Student Support

Support for students with specific learning needs is managed and delivered by the Student Support Team under the guidance of the Principal. This team considers the needs of all students and allocates assessments, programs and support hours to address these needs.

Student Support is as follows:

Negotiated Education Plans

Are provided for students who meet DECD criteria for disability. These plans are developed to accommodate the student’s learning and usually involve special support hours that are provided for this purpose. Approximately 8% of the school population are supported in this way.

Speech Program

May be provided for students who are assessed by a DECD Speech Pathologist. These interventions are generally provided for younger students.

Literacy Interventions

For Year 4 to 6 students target different literacy needs at stages through the primary years. The first wave of intervention is provided in classrooms and if further intervention is required and the following programs are available.

  • Phonological Awareness for reception students
  • Literacy Intervention Program for Year 1 students who fail to meet school reading expectations and benchmarks
  • QuickSmart Reading Program for students who are just below average in Years 4 and 6

Maths Intervention

Is provided through the QuickSmart maths program

English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EALD)

Is supported through individual, group and class interventions. Students with higher levels of need receive more direct instruction from our EALD teacher. All EALD students are scaled according to their English proficiencies and their class programs adjusted accordingly.

Aboriginal Students

Receive direct assistance with their literacy skills through the QuickSmart program and an Aboriginal Worker supports families and students with indigenous backgrounds.

Other supports include:

Work with individual students who require emotional or academic support. These tutors are volunteers who are highly trained. They are matched rigorously to the needs and personalities of students.

Are installed in most classrooms to ensure that students with hearing or attention difficulties can hear and respond to instructions.

A good connection exist with Regional Support Services that include psychology, speech pathology, attendance, social work, hearing advice etc.