Student Support Groups
The Student Support Group (SSG) is central to the process of ensuring that the educational and social needs of students are met.
The SSG is made up of the people who have knowledge of the student and can contribute to creating their educational plan. According to the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development’s Guidelines, the aims of the Student Support Group are to:
The Student Support Group is responsible for:
Having all of these people at the meeting may be unnecessary. Consider that the parents/carers may feel more comfortable in a smaller group. Consult parents about their preferences for who will attend. It is good practice to provide all participants with an outline of the areas that will be discussed well in advance of the meeting so that everyone has a chance to consider their contributions.
During the SSG, it is important to take notes so that there is a record of the discussion and which parties will be responsible for particular tasks. At the first SSG meeting of the year, staff can arrange with the parents a system for regular, clear communication between home and school about the student’s learning, behaviour and day-to-day organisation. For some suggestions about methods of communication between home and school, click here.