Better Pathways ProjectStakeholder Conferencewelcomewww.decd.sa.gov.au/speced2/pages/Betterpath/
We acknowledge that the land we meet on today is the traditional land of the Kaurna people and that we respect their spiritual relationship with their country.
We also acknowledge the Kaurna people as the custodians of the Adelaide region and that their cultural and heritage beliefs are still as important to the living Kaurna people today.
meet other stakeholders: schools, service providers, agencies
share and explore the issues, challenges and outcomes to date
present and share practices and strategies that promote communication, partnerships and coherence across student planning, programs, and services
provide opportunities to share concerns and perspectives
identify opportunities for program implementation improvement
What is your connection to Better Pathways?
Background to Better Pathwaysimplemented in response to the 19 recommendations of the SA Social Inclusion Boards 2009 report Choices and connections
The report highlighted that many young people with disabilities experience barriers that lead to them being at risk of not making a successful transition from school to activities that maximise their social and employability potential.
Better Pathways is now incorporated in: Strong voices: a Blueprint to Enhance Life and Claim theRights of People with a Disability.
Recommendation 9To increase flexibility and successful transition from school to adult life for students with disability, the Better Pathways and the ICAN models must be continued. The Department of Education and Child Development, in partnership with independent and Catholic schools, must expand and enhance school transition plans between school sites and post-school pathways.
Disability in the Disability Discrimination Act physical intellectual psychiatric sensory neurological, and learning disabilities, as well as physical disfigurement, and the presence in the body of disease-causing organisms.
This broad definition is meant to ensure that everyone with a disability is protected against discrimination.
Students at riskHave a disability or mental health issue as defined under DDAHave early indicators of a disability or mental health issueOther risk factors e.g.- Under the Guardianship of the Minister- ATSI- Refugee- low level of school attendance, engagement- low level of parent/caregiver or other external supports- have parents/carers/siblings with disability, illness
Student eligibility for Better PathwaysThe Support, Training and Resource Tool (START) - assesses students in Year 9 in participating schools - prioritised communities i.e. Port Augusta, Playford and Port Adelaide-Enfield Council areas.
Interagency Teams have been established to review the profiles of students identified at risk through the START assessment.
In collaboration with school staff, they make recommendations about how to best support the young person and who will take the lead professional role in planning.
Better Pathways ProgramWith a focus on successful transition and post-school outcomes, eligible students are best fitted with a Better Pathways Worker who provides mentoring, advocacy and support from Year 9 to one year post school.
A goal of Better Pathways is to involve families throughout the process, wherever possible.
Participating trial schoolsPort Augusta
Caritas College Carlton School Port Augusta Secondary School Port Augusta Special School
Fremont Elizabeth City HighSchool Craigmore High School Trinity College, Blakeview Trinity College, Gawler River St Columba College Kaurna Plains School Craigmore Christian SchoolPort Adelaide-Enfield
Adelaide West Special Education Centre LeFevre High School Mt Carmel College Ocean View College Open Access College Our Lady of the Sacred Heart (OLSH) College Roma Mitchell Secondary College St Paul's College Windsor Gardens Vocational College
LINK Program: RMSC, Unley HS
Year 11 project73 current year 11 students with diagnosed disabilities and mental health issues are registered in a sub-project to track post school outcomes for this group to January 2014.
Roma Mitchell Sec College Adelaide West Sp Ed Centre Pt Augusta Special School Mary MacKillop Spec Ed Unit (Mt Carmel College)
Project services and agenciesBetter Pathways Program: Leaders and Workers, Barkuma Inc.
START Project: University of Adelaide
Interagency Teams: CAMHS; Disability SA; Families SA; DECD Regional Support Services; Catholic Ed SA; SA Association of Independent Schools
Better Pathways Project Team (DECD)
Keynote addressDr Lorna Hallahan Senior Lecturer,Coordinator Social Work PhD and Post Qualifying Programs at Flinders University.
Project updateThe target for registration in Better Pathways is 500 students by December 2013. Currently, 187 students are registered.
677 (40%) of the 1686 year 9 students assessed have been identified at risk and referred to Interagency panels in 2011. This is higher than the rate for 2010 (34%).
228 (13.5%) of the total number of year 9 students assessed in 2011 have been referred to Better Pathways. This is slightly higher than the rate for 2010 (11%).
228 (33%) of students identified at risk have been referred to Better Pathways in 2011. This is slightly higher than the rate for 2010 (29%).
Outcomes for all students referred to Interagency panels and registered for the Better Pathways Program in 2010 have been reviewed at the individual DECD, Catholic and Independent school level. All year 9sStudentsAtRiskBetter Pathways
Better Pathways student profile72% have diagnosed disability and/or early indicators of mental health issues. 53% have diagnosed disabilities.
DisabilityLearning / Communication.. 51%Intellectual Disability14%Physical/ Neurological.11%Ongoing Health. 14%Autism Spectrum/ Aspergers. 6%Sensory 5%Acquired Brain Injury . 1%
Mental health issues/early indicatorsPersonal Vulnerability.43%
EngagementLess than 25%........................20%25-49%....................................24%50-74%....................................17%75-99%....................................11%100%........................................01%Unknown.26%
External pressures46% of students have limited parent/caregiver support and/orparent/caregiver with diminished capacity and/ora caring role.
12% have experienced trauma14% have had a recent significant change in circumstances 4% have suspected abuse and neglect
Better Pathways QuizWhat is the purpose of the Better Pathways Program?Where did the idea and the funding for the program originate?In which council areas is it being trialled?What is START?What proportion of year 9 students have been identified at risk?How many students are currently registered in the program?What proportion of these have diagnosed or early indicators of mental health issues?
Consultation storiesSusanne Koen Writer/researcher,Infoquest Pty Ltd.
Building program capacity
Integrated strategiesWith a focus on engagement, it is important that Better Pathways integrates with and complements school-based learning and transition planning processes.
Better Pathways can help build the capacity of other approaches and programs to improve outcomes for students.
How can Better Pathways support?
school priorities e.g. attendance, engagement, retention, L&N, outcomes for ATSI students etc?
student's course, career, NEP, ILP planning, and PLP/SACE, VET, mentoring, FLO etc?
accreditation towards SACE e.g. PLP goal setting, career research, transition planning, E-Portfolios, work experience, passport to safety, work journals etc?
Better Pathways and relevant school staff are encouraged to explore these opportunities together
Learning and transition pathways for students in years 10-12Students studying towards the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) have the option to undertake:
A school based apprenticeship or traineeshipAn Industry Pathway ProgramFlexible Learning Options (FLO)
There are also a range of modified SACE subjects that provide opportunities for students with intellectual disabilities.
SACE special provisionsStudents can apply for special provisionsto undertake subjectassessments if they have an illness or impairment such as:
physical disabilityvision or hearing impairment medical conditionpsychological illnesslearning disability
Personalized Learning Plan (PLP)The PLP is a required SACE Stage 1 subject designed to help students make informed decisions about their personal development, educational and training. The aim is to prepare for work, future study and community life.
The PLP is often undertaken by students in year10.
For students under the Guardianship of the Minister, the PLP also supports the young people to plan for leaving care. For these students, it is important the Individual Education Plan (IEP) Support Group work with the PLP teacher. To