Whole School Approach
SDERA produces numerous, user friendly resources to support schools who are implementing a whole school approach in resilience, drug education or road safety.
Resources are based on best practice research including the Health Promoting Schools Framework and include a range of easy-to-use tools and templates, sample action plans, drug and road safety education guidelines, and other information that will support a whole school approach. Schools can download the documents straight from the resources or can adapt them to suit their school context and needs.
SDERA is the only organisation in the State that can provide schools with drug use incident management guidelines. These can be implemented using the whole school approach resources, backed by professional learning workshops for school staff. Our consultants can help schools to assess their needs and develop plans to implement education programs that relate directly to their specific context.
The CHAT resource provides information, templates, action plans and other support materials that will assist schools who are implementing a whole school approach in resilience, drug and road safety education.
The Students Driving to School guide can assist schools to develop a management plan for student drivers and their passengers, and also create a culture of safety, respect and responsibility in relation to student drivers.
The Connect directory provides contact details for a diverse range of community based health education, alcohol and other drugs (AOD) and mental health support services located throughout WA. These services support school staff, parents and students by offering programs that complement a school’s AOD education initiatives, and providing counselling, information and referral for those experiencing concerns around their own or someone else’s mental health or AOD use.
Getting it Together: A whole school approach to road safety education includes a range of easy-to-use tools and templates, sample action plans, road safety education guidelines, and other information that will support a whole school approach.
The resource includes the following planning tools and templates, a CD-Rom and poster, and is supported with professional learning delivered by SDERA.
Getting it Together: A whole school approach to drug education includes a range of easy-to-use tools and templates, sample action plans, drug education guidelines - including procedures for incident management and intervention support - and other information that will support a whole school approach.
To assist schools in developing School Drug Education Guidelines, that outline how the school is approaching drug education through the three areas of the Health Promoting Schools Framework - Curriculum and Teaching, Ethos and Environment, and Parents and Community, and also providing Incident Management and Intervention Support, these templates and samples can be adapted to suit a school community’s needs.
The plan can also ensure that while having appropriate consequences or disciplinary actions, the school’s response does not isolate or marginalise a student who may already be struggling. Rather, these procedures can guide schools to provide a clear direction that can assist students to address any issues through appropriate support within the school and, where required, through referral by appropriate staff to relevant external agencies.
|Whole School Drug Education Plan information sheet for Department of Education schools||Whole School Drug Education Plan information sheet for Catholic Education and Independent schools|
Road map: A road safety directory for schools and communities is a directory that has helpful information, a guide to road safety education resources, and contact details for services and organisations across Western Australia who can support and assist with school road safety education programs and initiatives.
The 12 Principles for School Drug Education are based on current theory and research and provide a best practice, evidence-based guide to understanding what can be included in school drug education programs and how they can be delivered to ensure a comprehensive approach.
They illustrate a multi-layered approach and provide a framework of core concepts and values to support effective drug education practice. As such, the Principles can be used to guide the planning, implementation and review of drug education programs, guidelines and practices in school communities.
The Parent Engagement Kit for Secondary Schools has been developed by the Drug, Alcohol and Prevention Services Division (DAPSD) of the Mental Health Commission in consultation with SDERA. The kit includes resources, templates, a letter and digital images to help schools engage parents in alcohol education. The Parent Engagement Kit should be used in conjunction with a whole school approach to teaching resilience and drug education curriculum across all years of schooling using evidence-based programs. A whole school approach to drug education should include a whole school drug education plan that is documented and shared across the whole school community. Visit the Mental Health Commission website to learn more about the Parent Engagement kit.