Parents and carers are encouraged to discuss their concerns about their child's learning with the school. There are two options for this discussion. They are outlined as a series of steps below.
If your child already has an identified learning difficulty by a psychologist or paediatrician:
- Share written documentation with the school, and request a meeting to discuss the situation further.
- At a meeting with the school team the development of an Individual Learning Plan (ILP) will be discussed to document the most appropriate ongoing support.
- If an ILP is developed it will be reviewed regularly (at least twice a year) and updated and revised as appropriate.
If you do not have an identified learning difficulty by a psychologist or paediatrician:
- Request a meeting to speak with the classroom teacher.
- At the meeting discuss concerns, current needs of the child and existing support. In this meeting with the teacher develop additional supports if needed and schedule a follow up appointment (5-10 weeks later)
- The teacher will then develop supports for the child in the classroom (that are appropriate for the setting, the child and with a strong evidence base)
- At the follow-up appointment discuss if improvement has been made.
- If the child has made improvement, continue working with the school to maintain academic progress.
- At the meeting, it may be decided that an 'Individual Learning Plan' (ILP) may be developed to document additional support and progress of the student.
- If an ILP is developed it will be reviewed regularly (at least twice a year) and updated and revised as appropriate. Through this process it may be appropriate to communicate with the school team to discuss if a psycho-educational evaluation is appropriate for your child.
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