At Caladenia Primary School we aim to be inclusive of the diverse range of student’s interests, ability and cultural background. To accommodate this range and support student’s individual needs we provide specialised programs for students at educational risk (SAER), gifted and talented (GAT) and those who come from a language background other than English (LBOTE) which is also referred to as English as a second language/dialect (ESL/ESD).
To ensure students reach their full potential we monitor and track student’s progress with a range of assessment tools. This enables us to identify areas of concern and develop appropriate intervention strategies. Early intervention is particularly important in the early grades as it is essential to access the curriculum in all learning areas. For instance, given that oral language is the precursor to all other language skills we regularly screen student’s speech to ensure it is age appropriate. If necessary, this may result in a referral to a government or private speech pathologist.
Communication to parents about students who access extra support is an essential component of our processes. For instance, in Term 1 each year, parents are informed if their child is deemed at educational risk. This is followed up by a meeting with the teacher to discuss the level of risk and possible intervention strategies. If further intervention is required, a case conference is arranged to discuss issues with parents before proceeding with more in-depth assessment and alternative intervention methods.
Students at mild educational risk (SAER) are typically catered for by the teacher with either an individual education plan (IEP), group education plan (GEP) or individual behaviour management (IBMP). If teachers need extra support to develop these programs, we have a SAER and Learning Support Co-ordinator based at the school. For those students who have more complex issues we have access to the Student Service Team. This includes psychologists, social workers, visiting teachers for the learning difficulties and the disabilities.
For those students who are gifted and talented (GAT), the district PEAC (Primary Extension and Challenge) centre offers three types of programs. A PEAC program for Year 5–7 students, JETS (Junior Extension for Talented Students) for Year 1-4 and an Arts and Drama program for Year 5-7. Typically, the students start with an introductory unit followed by a selection of courses to choose from over the year. Assessment and feedback is provided through the centre and forwarded to teachers and parents. Transport is a parental responsibility.
Students with a language background other that English may require a specialised program which accounts for typical stages of development as defined by the ESL/ESD Progress Maps. This program is delivered by the classroom teacher, ESL teacher and education assistants. Students who have limited English are withdrawn for intensive literacy support.
At Caladenia Primary School we have a large body of students from other cultures around the world. As a school we embrace cultural diversity and aim to provide an inclusive learning program that caters for individual needs.