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Student services and support programs

 
Our Student Services Team meets fortnightly to discuss the individual needs of students referred.  The members of the team are:
·         Deputy Principal
·         Guidance Officer
·         Support Teacher: Literacy and Numeracy (STLaN)
·         English as an Additional Language/Dialect Teacher (EAL/D)
·         Student Support Worker
·         Behaviour Support Team member
Students may be referred for any of the following reasons:
         Academic, social and/or emotional difficulties
         Academic enrichment
         Disabilities
         Speech and language difficulties
         English as an additional language and dialect
The committee makes recommendations based on the information and data presented by the referring staff member.  A letter outlining the recommendations from the committee is sent to the parent/carer by the Chairperson, as soon as possible after the referral has been processed. 
Classroom teachers generally refer students to the team; however, it is possible for parents/carers to bring their concerns to the team via the classroom teacher. At times, a referral may be requested by the school Leadership Team. 
In addition to classroom differentiation which is used by teachers to cater for individual needs, a number of support programs can be accessed to address individual student’s needs. These are listed as follows:

Whole School Curriculum Differentiation

Guided Reading is a two hour a week differentiated approach to teaching reading comprehension from Prep to  Year 6. 
Feedback for Differentiated Learning provides each student with an opportunity for feedback along the learning journey, prior to final assessment.  Teachers use data (or student feedback) to target their teaching for specific student needs.  See Appendix 6 - Feedback for Differentiated Learning (F4DL). 

Support Teacher: Literacy and Numeracy

STLaNs work with classroom teachers and other members of the school and local community to improve student outcomes with a focus on literacy and numeracy.  A team approach ensures that all students have access to the curriculum regardless of their differences.  STLaNs, in consultation with classroom teachers and the Leadership Team, plans and manages year level and classroom intervention, based on current data.
In addition, the STLaNs assist classroom teachers to identify, plan learning programs for identified students and support learning in the classroom.  This may include:
·         working in the classroom
·         teaching individual and small/large groups of students
·         withdrawing individual students for focused instruction

Guidance Officer (Visiting)

Guidance Officers collaboratively negotiate, develop and implement programs for students that have a focus on preventative and early intervention strategies that are responsive to identified personal, social, emotional and educational needs. In addition, the Guidance Officer provides counselling, psycho-educational assessment and/or individual student support, recommendations and advice to students, teachers and parents/carers concerning educational, behavioural, mental health and family issues.

Provision for families where English is an Additional Language/ Dialect

West End State School offers English support to students who speak another language, who may be newly arrived in Australia or born in Australia and have English language needs.  EAL/D teachers work within school teams to support EAL/D learners to develop the English language required to access and achieve across the school curriculum.  EAL/D teachers help classroom teachers to work with EAL/D learners in whole class contexts as well as providing intensive teaching to small groups or individual EAL/D students if required.
Our EAL/D (English as an Additional Language/Dialect) teacher and teacher-aides offer this support to students across all year levels. 

Student Support Worker (Part-time)

The Student Support Worker is employed part time, by an outside not-for-profit organisation and is based at West End State School to offer extra support to students and their families.  The SSW’s objective is to use play, activities, games, stories, books and worksheets to enhance students’ social-emotional skills and development and monitor their own behaviour. 

Speech and Language Pathologist (Visiting) 

Speech–language therapy (SLT) services can support individuals with difficulties in the areas of language, speech, voice, fluency, oro-motor functioning, or complex communication needs.

Advisory Visiting Teacher (Visiting)

Advisory visiting teachers (AVTs) support students across a number of schools.  AVTs mainly specialise in one or more of the six Education Adjustment Program (EAP) disability categories:
·         autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
·         hearing impairment (HI)
·         intellectual impairment (II)
·         physical impairment (PI)
·         speech-language impairment (SLI)
·         vision impairment (VI).

Enrichment Program

West End State School has developed an enrichment program for highly capable students.  This program is designed to extend student knowledge across a range of subject areas including STEAM, aligning with our School Strategic Plan.
The Enrichment Program projects are relatively short courses based around a single topic. Each session usually lasts no more than a term. The Enrichment Program is for students who need the challenge of a curriculum with greater rigor and expectations. The curriculum is enriched and accelerated to meet the students’ learning needs beyond that of the regular education curriculum through the use of problem-based learning in a small group, hands-on lessons, and analytical thinking skill units.  Students are extended, allowing them to take risks and discover new and challenging ideas.
The GEMS (Gifted Education Mentor) Committee - a team of teachers, Head of Curriculum (HOC), Master Teacher, Deputy Principal and the Enrichment Teacher Aide prepare and plan for the Enrichment Program that is implemented each term. Each member of this committee has completed the Regional GEM Training Course.  The Enrichment Teacher Aide, class teacher or HOC coordinates the program and teaches the students who have been nominated.