Engaging Olivia

Engaging Olivia

Olivia is 16 years old and a short while ago was diagnosed with anxiety and depression. Her parents asked for a meeting with the school to work out how to support Olivia.

“We spoke to a lot of different people at the school, but we really connected with this one teacher who happened to be the year coordinator. We all agreed, even Olivia, that the main thing really was to get her re-engaged and feeling safe and comfortable in school again. So we had, you know, The Conversation. Where we recognised that she has a disability, and we talked about what her needs were, and what impact it had on her education, and what we could all do to try to make things work for her, all those things.” - Olivia’s father

At the end of the meeting, Olivia, her parents and the year coordinator agreed to a plan which addressed Olivia’s learning needs. She would continue to study all the core subjects, but would be placed in classes where she would have the support of her friends. Instead of taking up elective subjects, she would have access to a study skills service where she could learn to organise and manage her time and workload. Her goal would be to achieve at least a “satisfactory” grade for all four subjects to enable her to complete Year 10 successfully.

These adjustments are flexible and individualised to meet Olivia’s specific learning needs and support her participation in school. They will be reviewed after three months and again after six months to ensure that Olivia is making progress towards her goals.