Essendon North Primary School is committed to promoting an engaging, inclusive learning environment. Every member of the school community has a right to fully participate in an educational environment that is safe, supportive and inclusive and the right to be treated with respect and dignity. This is facilitated through a whole school approach based on the latest evidence and the Victorian Department of Education and Training (DET) Student Engagement and Inclusion guidelines.
Essendon North Primary School has implemented a range of support measures to promote engagement, positive behaviour and respectful relationships for all students in the school. In order to recognise student social, emotional or educational needs, as a group or as individuals, we have strategies in place to identify these students, and provide them with the support they need to flourish at school.
Essendon North Primary School works collaboratively with students and parents/ carers to establish fair and respectful behaviour policies and practices, based on our Guiding Statements, expected social competencies and positive peer relationships. We use a Response to Intervention model, this is a multi-tier approach to the early identification and support of students with learning and behavior needs. We implement a range of universal, targetted group and individual strategies - inclusive of learning, safe at school and behaviour support plans.
At the beginning of a new school year each home group develops an Essential Agreement, which enables students and teachers to develop a clear understanding of the agreed actions and behaviours of every member of the school community, beginning within their own home group.
At ENPS every class and every team have essential agreements that are co-constructed with students and agreed to by all participants. These set the tone for collaboration and teamwork and clearly outline the shared norms and expectations. Essential Agreements are developed by home groups, to provide guidelines for students and teachers on expected behaviours. Essential Agreements are also developed to provide guidelines for a range of school activities. These are inclusive of, but not limited to; specialist programs, playground behaviors, digital citizenship behaviours and staff and team expectations.
These Essential Agreements are also supportive of and reflect the student developed ENPS Code of Conduct:
Essendon North Primary has a no tolerance to bullying approach. We adopt a whole school approach when responding to issues and continually review our Student Wellbeing and Engagement Guidelines, Student Code of Conduct and Bullying Prevention policy so that our school delivers a safe, secure and stimulating learning environment for all students. We follow the guidelines and policies of the Victorian Department of Education and Training. Refer to the Bullying. No Way! website for further information.
Voice and Connectedness groups (VC groups) are part of the ENPS Pastoral Care Strategy. These groups provide a school wide process for students to develop connectedness to peers and staff across our school community. Every staff member is allocated as a mentor to a VC group of students ranging from Foundation to Year Six. Together this group work in collaboration to provide opportunities for peer connectedness F-6, strengthen relationships across the school and develop a shared understanding of student wellbeing at ENPS.
At the beginning of the year all Foundation students are allocated a Year Five student as a ‘buddy’. The buddy system operates to support children to feel comfortable and secure in their new environment and provide a familiar face out in the playground.