Learning difficulties

Students with learning difficulties may have problems with reading, writing, maths or paying attention in class. They may also be disengaged or showing signs of poor social emotional health.

A learning difficulty can be caused by a neurodevelopmental condition which affects the way a student behaves and/or processes information.

It can also be caused by environmental or physical factors that affect their ability to learn. This may include:

  • long absences from school
  • financial disadvantage
  • undiagnosed visual or hearing impairments
  • socio-economic factors.

To be inclusive of all children and young people with learning difficulties, educators need to understand the policies and practices around inclusive education.

They also need to understand the strengths and needs of each student and adopt strategies to supports students that are part of a whole-school approach to teaching, learning and support.

Learning Difficulties Information Guides

The Learning Difficulties Information Guides are a foundation for understanding learning difficulties in numeracy and literacy. These guides can assist school leaders and teachers to understand more about the needs of students with learning difficulties.