DIVERSE LEARNING

Our Lady of Fatima is well equipped to meet the diverse learning needs of all our students including High Ability/Gifted and Talented, Learning Support and Gifted-Learning Disabled.

Our Diverse Learning program is divided into two sections: Learning Support and the Newman Program (Gifted Education). The Learning Support Team assists classroom teachers in meeting the needs of all students and works with these students in and outside the classroom environment. Gifted and Talented learners are recognised as students who have distinct learning requirements and we endeavour to maximise learning opportunities so students are able to realise their potential.

IDENTIFICATION OF STUDENT NEEDS

The learning needs of students are determined by obtaining information from a variety of sources. Anecdotal evidence such as milestone achievement, formalised testing (perhaps by an educational psychologist), school based assessment, statewide testing (NAPLAN), screening tests, parent referral/nomination and interviews.

RESPONSE TO LEARNING NEEDS

The diversity of the student learning needs are met in many ways including intensive reading/maths groups, extension/co-curricula activities, a differentiated curriculum, in-class assistance, Disability Provisions for examinations, mentoring, counselling, emotional support, regular meetings with parents, appropriate class placement, ongoing professional development of staff and referrals and links to outside organisations for assistance and enrichment.

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Frances Agostinis,
30 Nov 2016, 19:40