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Educational Studies (Learning Support)

Promoting the integration of theory and practice
Please note: With effect from 16 March 2020, all events hosted by The University have been cancelled or deferred until dates that have yet to be determined. This suspension includes the Educational Studies (Learning Support) workshops.
  • Monday 29 & Tuesday 30 June 2020 | 9am-4.00pm (Successful Learning Conference) plus
  • Thursdays 23 July; 6 & 20 August; 3 & 17 September 2020 | 4.30pm to 7.30pm
  • Cost: $1500 (includes conference + five workshops)

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.

For teachers outside the wider Sydney metropolitan region, attendance at the workshops is available via the cloud-based videoconferencing platform Zoom.

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.

Workshop outlines

Workshop 1 – 23 July
Introduction - Learning Support: the context, the student, and the ‘Alterables’.

Workshop 2 – 6 August
Literacy and Numeracy Support: Three Tier Model

Workshop 3 – 20 August 
Learning Support Across the Middle Years

Workshop 4 – 3 September
Learning Support Across the Middle Years: The Role of Collaborations

Workshop 5 – 17 September 
Supporting Student Behaviour with Learning Support

Workshops are held in the Sydney School of Education and Social Work, the University of Sydney.

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 2020 and five workshops). Successful participants have the option of having this program accredited as one unit of study towards the school's Master of Education (MEd) program, or the shorter Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in Educational Studies levels. This involves submitting an assessment task and an additional fee applies. If interested, please discuss this option further with the academic coordinator. Optional assessment and postgraduate accreditation fee ($2000).

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Completing the Educational Studies (Learning Support) Program will contribute 26 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) registered PD from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

Sydney School of Education and Social Work


Professor David Evans

Academic coordinator/presenter

Rachel Payne

Project coordinator