SEVR Visiting Teacher Service

Visiting Teachers provide leadership for teachers and schools in the provision of effective curriculum and pedagogy to support student engagement, access and inclusion for students with disability or impairment in the following areas:

Physical disabilities

Health impairment

Hearing impairment

Vision impairment

The role of the Visiting Teacher focuses on:

  • Building the capacity of teachers to provide for students with additional needs.
  • Facilitating students’ access to learning across the curriculum.
  • Providing information regarding specific disabilities, and their related educational implications.
  • Providing information about resources, equipment, information and communication technology, and other support materials for individual students.
  • Monitoring and evaluating student progress through school and parent consultation, Student Support Groups and
  • Providing advice and relevant reports for applications for the Program for Students with Disabilities; grants and/or
  • Providing educational services to students from pre-school transition to VCE.
  • Assisting schools to develop specialised programs.
  • Supporting and monitoring individual learning programs at school or at home.
  • Assisting teachers to:
    • make modifications and accommodations to the curriculum and learning environment
    • recognise the educational and developmental needs that can be unique to students with disabilities or impairments
    • use student achievement data for students with additional needs develop individual learning plans

The Visiting Teacher role may also include:

Liaising

with parents, teachers, students, medical and paramedical personnel, regular and specialised educational settings, disability organisations, support agencies and vocational facilities.

Supporting

students, teachers, student welfare and special needs personnel and principals.

Consulting

with pre-schools, schools, Student Support Groups, VCE support groups, tertiary institutions, work  experience placements and other Student Support Services staff.

Providing

professional development for school communities on strategies to support the provision of a comprehensive and inclusive curriculum for students.

Promoting

community awareness, and the development of realistic and challenging expectations of students with disabilities.

Eligibility Criteria & Referral Process

PHYSICAL/HEALTH STREAM

Eligibility:

Students with a physical disability and/or serious health impairment that significantly impacts upon their academic, physical, social or emotional development.

Students whose hospitalisation and convalescence exceeds four weeks receive an automatic allocation upon request for service.

The physical disability or health impairment must be confirmed by a recent medical report.

 

HEARING STREAM

Eligibility:

Students with a hearing loss confirmed by a current audiogram and audiologist report.

Some factors which may influence support needs:

  • The degree and type of hearing loss
  • The age at diagnosis
  • The effect of hearing loss on the student’s acquisition of speech and language, academic performance and social/emotional wellbeing
  • The requirements and success of audiological management

Transition years of schooling, including pre-school enrolment

VISION STREAM

Eligibility:

Students with sufficiently low vision to be regarded as partially sighted, that is, a distance acuity of less than 6/18 (or equivalent) with glasses, if needed;

AND/OR

Students with a visual field reduction to less than 20 degrees

OR

Students who are legally blind

The vision impairment must be confirmed by the Educational Vision Assessment Clinic (EVAC) to determine eligibility and provide information about the vision impairment.

REFERRAL PROCESS

Student referrals must be made by the school where the student is enrolled.

The school will make a referral to the Visiting Teacher Service via the Student Online Cases System (SOCS).

A parent/guardian consent form, available on SOCS, must be signed and uploaded at the time of referral.

Locations

North Eastern Victoria Region Regional Offices

Benalla 
150 Bridge Street   East Benalla   3672
Telephone: 5761 2100
Fax: 5762 5039

Glen Waverley     
Level 3, 295 Springvale Road   Glen Waverley   3150
Telephone: 9265 2400
Fax: 9265 2444

North Western Victoria Region Regional Offices

Bendigo
7-15 McLaren Street   Bendigo   3550
Telephone: 5440 3111
Fax: 5442 5321

Coburg
Level 2, 189 Urquhart Street   Coburg   3058
Telephone: 9488 9488
Fax: 9488 9400

South Eastern Victoria Regional Offices

Dandenong
165-169 Thomas Street   Dandenong   3175
Telephone: 8765 5600
Fax: 8765 5666

Moe
Corner Kirk and Haigh Streets   Moe   3825
Telephone: 5127 0400
Fax: 5126 1933

South Western Victoria Regional Offices

Ballarat
109 Armstrong Street North   Ballarat   3350
Telephone: 5337 8444
Fax: 5333 2135

West Footscray
Level 3, Whitten Oval, 417 Barkly Street   West Footscray   3012

Telephone: 9291 6500
Fax: 9291 6565

Early Childhood Services
Quay West, 71 Moreland St   Footscray   3011
Telephone: 9275 7000
Fax: 9275 7222

Geelong
5A Little Ryrie Street   Geelong   3220
Telephone: 5225 1000
Fax: 5225 1099