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ÆSOP Exceptional Student Welfare Programs

By Lorraine Graham, David Paterson, Robert Stevens


A module of the ÆSOP Series - An Exceptional Schooling Outcomes Program

Welfare or student support programs are directed at student well-being. As such they concentrate on establishing both the conditions for learning and students' readiness for academic development.

Welfare programs are 'everything the school community does to meet the personal, social and learning needs of students'. Programs may be witnessed in many forms - a breakfast program, camp, excursion, anti-racism policy, school discipline policy, leadership development, behaviour management activity - but common to all is the determination to ensure students feel safe, have a sense of belonging, have positive self-esteem, trust their teachers and accept responsibility.

The six exceptional Welfare programs described herein were observed by the authors in a diversity of communal and socioeconomic locations. Common to these flourishing programs were a framework of clear rights and responsibilities consistently exercised; integrity of teachers; links within and beyond the respective schools; a positive school culture wherein teachers demonstrated that they cared for their students; and a whole-school focus on students and their learning.

Table of Contents



  • Why the ÆSOP study?
  • Educational and social advancement
  • Acknowledgements

An exceptional schooling outcomes project

  • Chief Investigators/Project Team
  • Dimensions of Achievement and Success
  • Research Questions
  • Background Literature
  • Selection of Sites
  • Visits to Sites
  • Analysis of Data
  • Relationships Between Student Welfare Programs and Educational Equity Programs in the ÆSOP Series

Illustrative case studies

  • Site 1
  • Site 2
  • Site 3
  • Site 4
  • Site 5
  • Site 6

Student welfare programs - key themes


  • What is a program?
  • What is student Welfare?
  • What is a Welfare program?
  • Types of Welfare programs

Behaviour Management Programs

Student Support Programs

  • Factors contributing to the development of Student Welfare programs
  • Factors Contributing to Flourishing Student Support and Welfare Programs

      1.A Framework of Clear Rights and Responsibilities



      4.Positive School Culture

      5.A focus on students and their learning


Linkages and relationships among themes

  • Introduction
  • The importance of expectation
  • Relationships Between Student Welfare Themes
  • Relationships between Equity and Student Welfare programs


  • Introduction
  • Proactive student Welfare
  • Interpersonal relationships
  • School structures and organisational implications
  • Adelaide Goals
  • Some considerations


ÆSOP Exceptional Student Welfare Programs

Published: 2007
Pages: 82
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