This section explains how your child’s school should work with you to plan and tailor your child’s learning and supports, throughout their years at school.
On this page:
- Starting out right and transition points
- Planning for senior secondary and post-school options
- The basics: good communication and the Student Support Group
- A plan for meeting your child’s needs and goals
- Different adjustment to meet a range of needs
In A guide to supports for students, we explain the support system for students with disabilities. In Building a partnership with school, we share tips from other families about what you can do, as a parent or carer, to effectively support your child’s education. In Raising a Concern with school, we give tips on how to raise any concern you might have about your child’s learning or supports, or their experiences at school.
Starting out right and transition points
Planning and good communication are the keys to success throughout your child’s education journey. They are most critical at the ‘transition points’ – the times when your child is moving from one education setting to another. It’s important to understand how transition works, and who can help make sure your child makes a successful transition, and has the support they need in their new school.
- Starting primary school: planning your child’s supports
- Kindergarten to primary school: making the transition
- Primary to secondary school: preparation and planning
- Primary to secondary school: making the transition
Planning for senior secondary and post-school options
There are many different pathways available to young people with disabilities when they leave school. This section explains some of those options and the supports available, and how early planning can help your child to find a pathway that draws on their interests, strengths and ambitions.
- Exploring and planning for your child’s post-school options
- Not just VCE: study options for senior secondary students
The basics: good communication and the Student Support Group
Children and young people do best when there is a strong, effective working relationship between their parents or carers and their school. As in any relationship, communication is key.
Your child’s Student Support Group (SSG) is the main forum for discussion and planning of your child’s education program. Through the SSG, you come together with the key people involved in your child’s learning and supports, to ensure that your child gets the right support throughout their education journey. Your contribution is invaluable, as the person who knows your own child best. Your child can also have input and participate.
A plan for meeting your child’s needs and goals
Personalised learning and support planning is an important way to document and support their learning journey. Your child’s plan should be a ‘living document’, that is reviewed and adjusted regularly throughout their years at school. Goals in the plan should be linked to the school curriculum, and should be both achievable and challenging for your child.
Different adjustment to meet a range of needs
Based on an understanding of your child’s abilities and needs, and the right learning goals, your child’s SSG should develop a range of strategies or ‘adjustments’ to support your child’s learning. These should also be documented in your child’s plan. The SSG should regularly review your child’s adjustments, and adapt them as needed.
These adjustments are about much more than your child’s academic progress; they can also support your child’s personal and medical care, their participation in school activities, their communication, physical development and their emotional development and social inclusion.
- Resources to support planning, assessment and adjustments to the curriculum
- Measuring, reporting and reflecting on your child’s progress
- Adjustments to meet a wide range of needs
- Examples of adjustments