Individual Learning Needs

Learning Enhancement

An inclusive education can be described as one which values diversity and celebrates difference. Inclusive education seeks to engage every learner to ensure ‘the successful participation and maximised achievement of every student’ (Elkins 2004, p. 13) regardless of academic, cultural, physical, social/emotional or behavioural differences.

The College recognises the entitlement of each student to gain the knowledge, understanding and skills that will provide a foundation for successful and lifelong learning and participation in the community.  The curriculum is inclusive of all students, recognises the different rates at which students learn, individual learning styles and diversity of social, language and cultural backgrounds. 

Staff continually ponder these questions when planning for the diversity within the classroom:

  • Who are the learners I teach?
  • What is their level of learning in relation to the expected educational outcomes?
  • How can I include them in learning more effectively?
  • Can I learn from my colleagues who have expert knowledge and practice?
  • Are there opportunities to apply my learning to improve the outcomes for learners with diverse abilities?
  • What is ‘personalising the learning’ – what does it really mean?
  • What does it mean in terms of teaching a mixed ability class?
  • How would I adapt or modify my teaching to ensure this learner achieved the same learning outcomes as the other students in the group?

Student Learning Support

Teachers with assistance from learning support officers personalise the learning for students to ensure learning progress and development of confidence of every learner by actively engaging and stretching them in their learning. The adjustments made include a range of whole class, group and individual teaching, targeted teaching and ICT strategies to accommodate different paces of learning. Personalised learning caters to the needs of students with learning difficulties or disabilities, chronic health issues and students for whom English is an Additional Language (EAL).

Gifted and Talented Program

The Gifted and Talented Program intends to support students to develop their gifts and talents through a range of co-curricular programs and adjustments designed to challenge the students to extend their learning. Students are able to accelerate in their learning to complete Units 1 and 2 VCE subjects in Year 10, Unit 3 & 4 subjects in Year 11 and VCAL program in Year 10 upon meeting application criteria. 

To complement the adjustments designed to challenge and extend students within the classroom, various competitions and extracurricular and co-curricular programs, activities and events are offered to students.  

Please click here to see more about the Gifted and Talented Program

Reference

Elkins, J 2004, The Ministerial Taskforce on Inclusive Education (Students with Disabilities), Final Report, accessed 30 August 2011, http://education.qld.gov.au/students/disabilities/adjustment/development/docs/disable-report.pdf.