Student Support Groups

A Student Support Group is mandatory for all students in the Program for Students with Disabilities, Indigenous students, students in Out of Home Care, and is strongly encouraged for any student with additional learning needs. The focus of the Student Support Group is on educational planning for your child and monitoring their progress.

If your child has a disability or additional needs, a student support group can help them get the right support at school. A student support group gives you the opportunity to work with your child’s school to make decisions about their education and check their progress.

The group includes:

  • the child’s parent or carer
  • the teacher or teachers who have responsibility for your child
  • the school principal or a nominee – for example, the assistant principal or student services team leader

It can also include:

  • any other people who work with your child, as agreed by the group – for example a social worker or medical professional
  • your support person or advocate – if you choose to use one
  • your child – if appropriate.

Your child can attend student support group meetings, but there may be times when this is not appropriate. Even if they do not attend, your child’s preferences can be considered when the group makes decisions.