At Bankstown Girls' High School students with additional learning needs are identified and supported by members of the Learning and Support team.
The Learning and Support team, which consists of the School Principal, two Deputies, the Head Teacher Wellbeing, the School Counsellor, the Careers Adviser and two Learning & Support teachers, meets regularly to identify which students need support and which strategies and/ or resources best support their individual needs.
The Learning and Support team ensures that students with additional learning needs can access and participate in education on the same basis as other students.
An additional learning need may include a physical disability, a learning difficulty or disability, a mental health concern, a behaviour disorder or an Autism Spectrum disorder.
Students with additional learning needs may be supported in class through team teaching, withdrawn from class individually or with a targeted group, referred to the School Counsellor, supported by the Transition Adviser or referred to an external agency.
A Life Skills pathway is another support that is offered to students with additional learning needs. It provides identified students with individual support in the classroom or with a targeted group. Class work and assessment tasks can be adjusted to suit individual learning needs and goals. Classroom teachers, the Transition Adviser and Learning & Support teachers work collaboratively to provide individualised programs, improve student participation and enhance post school options.
Students with additional learning needs are entitled to in-school adjustments throughout years 7-12. Students with a diagnosed additional learning need are also eligible for Special Provisions during the Higher School Certificate examinations.
Parents and Carers are pivotal in the planning process and are involved in all decisions made.