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Student Support Groups

5  Operation

A Student Support Group (SSG) is mandatory for students in the Program for Students with Disabilities (PSD) and students in Out of Home Care, and strongly encouraged for any students with additional learning needs.

For information about the PSD refer to Program for Students with Disabilities.

For information about student in Out of Home Care refer to Supporting Students in Out-of-Home Care.

The principal/principal nominee will ensure the parent/carer(s) have access to this guidance, the Program for Students with Disabilities operational guidelines for schools, and related school policy documents concerning the education of students with disabilities. This will assist the parent/carer(s) to participate fully in the process.

5.1  Meetings

Sufficient time must be allowed for the SSG participants to prepare before meetings are convened, including time for the parent/carer(s) and the parent/carer(s)' advocate to meet. Meetings should be arranged at times that enable all members to be present.

SSG meetings should be convened on a regular basis (at least once per term) and as soon as practicable following a request by an SSG member.

The principal/principal nominee needs to ensure that efficient and effective meeting arrangements are in place. Refer to Student Support Group Sample 1 and Sample 2 in Resources.

5.2  Concerns

Concerns regarding the process used by the SSG or the management of resources by the school should be resolved, if possible, with the principal. If the issue(s) cannot be resolved at the school level, the concern should be forwarded in writing to the school’s Regional Director. For Regional contact details refer to Our Office Locations.

For information on the Department’s policy and guidelines regarding complaints, refer to Parent Complaints.

Guidance chapter on operational matters relating to Student Support Groups, including guidance on meetings and raising concerns

Reviewed 18 June 2021

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