Staff at Cleveland State School recognise that individual students will need different types of support at different times as they undertake their education journey. A special needs committee exists at Cleveland State School to guide the support options available for students who encounter difficulties in accessing the learning program because of some sort of inhibitor that impacts on their learning.
Support can be directed towards students who are identified as performing either significantly below or significantly above expectations. A deputy principal, the support teacher, literacy and numeracy, guidance officer and Special Education Program teacher form the core of the committee. Classroom teachers, Advisory Visiting Teachers (AVTs), parents and external support providers also help guide committee decisions and recommendations.
Parent permission is obtained before any student is referred to the special needs committee and parents are kept informed of any committee recommendations and actions.
The committee makes recommendations that may see students accessing any of the following services:
The support teacher, literacy and numeracy can work with teachers and students to support student learning.
Types of support can include:
co-operative planning with teachers
needs based resourcing
1 on 1 or small group support in classrooms
support through structured programs such as 'Rainbow Reading' or 'Words Their Way'.
The guidance officer can provide counselling services or cognitive assessments and often acts as a liaison between the school and outside agencies (e.g. paediatricians).
AVTs can provide support for students and/or teachers when student behaviour is considered a key factor in student underachievement. AVT’s help develop behaviour support plans after close consultation with parents, teachers, relevant external agencies and members of the school administration team.
Speech and language
All Prep students are assessed for oral language development and identified students are supported through small group instruction or focused 1 on 1 support through Prep and Year 1. Other students are supported on a needs basis. Speech and language specialists also provide professional development opportunities for staff.
Special Education Program
Students with a verified disability are fully integrated into mainstream classes and supported by a special education teacher and teacher aides. Individual education plans are developed for each student to ensure individual needs are supported.
The school chaplain offers students opportunities for informal discussions. Students seeking ongoing support need to obtain parent permission.
Kid’s hope mentors
Volunteers from a local church provide students with opportunities to interact with significant adults. Mentoring sessions are informal, take place during school hours and are available to a small number of identified students.