Holy Family Catholic Primary School recognises that all students are unique and present themselves to the school with many varied learning needs. The school is a mainstream school with limited resources and available funding in the area of special education.
We recognise that usually, three tiers of learning support exist at the school. They include:
Tier 1: All students have access to quality teaching and learning programs
Tier 2: Students identified for additional or differentiation
Tier 3: Intensive Learning Support is tailored to these students and delivered by the Learning Support Team.
To promote, provide and support the education and requirements of children with additional needs and their families through integration and least restrictive practice in our school community.
To provide a caring, supportive community, honouring our Catholic faith, where all children, families, and staff are respected as equals and individuals, they are encouraged to be the best they can be.
Parents should disclose and list any particular health, learning or educational difficulties which they are aware of for their child when applying for an enrolment placement at the school.
All enrolment applications are considered individually at the school. Prospective students with additional needs may have their enrolment application processed in conjunction with the Catholic Education Diocese of Bathurst (CEDB) procedures.
The school strives to supplement this overall procedure by sometimes including the following:
The school values the enrolment of every child at the school. However, every possible support structure must be put in place to cater to the child’s needs successfully.
Support structures to assist the integration include, but are not limited to:
Other in-school ways of assisting the child's integration into the school might include, but are not limited to:
ROLE OF SUPPORT TEACHER – HOLY FAMILY CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL
At Holy Family Catholic Primary School, the support teacher:
ROLE OF INTEGRATION ASSISTANT – HOLY FAMILY CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL
At Holy Family Catholic Primary School, the Integration Assistant:
The Support Teacher and Integration Assistant will work in or out of the classroom as needed. In particular, in situations where intensive literacy or numeracy programs are required, they will work in the Infant/Primary Learning Hub or the Learning Support Tutorial Room.
The focus is that students, whenever possible, work in their classroom alongside peers.
The Catholic Education Diocese of Bathurst has compiled a 'School Support Charter' to outline the support system in place at Diocesan Schools. This Charter reviewed as required by CEDB.
Holy Family Catholic Primary School accepts this Charter as a guide to understanding the provision of services to students.
The Support Teacher has the role of completing documentation for NCCD (Nationally Consistent Collection of Data). Under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and the Disability Standards for Education 2005, Australian students with a disability must be able to access and participate in education on the same basis as their peers. This will require ‘adjustments’ to access education based on the professional judgement of teachers in consultation with parents, support teacher and school staff. The Support Teacher has the role of coordinating and completion of required NCCD documentation.
Students with Additional Learning Needs
Each class at the school will have some students with additional learning needs, especially in literacy and numeracy. Classes may also include students that find overall learning difficult in these and other KLA's.
Structures at the school which intend to assist these students could include:
Students working within the Learning Support Program will have an Individual Plan in place. This IP is a collaboration between the Support Teacher, Class Teacher and the student's parents. A meeting scheduled to develop, amend, review and evaluate each IP At the end of the school year.
Students working within the general learning support program at the school are involved in ongoing progress monitoring and an end of year evaluation. Subsequent recommendations from the class teacher and the learning support team made to inform the next grade's teacher.
The support of Students with Additional Needs at the school requires many varied teaching strategies and ideas. The following list is a sample only of the possibilities.
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Holy Family Catholic Primary School is committed to providing appropriate learning support to students within the given budget and resources available.
The school operates to provide quality Catholic education for the students, and our learning support program is an important aspect of our wider educational program.