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Student Engagement

Questions to consider

When creating or reviewing your policy, you should consider the following:

  • do school leadership and staff promote a culture of respect, fairness and equality, and foster respectful relationships?
  • is the school environment inclusive and empowering, valuing the positive contributions of students and creating a sense of belonging and connectedness that are conducive to positive behaviours and effective engagement in learning?
  • are there multiple opportunities for students to take responsibility and be involved in decision-making?
  • are there school-wide and classroom processes to identify vulnerable students and those at risk of disengagement from school?
  • are there school-wide and classroom processes for ongoing collection and use of data for decision-making?
  • is there social/emotional and educational support for at risk and vulnerable students?
  • are the school-wide and classroom expectations and consequences for problem behaviour clear?
  • are there multiple opportunities for students to take responsibility and be involved in decision-making?
  • has the creation of physical environments that are conducive to positive behaviours and effective engagement in learning been considered?
  • are the strategies backed by a solid evidence base?

Guidance chapter listing the factors and questions that schools should consider when creating their school-level student engagement policy

Reviewed 01 June 2020

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