School care teams are school based support teams that provide a forum and means for addressing student needs, with the primary function of structured problem-solving. A care team consists of members of the school staff such as teachers, counsellors, and any other community members who are relevant and engaged in supporting students at the given institution. Care teams may work in partnership with the parents and families of students as well, thus, they often bring different stakeholders together who can then work collaboratively to provide the necessary support. Establishing school care teams can be an effective way to reduce the underachievement of students by linking educational interventions with other support services.
School care teams might carry out early intervention services targeting students who need additional support to improve their likelihood of success both in terms of academic and social and/or emotional goals. These services may include small group counselling, bullying prevention activities, mentoring or extended day programs.