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Student Support Services - Special Needs
In addition to providing specialist staff support for some areas of study, students are given additional support where required which includes Special Needs Program, Literacy Intervention Support Program (LISP), Negotiated Education Plans and Learning Pals Program. There is an emphasis on early assistance for students who require additional support in the first few years of schooling. Teachers regularly assess students using diagnostic assessment tools to assist them in this area. Parents are informed if their child requires extra assistance and are invited to attend planning meetings.

Literacy Intervention Support Program (LISP)
This is a multi-sensory and structured program designed for Year 1 and 2 students who are ‘at risk’ of slipping behind the class normal developmental rate in literacy.  
The program is designed in consultation with the classroom teacher, special education coordinator and school support officer, so that the individual needs of students are met.   Students are given intensive one-to-one tuition for two sessions per week over a period of 10-12 weeks. Through this intervention program students gain confidence, increase their self-esteem and skills and strategies in reading and writing.

Negotiated Education Plans (NEPs)
Students identified by Guidance Officers or Speech pathologists as having a physical, intellectual or sensory impairment and/or disability in communication and language may be required to be on a Negotiated Education Plan (NEP).
Significant support is required in order for them to benefit from their learning experiences at school.  Students are withdrawn in a one-to-one situation to work on a specific program. This program has been specially designed after a process of discussions and decision making on curriculum priorities by support staff and teachers.
 
Differentiation / Catering for High Achievers
Staff at Craigburn are committed to supporting all students achieve their highest possible learning outcomes. Teachers extend high achieving students through offering a rich and challenging curriculum, by utilising higher order thinking skills and also encouraging creativity. As well, students have the opportunity to expand their skills in providing leadership or supporting others with their learning. Differentiating the curriculum through extension activities and encouraging extra-curricular involvement is also important.