Learning Support – Information for Families

All students progress with their learning at different rates and quite often have differing learning needs.

Learning and support resources are utilised at Craigburn P.S. to help any student experiencing difficulties in learning in a regular class, regardless of the cause.

This includes support for students with:

  • learning difficulties
  • mild intellectual disabilities
  • speech & language disorders
  • behaviour needs
  • autism spectrum disorders or mental health disorders (with lower level support needs).

For some children, additional learning and support needs are identified from early childhood. For other children, the need for extra support may not become clear until some way into their schooling.

What do I do if I think my child requires support? 

In the first instance, please make contact with your child’s classroom teacher(s) to share and discuss your concerns and questions. Together the best course of action can be determined. Regular communication with your child’s class teacher is essential to support student learning and progress. 

How are students identified as requiring support? 

  • Through communication between parents and class teachers.
  • Through student data (standardised testing results such as NAPLAN and PAT, subject achievement, observational classroom data and work samples) 

What kinds of support are available? 

Support for students is available at two levels: 

1. School based accommodations and support 

2. Involvement of Department for Education (DfE) Support Services 

What support exists at a school level? 

Teachers plan and deliver curriculum with the intent to differentiate learning opportunities for all students. 

Following communication with parents, teachers are able to provide some modifications and adjustments to the learning program to support a student’s learning. This may include: 

Involvement in school intervention programs where students are withdrawn from class to work with a teacher or SSO – for example: 

  • TooSmart Maths 
  • Reading Doctor 
  • Targeted literacy and numeracy 
  • Identified social skills

Adjustments within the classroom could include: 

  • providing more time to complete tasks 
  • providing alternative methods to present work where possible 
  • breaking down instructions into smaller steps 
  • providing copies of notes for students 
  • using individual teaching strategies to suit students 
  • modifying the complexity of a task  

What is an NEP or OnePlan? 

A Negotiated Education Plan (NEP) or OnePlan is created for students who have been assessed through the Department’s referral process as having a verified disability (Intellectual, Global Developmental Delay, Speech and/or Language, Vision, Hearing, Physical, Autistic Disorder / Asperger Disorder). 

The NEP/OnePlan is created in consultation with the student, parents and the school. The NEP/OnePlan sets out the background information, strengths and needs of the student, and their learning goals. It is reviewed annually. 

Throughout 2019 Craigburn P.S. will be transitioning to OnePlan Online in line with the DfE initiative for all schools to be using the online system by the end of 2022.

What support services do DfE provide? 

DfE Support Services offer additional student support in areas such as: 

  • Speech pathology 
  • Special education 
  • Behaviour support 
  • Attendance and engagement 
  • Hearing 
  • Psychology 

Referral Process

To access this level of support a referral process must take place. 

In this instance: 

  1. A parent and/or teacher communicates an ongoing concern with school leadership about a student. 
  2. A pre-referral conversation occurs between the school and DfE Support Services panel to discuss the referral for support. 
  3. If the referral proceeds, parent permission will be sought for an assessment of the student by a Department professional or provider. 
  4. Following this assessment DfE will notify the school as to whether or not the student qualifies for funding for additional support. If a student is verified as having a disability and requiring support they will be allocated a support level by DfE Support Services.

An NEP/OnePlan will be created for the student which outlines strengths and learning goals. 

Please note that some learning difficulties such as dyslexia, auditory processing disorder and others do not attract additional funding for student support. Also please note the referral process can take a lengthy period of time. 


Are there other options for support?

Parents and caregivers are encouraged to seek support from private providers if they feel it is necessary. Some private providers are involved with the National Disability and Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and will meet students and parents at the school on a regular basis. In this instance please provide the school with a copy of any written reports/student assessments undertaken privately to enable teachers to optimise learning at school.

Organisations which target specific learning difficulties and mental health also provide support for parents and include:

SPELD SA—Dyslexia and Specific Learning Difficulties Association of SA (08) 8431 1655 – http://www.speld-sa.org.au

Autism SA (08) 8379 6976 – http://www.autismsa.org.au

Dyslexia SA (08) 8431 1655 – http://www.dyslexiasa.org.au

Headspace 1800 063 267 – https://www.headspace.org.au

SA Health (08) 8226 6000 – www.sahealth.sa.gov.au

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