Inclusion Support Service
Yarra Me School has developed a program to support mainstream primary schools, classrooms and teachers providing education to children with challenging behaviours. The ‘Inclusion Suport Service’ has been developed in response to a growing demand for our specialist service in the support of students with challenging behaviours. The Inclusion Support Service is a wholly dedicated outreach program where students are supported in their main schools.
Schools and teachers are now able to access additional support including consultation in relation to personalised learning plans or behaviour support plans, and teacher mentoring to develop a broader range of strategies to support students with behaviours of concern.
The features of the Inclusion Support Service sit within the Response to Intervention model and include:
A key framework for supporting students with challenging behaviours is the School Wide Positive Behaviour Supports (SWPBS). A range of SWPBS data tools are used to better inform schools on positive behaviour pathways for classroom and office use.
ROLE OF OUTREACH TEACHER
The outreach teacher's role is to work with school staff to develop learner profiles of the students referred to the Yarra Me School outreach service. These learner profiles will assist in building an understanding of the students referred to the service with challenging behaviours and then develop appropriate interventions.
In collaboration with the school, the outreach teacher will involve providing a range of supports such as developing learning and behaviour plans, support in the classroom, team teaching, meeting with parents and the Student Wellbeing Team, and coordinating Student Support Group meetings for the students referred to the service.
Students can be referred by the student's main school at any time. An Enrolment Committee considers each request as referrals come in. Schools are allocated to the Inclusion Support Service based on suitability and availability of outreach teachers for the program.
Referrals are accepted from primary schools in two areas of the North Western Victoria Region - metropolitan area of Melbourne and Bendigo (Greater Bendigo LGA)
The Inclusion Support Service is a one term program. Outreach teachers work with each school two days per week (Mon & Tues or Thur & Fri) over the term. Outreach teachers can work with up to three students from each school providing progressive documented inclusive supports to better understand the learning needs of the student and to support positive engagement with their learning.
At the end of the term, outreach teachers will schedule fortnightly follow up visits for consultation and monitoring for one term
For further information school staff can complete the Expression of Interest form below. Following this, schools will be asked to complete a student referral to tailor a strategy to meet the needs of the school and the students. Click here to download the referral form