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 states that one of its core values is ‘Equity’ and how we all have the right to challenging and engaging learning opportunities.

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.

School health nurses – The school health nurse program provides a high quality specialised school- based health service to children, young people and families in Tasmania. The program is safe, equitable and easily accessible, improving health and wellbeing and increasing engaged and successful learners.  The School Health Nurse program is committed to supporting schools, families and communities to help foster healthy choices, through prevention, early intervention and health promotion/education to students and families. This includes hearing and vision screening, developmental assessments and subsequent referrals as well as health education linked to the Australian curriculum.  Secondary school / district school nurses also provide drop-in clinics to students in order to empower them to take responsibility of their own health needs, which helps facilitate the transition from adolescence to adulthood.

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

School Information Brochures are available for parent and community member information.

Good Teaching Resources

The following Good Teaching Guides have been developed to support inclusive teaching practice, and are available for teaching staff:

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.