be medium (i.e. regular contact with provider regarding progress of individual students and planning for return to school).

    Accredited vocational education and training program

    Accredited training provides skills and knowledge that leads to a nationally recognised qualification. In re-engagement programs for young people up to Year 10, appropriate accredited programs are Certificates I or II in the general studies or further education area, such as:

    • Certificates in General Education for Adults
    • Certificates in Vocational Preparation.

    These programs focus on building foundation skills that are important for further education, training and employment. The aim of these types of programs should be to build the young people’s skills and confidence, while giving them the opportunity to complete accredited studies in alternative learning environment.

    In an accredited re-engagement program:

    • the focus should be on creating a pathway back into school (if possible), or to further education, training or employment
    • there must be a contract between the enrolling school and the registered training organisation for delivery of the accredited program
    • the level of oversight of program delivery by enrolling schools should be medium (regular contact with provider regarding progress of individual students and planning for transition from the program).

    For more Information about training courses and providers, please visit the Victorian Skills GatewayExternal Link .

  • Senior secondary re-engagement programs cater to young people aged 15 to 20 years inclusive, who may or may not have completed Year 10. Programs at this level should deliver a senior secondary qualification (Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or VCAL).

    In some cases, senior secondary re-engagement programs may deliver an accredited further education program – such as Certificate for General Education of Adults – to build students’ capacity to undertake a senior secondary qualification.

    Senior secondary re-engagement programs may be delivered by:

    • a school alone or in partnership with external agencies (a satellite program)
    • a registered non-school senior secondary education provider contracted by a school to deliver 100% of the qualification (a community program).

    In a senior secondary re-engagement program:

    • the aim is for students to complete a senior secondary qualification and transition to further education, training or employment
    • the provider must be registered by the VRQA as a senior secondary provider and authorised by VCAA to deliver VCAL and/or VCE
    • contracts must be in place between enrolling schools and providers
    • enrolling schools maintain responsibility for administering enrolments through both CASES21 and the Victorian Assessment Software System (VASS)
    • programs may cater to students enrolled at multiple schools
    • the level of oversight of program delivery by enrolling schools (where they are not the provider) should be low-medium (contact at least once per term with provider regarding progress of individual students; support in planning transition from the program).

    For more information on any existing senior secondary re-engagement programs in your area speak with youth pathways and transitions staff at your closest regional office. For contact details, refer to the department’s contact pageExternal Link .

Guidance chapter outlining the different types of re-engagement programs at primary and secondary level

Reviewed 16 January 2023

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