Student Support Department (SSD) is a department within the primary school which is available to students who require assistance with their learning.
It caters and provides additional support for students who may require:
- Revision of strategies and skills of reading, writing, comprehension, spelling, oral language and arithmetic.
- Students who may require modifications to their curriculum and strategies to assist their learning and or behaviour within the classroom.
Student Support lessons consist of:
- Two 40-minute weekly sessions of explicit and direct teaching instead of Languages Education.
- Well researched, effective whole language and phonetic approach with revision of phonemic awareness for Lower Primary students.
- Direct teaching of a variety of language strategies which are reinforced in a creative manner.
- Opportunities to support the range of writing genres.
- Students will participate in language-based games and will have strategies modelled to them.
- Specific practice of auditory processing skills.
- Courses such as the FX Program for self-regulation and the Read Write training is offered to selected students.
Within the classroom:
- Adjustments as required for students to make the curriculum accessible to them.
- Student specific modifications when they are unable to complete subjects at their year level.
- Meetings with year level teachers to discuss and monitor ongoing student needs.
- Regular meetings with the Guidance Officer, Pastoral Care staff, English as an Additional Language teachers, class teachers, teacher aides and Student Support teachers as deemed necessary.
- Newsletters for parents to assist with home learning (includes creative ideas and resources on disorders, disabilities, language, learning and other topics).
- Referrals for parents to appropriate professionals.
- Regular meetings with class teachers, case managers and stakeholders, to create and maintain personalised educational plans for students.