The RESET program assists children aged from 11 to 14 years who have not been attending school to move back into full-time education.

As a middle years re-engagement program, RESET is designed to support the cognitive, behavioural, and social-emotional needs of these students, with the goal of rebuilding their engagement with learning and restoring positive relationships so that they are able to return to mainstream education (or an alternative learning pathway) within 12 months. RESET provides a differentiated curriculum for up to 10 students at a time, along with individual and family therapeutic support within the context of a mainstream secondary school to attend to the risk and protective factors associated with school disengagement.

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.


Monterey Secondary College
Silvertop Street, Frankston North 3200

RESET Program Suitability Criteria

As RESET believes student caregivers matter significantly, there is both student and parent/carer suitability criteria for admission to 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 school expulsion, chronic school refusal, low attendance in school (e.g <50% attendance), mental health issues, family violence or dysfunction for example
  • 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 intensive tertiary interventions)
  • is motivated to engage in RESET and transition to mainstream education within a 12 month period.


  • is willing to actively engage with the RESET team in accordance with the RESET model, primarily with the RESET Youth and Family Therapist in a minimum of 2-3 sessions a school term  to understand and practice co-regulation through activities such as providing a responsive relationship, teaching self-regulation skills and restructuring the environment where possible to support the student’s development of self-regulation
  • 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
  • is willing to keep RESET updated on student, family and additional supports contact details and open to providing permission for open communication with external supports as necessary.

How to apply

Please send enquiries, supporting documentation and completed referrals 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.

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