Support for students in DET schools

Source: www.education.vic.gov.au – October 2013

The Department of Education and Training (DET) is committed to improving
the learning outcomes of all students, by acknowledging and catering for
their diverse learning needs. A key element of this commitment is an emphasis
on improving the learning outcomes for students with disabilities and additional
learning needs, including strategies that ensure inclusive practices are
in place in schools.

Below are links that may be helpful for students with additional learning
needs in DET schools:

Accessible Buildings Program

www.education.vic.gov.au/Documents/about/programs/needs/accessbuildprogguid.doc

The Department undertakes an annual program to provide facilities that
will enable students, parents and teachers with injuries or disabilities
to access mainstream schools. It provides funding for projects to:

  • meet the needs of new students at a school
  • meet the needs resulting from deterioration of a student’s condition
  • expand existing facilities to cater for the curriculum requirements
    of the student.

Applications for this program may be submitted at any time throughout the year. Priority will be provided in situations where:

  • the student with disabilities is a new enrolment;
  • if the school is unable to provide sufficient access to school facilities
    essential to the curriculum or toileting needs of the student.

AusVELS

www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/Pages/foundation10/curriculum/index.aspx

AusVELS is the Foundation to Year 10 curriculum that provides a single,
coherent and comprehensive set of prescribed content and common achievement
standards, which schools use to plan student learning programs, assess student
progress and report to parents.

AusVELS incorporates the Australian Curriculum F-10 for English, Mathematics,
History and Science within the curriculum framework first developed for
the Victorian Essential Learning Standards (VELS). AusVELS uses an eleven
level structure to reflect the design of the new Australian Curriculum whilst
retaining Victorian priorities and approaches to teaching and learning.

Students with vision impairments may require additional disability-specific
skills – the expanded core curriculum.

Equipment Grants for students with vision impairments

www.education.vic.gov.au/school/principals/health/pages/programsupp.aspx

Equipment grants are available to assist Victorian government schools to
purchase major items of essential, specialised equipment for students with
vision impairments who do not meet the eligibility requirements for the
Program for Students with Disabilities.

Medical and Accessibility Support

www.education.vic.gov.au/school/principals/health/Pages/programsupp.aspx

The Schoolcare Program is a service provided by the Department in partnership
with the Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH), RCH@Home program, which gives
Victorian government school staff the skills to support students who have
complex medical needs.

The Schoolcare Program enables students with ongoing complex medical needs
to have their health care requirements met safely at school. This is done
by providing training to the school staff that care for them. This service
provides specialist training to staff who deliver interventional medical
care to students while they are attending school.

Program for Students with Disabilities

www.education.vic.gov.au/school/teachers/teachingresources/diversity/pages/handbook.aspx

The DET is committed to improving the learning outcomes of all students,
by acknowledging and catering for their diverse learning needs.

A key element of this commitment is an emphasis on improving the learning
outcomes for students with disabilities and additional learning needs, including
strategies that ensure inclusive practices are in place in schools.

Student Support Officers

www.education.vic.gov.au/school/students/support/Pages/ssso.aspx

Student Support Services help children and young people facing barriers
to learning to achieve their educational and developmental potential. They
offer specialised support at individual, group, school and network levels.

Through Student Support Services, you can speak to a range of professionals
including psychologists, guidance officers, speech pathologists, social
workers and visiting teachers. Student Support Services Officers work as
part of an integrated health and wellbeing team within networks of schools.
They offer individual and group support, workforce capacity building and
the delivery of specialised services.

Special Provision for VCE

www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/Pages/vce/exams/specialprovision/specialprovision.aspx

The Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority offer a range of Special
Provision to eligible students including:

  • alternative arrangements to school-based assessment
  • special examination arrangements for external examinations
  • derived examination scores

Statewide Vision Resource Centre

http://www.svrc.vic.edu.au

Located in Donvale, the SVRC provides professional development, materials
in alternative format, educational programs; and aims to promote an understanding
of the educational needs of students who are blind or who have low vision.

Visiting Teachers

www.education.vic.gov.au/Documents/school/principals/spag/safety/studsuppguidelines.pdf

The purpose of Student Support Services is to assist children and young
people facing a range of barriers to learning to achieve their educational
and developmental potential through the provision of a range of strategies
and specialised support at individual, group, school and network levels.
Student Support Services comprise a broad range of professionals including
psychologists, guidance officers, speech pathologists, social workers and
visiting teachers.

Visiting teachers provide direct teaching, high-level advice and a range
of supports to classroom teachers, education support staff, students, families
and the wider school community. Visiting teachers often provide region-wide
support to students, working with eligible students in three streams: physical/health
impaired, vision impaired, and hearing impaired.