School-based consultancy support and professional learning

As defined in the Disability Standards for Education 2005, the Collaborative Planning Process is the fundamental practice underlying the procedure for supporting students whom require adjustments to access and participate on the same basis as other students.

Support for students with disability involves a combination of strategies to provide support that is responsive to the school’s context whilst focusing on the development of sustainable practices. This may include:

School-based Support

The AISNSW Student Services division advocates for a whole school approach to support the diverse needs of all students within the classroom and across the whole school context.  All students are entitled to rigorous, engaging and relevant learning opportunities and meeting the needs of individual students is achieved through a cohesive and collaborative approach to ensure ALL students are socially and academically successful.

Proactive Planning is considered a cumulative approach that is promoted through the building of teacher/school capacity and efficacy with an emphasis on planning for individual students in addition to whole class/school focus areas. An inclusive and collaborative approach across the whole school context promotes a shared responsibility for student achievement across the entire community.

Consultants from the AISNSW Student Services division work collaboratively with internal expertise and key staff within the school context through the provision of specialised consultancy support and professional learning. Through a joint collaborative approach the emphasis is on quality teaching, continuums of supports, implementation of adjustments, collaborative planning, monitoring student learning and behaviour and proactive involvement of key staff across the school setting.

Proactive planning, advice and support with the collaborative planning process includes, but is not limited to individual planning associated with areas of the curriculum, behaviour, key transition points, health care needs, risk assessments.

Whole School Frameworks

Using a range of guiding principles and specific whole school frameworks, consultants within the Student Services division lead and guide schools to advance teacher effectiveness, scale-up expertise, develop enhanced understanding and implementation of evidence-based instructional strategies and frameworks and build knowledge and capacity of all staff to support the needs of diverse learners.

To systematically support students with diverse learning needs Student Services offers consultancy and professional learning in the following areas: effective teaching and learning, curriculum and assessment guidance, instructional strategies, positive strategies and approaches to support behaviour and interventions to support students with mental health challenges in the school setting.


Multi Tiered Systems of Supports (MTSS): is an umbrella term that encompasses Response to Intervention and Positive Behavioural Interventions and Supports.

Response to Intervention (RTI): is a multi-tiered approach to the early identification and support of students with learning and behaviour needs. The RTI process begins with high-quality instruction and universal screening of all children in the regular education classroom.

Positive Behavioural Interventions and Supports (PBIS): is a proactive approach to establishing the behavioural supports and social culture and needed for all students in a school to achieve social, emotional and academic success.

Universal Design for Learning (UDL): is a framework that guides the design of accessible environments, lessons, and supports that help teachers examine their instruction and implementation. It is a proactive approach that aims to ensure lessons are accessible, inclusive and meet the variable needs of all learners.

Management of Actual or Potential Aggression (MAPA):  is a program that delivers comprehensive training that teaches management and intervention techniques to cope with escalating behaviour in a professional and safe manner to reduce the risk of physical injury and accidents. AISNSW consultants are certified to deliver the training at your school.

Responding to Individual Student Crisis

AISNSW Student Services consultants support member schools in undertaking the appropriate planning in response to critical incidents and/or emerging complex situations. Planning, advice and support are related to more complex matters associated with behaviour, health care, risk assessment, attendance, mental health care and death by suicide.