SCHOOL Learning Support Officers (SLSOs) are worth their weight in gold.
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These kind and skilled superheroes in disguise offer support to all staff, assisting them to ensure all children are progressing through the curriculum and achieving success in their learning.
This week we visited Irrawang Public School and learned about their SLSO program, and how it benefits the children.
Irrawang Public School Principal Stacy Mathieson told News Of The Area, “At Irrawang Public, we cater for the needs of our learners through differentiation and support for all.”
“Every classroom from K-6 has an SLSO in their room for three hours a day, which is during the key learning times for literacy and numeracy.”
“They support students and teachers to access the curriculum in a fair and equitable way,” she said.
Mrs Mathieson added, “We also have SLSOs working full time in our onsite Department preschool and also in our three support classes.”
Year 5/6 teacher Mrs Lisa Ping said, “It’s fantastic to have an SLSO in the classroom every morning, so that all students have an opportunity to work with either the classroom teacher or the SLSO to support their learning, and to identify goals for their future learning.”
When Year 5 and 6 students Celeste Foley and Leonardo Stevens were asked why they liked having an SLSO in their classroom, Celeste answered, “When my teacher is busy, the SLSO can help me to get my work done.”
Leo said, “It’s really good to have an extra person to help.”
The children at Irrawang Public School are guided in their educational journey by a team of passionate teachers, executives and support staff that are committed to their success.