RESET is a voluntary ‘middle-years’ (i.e. Grade 6 to Year 8) trauma-informed, positive education re-engagement program designed for students who have been disengaged from mainstream school and learning.

The goal of RESET is to rebuild students’ behavioural, cognitive and emotional engagement with learning and school, including restoring positive relationships with peers and adults so that they are more able to engage in mainstream education (or an alternative learning pathway) within 12 months.

RESET provides a differentiated curriculum for up to 10 students at a time in a small group setting, along with individual and family therapeutic support within the context of a mainstream secondary school. RESET focuses on collaboratively problem-solving the difficulties that contribute to a student’s disengagement and building students’ skills and resources to increase their school readiness and self-efficacy. 

Students can participate in RESET for up to 4 school terms. Students commence at RESET on a modified timetable, can build up their positive participation in RESET up to 4 days per week and have the opportunity to increase their exposure and engagement in mainstream settings as part of their gradual, individual transition plan. 

RESET is delivered in partnership between the Brotherhood of St Laurence and Monterey Secondary College (MSC) in Frankston North. RESET is a flexible learning organisation (FLO) operating on the school grounds taking students from across the Frankston Mornington Peninsula. Students participating in the RESET program are enrolled in Monterey Secondary College.


Monterey Secondary College
Silvertop Street, Frankston North 3200

RESET Program Suitability Criteria

As RESET believes student caregivers matter significantly and work in the spirit of partnership with families, there is both student and parent/carer criteria for being initially considered for the RESET program:


  • is between the ages of 11-14 at time of entry to the program
  • resides in the Frankston – Mornington Peninsula LGA catchment
  • has disengaged from school as indicated by less than 50% attendance for an extended period of time
  • is moderate to high risk in terms of vulnerabilities, requiring early interventions and or coordinated supported for disengagement and presenting issues (not ‘very high risk’ requiring tertiary interventions)
  • does not require a high level of 1 to 1 support
  • is willing to engage with external support services, as needed, to assist them with identifying and attending to any challenges or barriers to engagement
  • is willing to engage in RESET and transition to mainstream education within a 12 month period


  • is willing to actively engage in partnership with the RESET team in accordance with the RESET model, primarily with the RESET Therapeutic Lead in parent-focused sessions, family meetings and collaborative problem solving to support the student’s development, self-regulation and transition (at school and at times at home)
  • is willing to engage with external support services, as needed, to assist both the student and their family
  • commit to the program philosophy in which RESET is designed to plan for re-entry to mainstream education (Monterey Secondary College) or an identified learning pathway within 12 months
  • able to support the student to get to and from RESET at Monterey Secondary College

How to apply

RESET is accepting expressions of interest for Term 1 2020. Please send enquiries, supporting documentation and completed expressions of interest to:

RESET Program Manager
Ph: 9781 7790 or M: 0490127055
Email: Sutton.tamara.a(at)
Mail: RESET Program Manager c/o Monterey Secondary College, 21 Silvertop St, Frankston North 3200


We acknowledge the following partner for its valuable contribution to the RESET program:

Monterey Secondary College.

The Brotherhood of St Laurence (BSL) acknowledges and understands its obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and recognises that all children and young people have the right to be treated with respect and care, and to be safe from all forms of abuse. BSL has a zero tolerance towards child abuse.
Read the official statement signed by the Executive Director.

The Brotherhood recognises the harm that family violence causes and that freedom from violence is a basic human right.
We will support our staff, volunteers, clients and the community if they experience violence.

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