Students in regular classes who experience difficulties in basic areas of learning and behaviour, regardless of the cause are supported through Learning and Support resources available in their local school.
Students in primary, secondary and central schools may receive additional assistance in literacy, numeracy, language and behaviour.
Students do not need a formal disability diagnosis to access support through these resources. It includes support for students with significant learning difficulties, mild intellectual disability, language disorder or delay and behaviour needs. Students with autism spectrum disorders or mental health disorders who have lower level needs are also supported through these school based resources.
The school's learning and support team can assist you with the identification of additional learning and support needs to ensure that the educational needs of your child are being met.
Learning and Support Teachers have a role within whole school initiatives to improve outcomes for students with additional learning and support needs.
The role of the Learning and Support Teacher as a member of the school learning and support team is to:
- work collaboratively with the classroom teacher to support assessment for learning of their students with additional educational needs and identify specific learning and support needs
- plan, implement, model, monitor and evaluate teaching programs for students with additional learning and support needs in conjunction with regular classroom teachers
- plan, implement, model, monitor and evaluate personalised adjustments for learning where required, with the classroom teacher, student and/or parent or carer
- model exemplary classroom practice when tailoring adjusted learning programs for students with additional learning needs
- provide direct support for students with additional learning and support needs through a range of strategies (including direct instruction, delivery of adjusted learning programs, assessment and monitoring of progress) including the areas of social integration, language and communication, literacy, numeracy and behaviour. This may include students with confirmed disabilities
- provide professional specialist advice, support and mentoring to classroom teachers on: how best to cater for the diverse learning needs in their classrooms, and how to effectively work in partnership with families to maximise learning opportunities for students at school and at home
- provide professional specialist advice and assistance about students with additional learning needs to the school's learning and support team, and
- assist with professional learning for class teachers and school learning support officers within their school and local network of schools where appropriate.
For more information contact your local school or phone 131 536.