Planning meetings are vital to the success of your child’s school program and can involve several people who come together to plan and make key decisions about your child’s learning needs. The impact of your child’s Intellectual Disability will need to be considered in the development of their educational program which will be discussed at these meetings. Depending on the severity of the ID, which may be minimal or significant, strategies and supports will be required for your child to access the curriculum and to be challenged so they can reach their potential.
The planning meetings will be held throughout the primary and secondary years of schooling with the aim to work with the school staff to ensure the best possible program is in place for your child. There are many interchangeable acronyms for planning meetings, which have the same outcome, which is to develop an Individual Learning Plan or an Individual Education Plan. The following are the most common names:
- SSG – Student Support Group
- PSG – Program Support Group
- ISG – Individual Support Group
Attendees at these meetings can be:
- Parents/Caregivers/ Parent support person
- Principal or nominee, Teacher
- Multi-disciplinary staff (if applicable eg psychologist)
- Student (if applicable)
The purpose of the meeting is to:
- To share your knowledge and the teachers’ about your child
- To identify your child’s achievements and any concerns you or the school might have
- To set priority learning goals that will build on your child’s skills through a plan that sets achievable goals
Planning meetings are important for you and your child as they will set the learning journey for future academic and social and emotional development. It is important to come to each meeting prepared. You need to think about your approach to the meeting; what do I need to discuss? You need to organise your documents so that information about your child can be shared and you need to do this in a way that communicates this to the school in order for them to support your child’s academic and social development.