For many young people, the school environment is a place of learning, creating friendships, forging an identity and searching for a direction in life. However, there are some students who have difficulty in actively engaging in the learning process and therefore run the risk of not completing their school education. 'The Empty Desk' is a practical and informative program that focuses on how educators can identify and assist students at risk. It introduces what 'student at risk' is, examines the causes of disengagement and provides strategies that educators can use in the classroom to build a strong teacher student relationship. Also featured are interviews with teachers from The Pavilion School, Melbourne.