The Role of the Learning and Support Teacher:
The Learning and Support teacher, through the learning and support team, provides direct and timely specialist assistance to students in regular classes with additional learning and support needs and their teachers.
The Disability Standards for Education 2005 provides the context for the role and activities of the Learning and Support teacher. Emphasis in the role reflects the needs of individual students and school priorities and programs that support students with additional learning and support needs.
The role is underpinned by a collaborative and consultative approach so that the student and/or their parent or carer are actively involved in the student's education.
The Role of the Learning and Support Team:
The Learning and Support team receives referrals from teachers regarding students with additional learning and support needs. The team discusses the issues and the best way to support both the student and teacher. The type of support provided ranges from additional assessments and resulting adjustment programs to counsellor consultations. Parents are advised by the class teacher whenever a referral for their child is made to the learning and support team. A member of the team, together with the class teacher, reports back to parents with the results of the team's intervention.
Our Learning and Support programs include the following:
- Stages 2 and 3 in-class support for Mathematics groups;
- Reinforced Reading tutor program for Stage 3 students;
- Kindergarten Power Pack intensive small group support;
- Short term small group writing support in year 3, 4, 5 and 6, leading to a universal program in writing fluency; and
- Individual student program adjustments such as MULTILIT (Making Up Lost Time In Literacy).
Some of these programs have been implemented by a School Learning Support Officer and overseen by the Learning and Support teacher.
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.