Tarneit P-9 College: Supporting enrolment transitions

Through its involvement in the Refugee Education Support Program (RESP) Tarneit P-9 College has changed enrolment practices in order to remove barriers to school engagement of students and families.

The school is a large, multicultural school in Melbourne’s outer west. With a significant population of students of refugee backgrounds, it already had strong practices in place for welcoming families before joining RESP in 2016. However, with the RESP team’s help, the school gained deeper understanding of the barriers to school engagement that many students and families face.

Enrolment is a difficult period of transition for students and families; a time when they need to receive clear information and feel welcomed. The school developed a new enrolment process, which includes a welcome book for families that explains the school’s structure and practices. The book focuses on visual content to ensure those with limited literacy skills are not disadvantaged. A new school tour also gives families the chance to become familiar with the school environment.