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Supporting Student Need


Supporting Student Need

Supporting Student Need
We believe quality education is based on the principles of acceptance and inclusion of all students. The Department of Education’s Learners First Strategy 2014–17 states that one of its core values is ‘Equity’ and how we all have the right to challenging and engaging learning opportunities in appropriate settings.
Professional Support for Students
Support teachers – are skilled teachers who support the school and classroom teacher to improve outcomes for students with disability and/or additional needs.
Speech and language pathologists – are qualified and skilled in assessing, diagnosing and managing speech, language and feeding disorders and difficulties. They work with students, parents, teachers and support staff to help students overcome development delays or disorders which affect their ability to communicate.
School psychologists – are registered psychologists. They work with students, staff and parents towards the best outcomes for students’ educational achievement and personal wellbeing through assessments, counselling and case management. They offer support for concerns such as under-achievement, poor social coping skills, anxiety, depression, grief and loss and trauma impact.
Social workers – are professional practitioners who provide confidential counselling and support to students and their families around a range of issues. These may include relationships, mental health difficulties, stress management, attendance issues, grief counselling and conflict resolution. They provide assistance for families/students at risk of harm (from self or from others) such as suicide, self-harm, child protection issues or risk of homelessness. Social work services can be accessed directly by families or students, or through a referral from school staff.
School chaplains – provide pastoral support and spiritual and ethical support when appropriate.
Student welfare workers – provide help and care to support personal and social wellbeing.
Respectful Schools Support Teams provide a focus on developing and embedding school wide positive behaviour approaches and building staff capacity regarding educational adjustments using the Australian Curriculum and building inclusive cultures and communities.
There is one team based in each Learning Service consisting of a School Psychologist (Behavioural), Behaviour Learning Leader and Teacher Learning Leader.
The Students with Disability webpage has more information on other services the department provides to ensure learners have engaging learning opportunities in appropriate settings.
School Information Brochures - Support Areas
Brochures to have been developed in hard copy and online formats for parent and community member information.
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Personalising Learning Vignettes
All learners are individuals, schools are personalising learning to ensure everyone can learn and achieve their very best. The below vignettes show authentic scenarios of some of the personalised learning support and services available in Tasmanian Government schools.







The Respectful Schools and Workplaces Framework outlines the priorities and strategies we are implementing that will contribute to safe and inclusive learning and working environments throughout our department.
Respectful Schools and Workplaces Framework Graphic


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