Effective Partnerships with School Learning Support Officers (SLSOs)

A strong and effective partnership between teachers and SLSOs benefits everyone in the classroom environment – students with and without disability, teachers, and SLSOs. In this video, teachers and SLSOs from Tumbulgum Public School and Fernhill School describe some of the tangible ways in which they work together to create an inclusive environment in which all students are able to fully participate.

Teachers and SLSOs describe their roles in the partnership, and highlight specific ways in which communication, feedback, reflection, and connecting with other staff help them work together to promote student agency and independence within an inclusive classroom environment. 


Reflection questions:

1.     In this video, Kerryn talked about the importance of stepping back and providing guidance that facilitates students completing tasks for themselves. Thinking about some of the students you work with, how can teachers and SLSOs work together to support student independence? 

2. Some of the strategies teachers and SLSOs identified as helping build effective partnerships included: 

  • Deliberate planning for teachers and SLSOs to connect. 

  • Openness to feedback and reflection.

  • Building communication into their approach (for example, displaying learning intentions and success criteria). 

Thinking about your school, what strategies could be built into processes and practices to facilitate opportunities to connect, reflect and communicate? 

School Excellence Framework alignment

Effecctive classroom practice

Australian Professional Standards for Teachers alignment

Standard 7: Engage professionally with colleagues, parents/carers and the community


Secondary teachers, SLSOs


School staff can use this resource to develop collaborative practices.

Timeframes and when to use

This resource can be used at any time to provide further information and practice guidance

Evidence base

This resource was developed with the AllPlay Learn team who conducted a series of systematic reviews of the empirical literature, with over 177,000 articles screened. The resources remain up-to-date, with content reflecting best practice reviewed by a world-class multidisciplinary research team, led by Monash University.


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