Tutor Program

At the beginning of each school year students from grades 1-6 are referred by class teachers for testing by the Support Teacher. Students in Kindergarten are not tested unless there are exceptional circumstances.

After referral parent permission is sought prior to testing commencing. Students are not tested unless there is Parent permission has been given.

After testing results are entered into the CEO database and results can be discussed with parents if they request an interview.

  • Recommendations are made. These recommendations can take one or more of the following:
  • A tutor program suitable for the student is prepared and ready to begin in terms   two and three.
  • Some suitable class intervention may be suggested.
  • Referral for testing for the Take Home Reader Program (Primary)
  • Further testing may be necessary i.e. Psychological Assessment by a Psychologist from either the CEO or an outside agency.
  • Referral to either a Speech Pathologist and or Occupational Therapist
  • Referral to the SEASONS program
  • Referral to Centrecare/School Counsellor
  • Referral to a Hearing Centre

Tutor Program

  • Parent volunteers are trained to act as Tutors for students in Years 1 -2
  • Teacher?s assistants are trained in this area and assist with individual students as per their need. Both of these groups act under the guidance and direction of the Support Teacher.
Peer tutor program runs with students form Year 6 trained to act as tutors for students in Years 1- 5 . These students are volunteers. This program is facilitated by the Support teacher and takes place Monday ? Thursday mornings from 9-9:20 am
Students are post tested by the Support Teacher and the results posted on the CEO database. The results are shared with the class teacher and parents. Recommendation may be made for the student continues with Tutor the following year.

During the year from time to time the new students or newly identified students are tested and every effort is taken to ensure that these students are given the opportunity to be catered for on a Tutor program.

Students who have been assessed by a Psychologist if necessary and given suggested programs to help them access the curriculum.


  • The test used in the testing process for Primary Students are;
    The Woodcock Reading Mastery Test ? (Word identification, passage 
  •  Comprehension, word attack)
  •  Neale Analysis (Accuracy and Oral Comprehension)
  • The Rosner Phonemic Awareness Test and Visual Perception Test
  • The South Australian Spelling Test

The test used for Infants students is:

  • Macquarie University Word Attack Screening Test.
  • Individual Education Programs

IEP?s are modified teaching programs suitable to the needs of an individual student.
These programs are prepared for students who are on Integration Funding from the government.

There is a support team formed consisting of the class teacher, support teacher, integration assistants , parents , CEO consultant and any other outside agencies that are relevant to the case. IEP meetings are held twice a year.

The IEPs are based on the model: Profiling and Adjustment instrument; which outlines the needs of the student and what adjustments need to be made for the student to successfully access the curriculum.

When the IEP is completed a copy is sent to the CEO and to all involved in the meetings.  A copy is kept on file for the school legal records.

IEP meetings are held in Term one and Term four. There are often many informal meetings held with parents to discuss any relevant concerns.

Transition to the subsequent class is often necessary for students who have high needs. This takes place in Term four. Parents will also be given the opportunity to talk with the subsequent year?s teacher in Term 4.

Integration Assistance

The Support teacher along with the class teacher and integration assistants have many informal and formal meetings to ensure that the IEP is being followed and that the student is making appropriate progress.  Communication is necessary to pre-empt any needs on special days and events during the year.

Take Home Reading Literacy Support. (Primary)

At the beginning of each year following teacher recommendation, students in Years 3-6 who are reading below grade level are tested and levelled on the PM Benchmark Kit. The parents of the students are notified and they are enlisted to assist their children at home to improve the students reading levels.

The Literacy and Numeracy Assistant oversees the changing of books each week (Two books from their level with parent signature) and also the testing for re levelling twice per term with support from the Support Teacher.

The books for the program are commercially levelled and the students are matched to their appropriate reading ability.

Class teachers are also encouraged to use the multiple copies of the books to engage in guided reading in the classroom with these students.

Government Benchmark Testing
The Support Teacher and Numeracy and Literacy aide assist with the execution of the tests. The additional assistance of the Integration aide may also be used.

When the results return the Support Teacher and Curriculum Co-ordinator check that the students who have scored unexpectedly are targeted for follow up both with class teachers and parents.

Transition to High School:
Most years there are Integration Students in Year 6. These students follow a transition program in Term 4 so that they are familiar with the environment and what to expect at St John?s College in Year 7. The Support teacher contacts the parents who are also invited to speak with the Support Teacher at St John?s.

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St Mary's Primary School

Wheelers Lane PO Box 4141 Dubbo NSW 2830
Tel: 02 6882 4790
Fax: 68844525