Learning support

We monitor each student's progress and provide additional learning support if this is required.

Our school uses learning programs and specialised staff where needed and we work in partnership with parents and carers to assist students who have special learning needs.

Our school is committed to working with Aboriginal parents and community members in developing personalised plans for our Aboriginal students.

Many people contribute to supporting students with disability and additional learning and support needs and they have a wide range of roles and responsibilities to fill.

Classroom teacher

Each teacher holds primary responsibility for the learning of every student in the class

Learning and Support Team

The school learning and support team plays a key role in ensuring that the specific needs of students with disability and additional learning and support needs are met.

The team:

  • supports teachers in identifying and responding to the additional learning needs of students
  • facilitates and coordinates a whole school approach to improving the learning outcomes of every student
  • coordinates planning processes and resourcing for students with disability and additional learning and support needs
  • designs and implements the supports required to build teacher capacity so that all students access quality learning
  • develops collaborative partnerships with the school, parents and carers, other professionals and the wider school community.

Every school has a learning and support team. The composition of teams may vary as they are made up of members according to the needs of the particular school and community in which they work.

 

Learning and support teacher

The learning and support teacher (PDF 47.68 KB) provides direct and timely specialist assistance to students in regular classes with disability and additional learning and support needs and their teachers. Their works emphasises:

  • the needs of individual students
  • school priorities, and
  • evidence-based programs to assist students with additional learning and support needs.

Learning and support teachers use a collaborative and consultative approach so that students themselves and their parents or carers are actively involved in decision-making.

Assistant principal learning and support

Assistant principals learning and support (PDF 51.4 KB) work collaboratively with schools to support students with disability and additional learning and support needs and their teachers. Their work emphasises:

  • individual school priorities
  • regional/area priorities, and
  • evidence-based programs to assist  students with additional learning and support needs.

They also provide professional support for learning and support teachers through:

  • professional learning activities
  • network meetings, and
  • individual advice and support.

School learning support officer

School learning support officers works under the direction and supervision of the classroom teacher. They provide assistance to students with disability and additional learning and support needs enrolled in special schools, specialist support classes in regular schools and regular classes. They can provide assistance with:

  • school routines
  • classroom activities, and
  • the care and management of students with disability and additional learning and support needs.

School counsellor

School counsellors are qualified teachers who have a degree in psychology and post graduate qualifications in school counselling.

They complement and enhance the work of teachers by:

  • strengthening schools' student welfare provisions, and
  • providing psychological assessments of students with specific needs.

Senior Psychologist, Education

Senior Psychologist, Education coordinate and professionally supervise a team of school counsellors and psychologists. They work closely with local Educational Service teams and school counselling teams to assist schools to improve student learning and welfare outcomes and implement departmental priorities.

 

More information about supporting students who require additional support can be found on our Special needs support and Students with Disabilities pages.