Student services and support programs


​Learning support

Ipswich Central provides a network of programs and support to students identified with learning difficulties and learning disabilities. These programs are coordinated by our Head of Department - Inclusion and supported by year level support teachers, speech pathologist, guidance officer and teacher aides.

Our support teacher responsibilities include:

  • Assisting teachers with modifications to the curriculum.
  • Liaise with various parties involved to gather data.
  • Develops and implements and assists with monitoring the support plan in collaboration with the class teacher/s (goals, modifications to strategies, assessment techniques, resources, management).
  • Referring a student for review of the program type if required.
  • Referring students to other specialist teachers or outside agencies.
  • Attending case conferences with various parties involved.
  • Liaising with high schools for transition of students.
  • Write detailed reports for outside agencies.
  • Purchasing resources to meet children's needs and professional development of teachers.

Parents should discuss any concerns with the class teacher, administration or the support teacher if they feel their child is in need of specialist support.

Inclusive Education Program

Ipswich Central caters for students with a diagnosed disability that have undergone the Educational Adjustment Program (EAP) referral process to determine the level of support required for their child to access the curriculum. A range of programs and support is available. Some students may have an Individual Curriculum Plan (ICP) or Personal Learning Plan (PLP) with goals addressing their needs in their area of disability.

Contact the school office for more information about our Inclusive Education Program.

Guidance officer

Guidance officers focus on assisting students achieve to their potential in the most appropriate educational setting. They work closely with students and their families, teachers, non-teaching professionals and in some instances departmental agencies and authorities. They do this in order to provide a wide range of support to students and their families.

A guidance officer's responsibilities include:

  • Working directly with students and teachers, support personnel, family and other specialists/professionals.
  • Providing guidance and counselling services to students and their families.
  • Performing case management and referral services to optimise students' access and engagement in education.
  • Preparing and implementing professional and personal skill development programs for administrators, teachers and parents.
  • Working collaboratively with other school-based support personnel to assess and address the needs of students.
  • Planning or assisting in planning support programs that can help students achieve positive outcomes.
  • Identifying factors that can be barriers to the learning and development of students.
  • Supporting the personal and social development of students.

Pastoral care

Ipswich Central State School has a proud reputation of fostering a caring environment for its staff, students and families. Various programs, services, charity projects and fundraisers are well supported ensuring our Central community is well cared for and an attitude of caring for others is fostered.


Group of children smiling, pictured behind a stack of toastChaplaincy Services provide spiritual, ethical, and personal support to school communities. Scripture Union Qld chaplains provide positive adult role models for students to connect with at school and provide a listening ear and caring presence for students struggling with issues such as difficult relationships with other children or family members, poor self-esteem, family breakdown, and depression. Chaplains run positive, fun activities for students and assist in fostering supportive, caring school communities.

Our school chaplain is actively involved in school activities and is an integral part of our school community. Funded jointly by the National Schools Chaplaincy and Welfare Program (NSCWP) and the Parents and Citizens (P&C) Association, programs include a Breakfast Club, Fun Friends and Friends for Life social skills programs.

Consent is given by parents on enrolment for students to voluntarily access the chaplaincy service when completing the chaplaincy consent form.

View the Department’s policy on Chaplaincy Services in Queensland State Schools for more information. 

Last reviewed 12 March 2022
Last updated 12 March 2022