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
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.
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.
Class teachers are given support in providing for the diverse learning needs of students in their classes.
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.
are made in the first instance to the Support Teacher Inclusive
Education who co-ordinates referrals, sets meeting dates and invites
Referrals may be made by parents/caregivers, class teachers, The Leadership Team and/or support personnel.
Student Support Team brochure
- 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
- Team members are invited (in turn) to share information or insights
(from their expertise/perspectives) about the student's strengths and
- Clarifications (if necessary)
- Generation of ideas/solutions
- Plan of action is developed (includes what, who, when, etc)
- Review process is established
Minutes are recorded, to be distributed to team members.
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.