Additional Needs

John 10:10

“I have come that they may have life and have it to the full”.

 St Agnes’ Primary has an inclusive approach to all aspects of education. We strongly believe that all children  are created in the image of God, unique and individual. We adopt an individualised approach to learning, that includes families, school staff, the Catholic Schools Office, as well as local professionals, with the goal of achieving the highest individual potential of every student.

St Agnes’ pride ourselves on our collaborative approach to learning. Beginning with the enrolment process, we work in close conjunction with local pre-schools and high schools, to support your family through the important transition phase of beginning or continuing their school journey.

We have an Additional Needs Teacher to support staff and families through the collaborative personalised planning process, to set and monitor goals. We provide a range of adjustments to enable all students to access the curriculum, within our mainstream setting. St Agnes’ employs a Speech Pathologist, School Counsellor and School Chaplain, to enable us to best meet the needs of the children in our care. We take a whole school approach to supporting our students.


At St Agnes’ we understand that all children learn in different ways. In order to provide high quality education for all,  St Agnes’ provides a Response to Intervention model in the classroom.  The Response to Intervention (RtI) model is designed to meet individual needs and begins with high quality inclusive teaching for all.

Tier One focuses on high quality, inclusive teaching using proven instructional methods.
Tier Two provides small group, targeted, evidence based instruction with increased intensity to support mastery of a concept.
Tier Three includes one to one, high intensity and frequency support to achieve a pre-determined goal.

St Agnes’ Primary School provides a range of Interventions, including STAR Reading, Extending Mathematical Understanding (EMU), Levelled Literacy Intervention (LLI), MiniLit, MultiLit, Support a Talker and Quicksmart to meet the learning needs of the students in our care. We currently have a Specialist Reading and Mathematics Intervention teacher.


If you have any questions regarding your child’s learning, your best starting point is your classroom teacher. As the person who works with your child every day, they are best placed to answer any questions. Your class teacher will then work in conjunction with our Additional Needs Teacher, to liaise with the Catholic Schools Office Inclusion Team, to implement support strategies, that will enable your child to reach their full potential.

CSO Lismore- Students with Additional Needs. Includes FAQ for families
Parent Education:

Learning Difficulties from a Child’s Point of View

Kids Matter
Is your child ready to start school? -Kidspot
Worry Woos AU
PBS Parents- Inclusive Education
Understanding Learning Difficulties- A guide for parents
Does my child need OT- check list