Other considerations for attention


Homework may be challenging for some students. When setting homework, consider what types of activities they could complete within a set time or to a set standard. 

It may be helpful to teach students how to use a homework planner, and to give them prompts when they need to write things down. Some students may need to be shown how to break down projects and study into smaller tasks, and to plan their time. 

Teachers or SLSOs can check and sign planners. Work collaboratively with and support parents or carers to use a consistent homework routine at home. This may involve doing homework in a distraction-free area if possible, at a fixed time. Parents or carers may be able to check that tasks in the planner are finished and provide lots of encouragement.

Access our homework organisation support page.


A student who has challenges with attention may benefit from supports when moving across education settings. For example, it may be helpful to teach and practise organisation and homework skills, and time- and self-management skills. 

For more information about supporting students with disability when transitioning to a primary or high school setting access our transition page.

For students transitioning to primary school access our school story - a school day and for students transitioning to high school access our school story - how to be organised.

Other co-occuring conditions

Students with attention challenges may also be on the autism spectrum or experience attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), specific learning disability, intellectual disability, or anxiety. 

Refer to understanding disability page to help support the student.