Planning your child’s education journey

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By planning for the stepping stones ahead, you can help your child to achieve in their chosen path.

Every child can learn

Your child’s school should challenge them and help them to achieve. Planning is a big part of this. By planning your child’s learning and the help they need, their school can help them reach their goals, and achieve their dreams.

Every child with special needs should have an ‘Individual Learning and Support Plan. This is a document that the school writes up every year. It’s a plan for what your child will learn, and how the school will help them. They might also have a ‘Koorie Education Learning Plan’ – this is a document that every Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander student should have.

Help set the goals for your child

The school should discuss your child’s Individual Learning and Support Plan with you at the start of the year, and then again at every Student Support Group meeting. You can help school set your child’s learning goals – what they will learn.

When Rodney and Suzanna’s son started at mainstream primary school, they had many meetings with his teacher and aide. They talked about how school would help him learn in the next fortnight. Over time, their son learned to be much more independent at school.

Learning through what your child loves

Children can learn a lot through doing what they love. Rodney and Suzanna’s son loves playing music.

The family got funding from the local council for him to learn guitar. When school offered piano lessons, they used that funding to pay for extra support at school, so he could learn piano in the same classroom as other children.

Regular check-ins

The school should be talking with you often about how your child is going at school. Children might not always tell you if they’re struggling. The teacher should let you know – through chats at drop off or pick up time, your child’s communication book, school reports, parent-teacher meetings and Student Support Group meetings.

Children have a hard time at school for many different reasons: because they don’t understand the work, because they need more help, or because of problems like feeling left out, or bullying. Your child might also need different help at school if their medical or care needs change, or if they are affected by changes at home. If you know your child is having a hard time at school, make a time to yarn with the teacher, to sort it out before it becomes a big drama.