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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.
Please note that in accordance with current health advice practices the Educational Studies (Learning Support) Program will be delivered as an online virtual conference in 2021. Zoom access details will be made available upon registration.

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.

During COVID-19 restrictions our commitment to teachers is to continue to provide quality professional learning opportunities. In order to maintain the safest environment in which to do this, our programs will be available for participation by Zoom only.

  • Monday 21 June 2021 | 9am–4pm (Successful Learning Conference) plus
  • Tuesday 22 June 2021 | 9am–3pm (SLC Masterclass) plus
  • Thursdays 22 July; 5 & 19 August; 2 & 16 September 2021 |
    4.30pm to 7.30pm
  • Cost: $1500 (includes conference + masterclass + five workshops)

Workshop outlines

Workshop 1 – 22 July
Introduction - Learning Support: the context, the student, and the ‘Alterables’.

Workshop 2 – 5 August
Literacy and Numeracy Support: Three Tier Model

Workshop 3 – 19 August 
Learning Support Across the Middle Years

Workshop 4 – 2 September
Learning Support Across the Middle Years: The Role of Collaborations

Workshop 5 – 16 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 2021, SLC Masterclass 2021 and five 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 additional fee $2125 to cover the costs involved. If interested, please discuss this option further with the academic coordinator.

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.