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Advisory visiting teachers

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What are 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.

Advisory visiting teachers in state schools

The department provides AVTs in the following disability areas to ensure schools have access to specialist disability knowledge and students can access, participate and succeed at school:

  • hearing impairment (HI)
  • physical impairment (PI)
  • vision impairment (VI).

Regions may also provide access to advisory visiting teacher support in other disability areas.

Who is eligible for the service?

Advisory visiting teachers support the educational programs of students with disability whose specialist educational support needs have been verified (or are progressing through) the Education Adjustment Program (EAP) and are identified as requiring significant educational adjustments.

How is the service delivered?

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
  • provide advice about 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
  • support young children (birth to 41/2 years) with educational needs arising from disability through home-based programs, playgroups and childcare centres, and kindergartens. Note: AVT support for young children (birth to 41/2 years) is only for those who are identified with hearing impairment, physical impairment and vision impairment
  • support school aged students with disability in non-state schools. Note: AVT support in non-state schools is only for students verified with hearing impairment, physical impairment and vision impairment.

How to access this service

To access AVT services, please contact your regional office.

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Last updated 27 November 2018