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Educational Studies (Learning Support)

Promoting the integration of theory and practice
A program of workshops in how to implement strategies that help students in mainstream classrooms who are identified as experiencing difficulties in numeracy and literacy.

These workshops will examine in detail the theories, policies and practices that promote quality literacy and numeracy learning outcomes for students identified as experiencing difficulties learning in a mainstream classroom environment, across a range of Key Learning Areas. 

Specific focus will be placed on teachers working as part of teams to promote individualised programs and processes that assist students with additional learning needs to achieve collaboratively established learning outcomes. Workshop activities and individual learning tasks will promote the integration of theory and practice across a range of settings including early childhood, primary and secondary.

  • Monday, 24 June 2024 | 9am–4pm (Successful Learning Conference) plus
  • Tuesday, 25 June 2024 | 9am–3pm (SLC Masterclass) plus
  • 1 & 15 August; 5, 12 & 26 September 2024 |
  • Cost: $1500 (includes conference + masterclass + five workshops)

Workshop outlines

Workshop 1 – 1 August
Introduction - Learning Support: the context, the student, and the ‘Alterables’.

Workshop 2 – 15 August
Literacy and Numeracy Support: Three Tier Model

Workshop 3 – 5 September 
Learning Support Across the Middle Years

Workshop 4 – 12 September
Learning Support Across the Middle Years: The Role of Collaborations

Workshop 5 – 26 September 
Supporting Student Behaviour with Learning Support


Dr David Evans is Professor of Special Education in the Sydney School of Education and Social Work at the University of Sydney. He is the convenor of the special and inclusive education designation, which delivers courses to more than 600 preservice and postgraduate students each year. 

Dr Evans’s research interests include the design of curriculum to meet the needs of students with special education needs, and the use of evidence-based practices that promote quality education for all students across the primary and high school settings.

Assessment and accreditation

To successfully complete the Educational Studies (Learning Support) Program, teachers must attend and actively participate in all sessions, comprising the Successful Learning Conference 2024, SLC Masterclass 2024 and five evening workshops. Successful participants have the option of having this program accredited as one 6-credit-point unit of study towards the school's Master of Education (Special and Inclusive Education) program, or the shorter Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies (Special and Inclusive Education) or Graduate Diploma in Educational Studies (Special and Inclusive Education) programs. This involves submitting an assessment task and paying the additional fee of $2312.50, which is in line with the current unit of study cost ($3812.50). To discuss this option further, contact the academic coordinator, David Evans.

This program is not a higher-education award and not a qualification recognised under the Australian Qualifications Framework. Its purpose is to provide specialist training to accredited classroom teachers in NSW.


Professor David Evans

Academic coordinator/presenter

Rachel Payne

Project coordinator