Tools and resources

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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.

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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.


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.


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.


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.

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.


Contacts for advocacy organisations and DET