There are tips, strategies and stories shared by other families throughout Learning Together. This section provides some key tips sheets and tools, including planners and a template that you can download, use and adapt as needed.
On this page:
- Video resources and resources in community languages
- A resource for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families
- Definitions of some key terms
- Choosing a school and transition planning
- Links to government policies and other key documents
- An education template to summarise your child’s needs
- Top ten tips for effective SSGs and letter-writing
- Contacts for advocacy organisations and DET
Video resources and resources in community languages
Three short videos are part of Learning Together, in which parents and carers share their experiences of choosing a school, helping make school work for their child, and raising a concern with school. The videos are available with captioning for Deaf and hearing impaired viewers. They are also available with subtitles in five community languages: Arabic, Chinese, Punjabi, Tagalog and Vietnamese, along with other selected information from Learning Together.
- Video resources in English with optional captions
- Videos and other information in community languages
A resource for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families
Learning Together is for all parents and carers of children and young people with disabilities and special needs in Victorian schools. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families can also find detailed information about supports and services in Rock Solid.
Definitions of some key terms
Schools can sometimes forget what it is like to come in from outside the system, and try to understand what is going on, and who does what. These pages give a plain language explanations of some key terms.
- Key terms explained: the language of school supports
- Key terms explained: People who can help your child and family
Choosing a school and transition planning
Some resources to support you to research schools, and to plan the process of support your child to transition into school, or from primary to secondary school.
- Choosing a school: Questions to ask
- Tip sheet and planner: kindergarten to primary school
- Tip sheet and planner: primary to secondary school
Links to government policies and other key documents
These pages provide brief summaries and links to all of the main government policies and guides relevant to your child at school.
An education template to summarise your child’s needs
This template aims to help you produce a summary of your child’s learning and support needs. It is intended to be short, for easy reference by any staff who have contact with your child. It is in addition to key documents including your child’s individual learning and support plan, reports or assessments. It is provided as a Word document so you can download it, and adapt it to your child’s needs.
Top ten tips for effective SSGs and letter-writing
Your child’s Student Support Group (or its equivalent in Catholic or independent schools) has a crucial role in planning and reviewing your child’s learning and support needs throughout their time at school. It is worth making sure you and the school staff have a shared understanding of what makes an effective SSG.
- Top ten tips for your first Student Support Group meeting
- Top ten tips for effective Student Support Group meetings
Letters can be very powerful tools for advocating for your child. It is worth working on your letter-writing skills. You can also get help from advocacy organisations to write important letters.