The Learning Support Team addresses the needs of all students through initiation, development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of educational programs. The main role of the Learning Support Team is to ensure the needs of all students are being met through universal, targeted or intensive programs. This is done through collaboration between staff, parents and students.

 

Referral Process

Parents with concerns for their child/children should talk to the class teacher first. After initial discussions parents can then refer any concerns to the Assistant Principal or Learning Support Coordinator. The Deputy Principals and the Principal can also support you in regard to your child once other avenues have been contacted. In an emergency or situations where it is not appropriate to talk to the class teacher or Assistant Principal then you can contact the office or senior executive.

When teachers are concerned about a child, a referral will be submitted to the Learning Support Team. The team will then decide on the most beneficial path for the child based on their individual needs.

Support Staff

  • Counsellor: Ms Ruth Reid is our school counsellor and is available for student support and assessment two days each week. Referrals can be made by parents, teachers or students by appointment through the school office.
  • Youth Worker:  We have a Youth Worker two days per week who is available for one-on-one student support or small group support. Main focus areas include anxiety, social skills and self-esteem. Referrals can be made by parents or teachers by appointment through the Learning Support Coordinator, Miss Talia Morgan.
  • Learning Support Teacher: Mrs Hayley Kain provides intervention and support for students experiencing difficulties in Literacy and Numeracy. The Learning Support program  involves small group educational programs and parents are consulted before inclusion of their child in one of these programs.
  • SLSOs: School Learning Support Officers work under the direction and supervision of the classroom teacher. They provide assistance to students with disabilities and additional learning and support needs. They can provide assistance with school routines, class activities and support of students.

Support Programs

As well as having a School Counsellor, Youth Worker and SLSOs we have other support programs in place for our students.

  • Theragames: . The SLSOs work with small groups of identified students during recess and lunch times using theragame activities which support students with social, emotional and behavioural issues.
  • MultiLit/PreLit: These research-based programs support students in Kindergarten and Year 1 with reading or Literacy difficulties and provide an intensive, structured instructional program in a positive teaching environment.
  • ILPS: Individual Learning Plans (ILPS) supports a wide range of students with additional learning and support needs. Personalised learning and support is underpinned by evidence of four key elements or areas of activity:

The assessed individual education needs of the student

The provision of adjustments or support to meet the students’ assessed needs

Monitoring and review of the impact of the adjustment/support being provided

Consultation and collaboration of teachers with parents, support staff and other professionals where required.

Outside Support

  • Benevolent Society Child, Youth and Family Program: Case management, family preservation and restoration, play and chat sessions,  volunteer home visiting.
  • CaFE: Child and Family East at Sydney Children’s Hospital provides services for children who are adapting to changes and managing difficulties such as anxiety, attention difficulties, behavioural disturbances, family changes, illness, death/trauma, depression and school.
  • Tumbatin: Situated  at Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick provides comprehensive diagnostic assessment of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), involving a multidisciplinary team (ie doctor, psychologist and/or social worker, speech pathologist, occupational therapist). Assessment of ASD involves a diagnostic and developmental interview with parents and consultation with other health, early education and school professionals.

General Information

There is an overwhelming amount of information on the internet about diagnosis and learning difficulties/support. A great place to start is the Sydney Children’s Hospital Fact Sheet page.

 http://www.schn.health.nsw.gov.au/fact-sheets