Supporting diverse learning needs

WTo ensure all students can access the curriculum on the same basis, our specialist support teachers:

  • case manage students with a verified disability
  • provide support to students with learning difficulties
  • support classroom teachers with curriculum differentiation
  • liaise with stakeholders such as staff, parents, administration and other professionals.

We offer intervention for students experiencing short-term problems with literacy, numeracy or learning. We also offer long-term support and program options for students with identified learning difficulties and/or disabilities.

At the Junior Campus

Individual and small group support is provided by the specialist support team. From Prep to Year 2, this support focuses on building students’ oral language and the skills required for reading and writing. Specific intervention is offered as needed.

In Years 3 to 6, learning enrichment programs are provided through small group and individual support. Support is also provided to develop classroom learning tasks for students with specific needs.

Those who require extra challenges beyond those already provided for in the classroom are given specific learning engagement tasks in class and opportunities to take part in workshops and activities focused on their interests, skills and needs.

At the Senior Campus

We aim to include students with learning challenges in general education classrooms as much as possible to ensure they receive learning opportunities to match those of their peers. Programs are designed around the needs of each student involved, and balance time in small-group work with assistance in class and the support required for students to reach their potential.

Support provided by the specialist support team is tailored to individual needs and includes small group and individual support, assignment support and homework or test preparation.  This may also include partnering with:

  • the College’s Vocational Education and Training (VET) department to assist with career planning
  • post-school service providers to explore and identify opportunities for work related skills and employment options
  • allied professionals (such as psychologists and speech pathologists) to ensure an holistic approach to catering for the student’s needs.

Early intervention

Early intervention is a primary goal of the College. Speech, language, fine and gross motor and visual perception screening occurs amongst Prep students during Term 1. Screenings are undertaken by the College’s on-site speech pathologist and occupational therapist, allowing us to better identify and cater for our students’ educational needs.

Support services, including speech pathology, occupational therapy and psychology, are provided on-site or at providers’ practices on a fee-for-service basis.

Australian Council for Educational Research ability tests are administered to all students in Year 3. Other standardised and diagnostic tools are administered as required to aid appropriate intervention and referrals.