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The Student Support Team

The Student Support Team is a collaborative approach to dealing with behavioural, academic and/or emotional problems that students may encounter in the school and home environment.

The team is composed of a member from the Leadership Team, usually an Assistant Principal; the Support Teacher Inclusive Education; the Guidance Counsellor; the Classroom Teacher, and sometimes specialist agencies involved with the child. The team usually meets once a week between 8:00am and 11:00am. The team assists the parents and teachers in developing a plan for supporting the students and then evaluating the effectiveness of the plan with a view to future planning.

The Student Support Team process is an effective, proactive approach to problem solving at Marymount Primary School. In some cases, concerns can be addressed in one session while in other situations the support may be ongoing. Sometimes there is a need to refer parents to other agencies (e.g. a Speech and Language therapist). The problems that are addressed are many and varied. Anxiety, lack of concentration, an inability to make friends and delayed progress in learning, are illustrative of the types of issues that are addressed.

By tapping into the collective wisdom of the group, the team is able to assess performance, discuss relevant background issues and pool ideas on effective means of supporting a child's learning and development.

Purpose of the Student Support Team Meeting:

The support team convenes to share vital information about the targeted student's strengths and educational needs and to collaboratively develop an effective plan to overcome any identified barriers to learning and/or to the development of pro-social behaviours.

Beliefs

Class teachers are given support in providing for the diverse learning needs of students in their classes.

Parents and caregivers have significant knowledge of their child's strengths and educational needs. Their insights and ideas are especially valued in the support team process.

Team members bring a diversity of expertise, perspectives and ideas to the process. Collaborative problem solving generates creative solutions.

The team takes up the challenge to support the student to overcome identified barriers to learning and/or pro-social behaviour. Building on the student's strengths is an important factor in addressing this challenge. Strategies, approaches, interventions and plans should be regularly reviewed to achieve maximum effectiveness. Effective communication is essential to success in the support team approach.

Process of Referral

Referrals are made in the first instance to the Support Teacher Inclusive Education who co-ordinates referrals, sets meeting dates and invites participants.

Referrals may be made by parents/caregivers, class teachers, The Leadership Team and/or support personnel.

Student Support Team brochure

The Student Support Team Agenda (Sample only):

  • Welcome and Introductions (Chair)
  • Brief outline of purpose of SST meeting
  • Parent (or other appropriate team member) is invited to share student's 'background story' including perceptions of strengths and educational needs.
  • Team members are invited (in turn) to share information or insights (from their expertise/perspectives) about the student's strengths and educational needs.
  • Clarifications (if necessary)
  • Generation of ideas/solutions
  • Plan of action is developed (includes what, who, when, etc)
  • Review process is established
  • Summary

Minutes are recorded, to be distributed to team members.

Guidance Counsellor - Mary Sanders

As Marymount Primary's Guidance Counsellor I work to support students dealing with issues or situations that negatively impact upon their well being. Changing family circumstances, social - emotional difficulties as well as academic and behavioural problems can have a dramatic impact on a child’s school experience and personal development. I am able to support students in times of crisis and to provide counselling and referral services where appropriate. While some students seek my assistance themselves, others are referred to me by: the Leadership Team, through Student Support Team Meetings, or by concerned teachers and parents. As a registered teacher, clinical psychologist and Mum, I have gained considerable experience working with children, their families, peers and teachers to develop strategies and skills that enable students to manage and overcome a range of challenges.

I am happy for people to contact me at my office (Room A3), which is located in the Library Block, or by telephone on 5535 1803

Please feel free to contact me for further information.​