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 and oral language.
- 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 periods of explicit and direct teaching instead of attending Languages Education.
- In some cases students may attend two or three lessons during class literacy blocks. This particularly applies to students on a Student Learning Plan.
- Concentrated and explicit whole language and phonetic approach with revision of phonemic awareness for early years students.
- Direct teaching of a variety of language strategies which are repeated in a creative manner.
- Opportunities to support class writing genres and research assignments for Years 5 and 6.
- 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 Gold training classes are offered to selected students.
Within the classroom:
- Specific class modifications and support for the class teacher and students who are unable to complete subjects at their year level – students on a Student Learning Plan (SLP).
- Meetings with year level teachers to discuss student needs.
- Regular meetings with Guidance Officer, Head of Primary, Head of Pastoral Care, English as an Additional Language teacher, class teachers and teacher aides and teachers involved in the Student Support Department.
- Newsletters for parents to assist with home learning (includes creative ideas and websites on disorders, disabilities, language and learning topics).
- Referrals for parents to appropriate professionals.