Advisory Visiting Teachers
Advisory Visiting Teachers (AVTs) are teachers with specialist knowledge and skills, who support the access, participation and achievement of students with disability.
The department provides AVTs in the following disability areas to ensure schools have access to specialist disability knowledge to ensure students can access, participate and succeed at school:
- hearing impairment
- physical impairment
- vision impairment
Regions may also provide access to advisory visiting teacher support in other disability areas.
The main role of the AVT is to support school staff in enabling students with disability to access and participate in the curriculum. The way this is achieved may vary from region to region and from school to school.
AVTs provide a range of services. For example they may:
- work as a member of the educational team within an inclusive environment
- provide professional development activities to members of school communities
- assist with the implementation of departmental policies and initiatives
- participate in educational planning, e.g. assist with making educational adjustments to support the student's educational outcomes
- provide program advice
- assist in the implementation of teaching and learning programs and review of educational goals
- provide information on and model strategies for teaching and learning for students with disability, e.g. team teaching with class teacher
- provide specific information on the student's disability
- assist the team in understanding the educational implications of the disability
- advocate for the supply of and training in the use of specialised equipment
- monitor the use of recommended equipment including technology resources
- assist education staff and families to access support networks.
Accessing AVT Services
To access AVT services, please contact your regional office.
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This page was last reviewed on 21 Jul 2016