Clifton Springs PS team win award for supporting students
THE Clifton Springs Primary School Inclusion Support Team has been recognised for their amazing work in supporting students.
The team have won the 2019 Outstanding Education Support Team award in the recent Victorian Excellence Awards.
The Clifton Springs team were also recognised for three programs they have developed to support student inclusion and wellbeing.
The Just Right Zone program focuses on emotional regulation in the classroom.
Just Right Zone posters in the classroom ask students to check if they feel “Too Fast” or “Too Slow” and suggest activities they can do to feel “Just Right.”
This is often done as a class, however as students get into senior years, they have shown a greater capacity to self-regulate.
The Life Skills program helps students learn skills for life beyond school such as communication, transport and social skills.
The Sensory Motor Program is a set of sensory activities for students to complete outside of the classroom. This helps them meet their sensory needs and focus in class.
The Inclusion Support team have purchased some amazing resources to support sensory needs of students.
Inclusion support leader Tammy Corless said the programs had been extremely positive.
“We’ve seen improvements in students’ attitudes towards school and their social outcomes”, she said.
Principal Meg Parker was also thrilled to see the team recognised with the award.
“We certainly have some of the best Education Support Staff around working on inclusion and it’s great for them to receive that recognition.”
“As a school we are very thankful for the funding for resources provided through the DET Inclusion Boost Grants and certainly make the most of them through these programs.”
The Inclusion Support Team said this award would inspire them to be even more innovative and continue to grow the programs at the school.
The team also received $25,000 to put towards further professional development.
The award follows last year’s Victorian Student Representative Council (SRC) of the year award.