Our Learning Enhancement Team (LET) meets weekly to discuss the individual needs of students referred. The members of the team are:
- 3 Deputy Principals
- Guidance Officer
- Inclusion Teachers:
- Literacy and Numeracy (STLaN)
- English as an Additional Language/Dialect Teacher (EAL/D)
- Students with Disability (SWD)
- Gifted Education Mentor (GEM)
- Student Support Worker (SSW)
- Behaviour Support Team Member
NB. Meetings may also be attended by Advisory Visiting Teachers (AVT) – Hearing Impaired, Physical Impairment, Speech and Language, Vision Impairment
Students may be referred for any of the following reasons:
- Social and/or emotional difficulties
- Speech and language difficulties
- English as an additional language and dialect
The team makes recommendations based on the information and data presented by the referring staff member. A letter outlining the recommendations by the committee is sent to the parent/carer by the Chairperson, as soon as possible after the referral has been processed.
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Classroom teachers generally refer students to the team; however, it is possible for parents/carers to bring their concerns to the team via the classroom teacher. At times, a referral may be requested by the School Leadership Team. In addition to classroom differentiation which is used by teachers to cater for individual needs, a number of support programs can be accessed to address individual student's needs. These are listed as follows:
Whole School Curriculum Differentiation
Guided Reading is a minimum two hour a week differentiated approach to teaching reading comprehension from Prep to Year 6.
Inclusion Teachers: Literacy and Numeracy
STLaNs work with classroom teachers and other members of the school and local community to improve student outcomes with a focus on literacy and numeracy. A team approach ensures that all students have access to the curriculum regardless of their differences. STLaNs, in consultation with classroom teachers and the Leadership Team, plan and manage year level and classroom intervention, based on current data.
In addition, the STLaNs assist classroom teachers to identify, plan learning programs for identified students and support learning in the classroom. This may include:
- working in the classroom
- teaching individual and small/large groups of students
- withdrawing individual students for focused instruction
Inclusion Teacher: Students With Disability
The Special Education Teacher supports students with disability to access classrooms and programs, providing differentiated plans and processes. They support the inclusion of students within the school community and assist parents and staff to meet these students' needs.
Inclusion Teacher: English as an Additional Language/ Dialect
West End State School offers English support to students who speak another language, who may be newly arrived in Australia or born in Australia and have English language needs. EAL/D teachers work within school teams to support EAL/D learners to develop the English language required to access and achieve across the school curriculum. EAL/D teachers help classroom teachers to work with EAL/D learners in whole class contexts as well as providing intensive teaching to small groups or individual EAL/D students if required.
Our EAL/D (English as an Additional Language/Dialect) teacher and teacher-aides offer this support to students across all year levels.
Inclusion Teacher: Gifted Education Mentor
The GEM collaborate with teachers to provide rigorous, relevant and engaging learning opportunities for gifted and talented students that align with their individual needs, strengths, interests and goals.
West End State School has developed a program for highly capable and/or Gifted and Talented students. The projects in the program are designed to extend student knowledge and skills across a range of areas including STEAM, aligning with our School Strategic Plan.
These projects are relatively short courses based around a single topic and can be either on or off the school campus. Each project usually lasts no more than a term, however there are some longer term projects in various Learning Areas. ELEV8 is for students who need the challenge of a curriculum with greater rigor and expectations. The curriculum is enriched and accelerated to meet the students' learning needs beyond that of the regular education curriculum through the use of problem-based learning in a small group, hands-on lessons, and analytical thinking skill units. Students are extended, allowing them to take risks and discover new and challenging ideas.
Students are identified and invited based on
- School/teacher recommendation / evaluation / standardised assessment / data
- class performance (most recent grades)
Each project is staffed according to the specific intent that is being undertaken.
Guidance Officer (Visiting)
The Guidance Officer collaboratively negotiates, develops and implements programs for students that have a focus on preventative and early intervention strategies that are responsive to identified personal, social, emotional and educational needs. In addition, the Guidance Officer provides counselling, psycho-educational assessment and/or individual student support, recommendations and advice to students, teachers and parents/carers concerning educational, behavioural, mental health and family issues.
Student Support Worker (Part-time)
The Student Support Worker is employed part time, by an outside not-for-profit organisation and is based at West End State School to offer extra support to students and their families. The SSW's objective is to use play, activities, games, stories, books and worksheets to enhance students' social-emotional skills and development and monitor their own behaviour.
Speech and Language Pathologist (Visiting)
Speech–language therapy services can support individuals with difficulties in the areas of language, speech, voice, fluency, oro-motor functioning, or complex communication needs.
Advisory Visiting Teachers (Visiting)
Advisory visiting teachers (AVTs) support students across a number of schools. AVTs mainly specialise in one or more of the six Education Adjustment Program (EAP) disability categories:
- autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
- hearing impairment (HI)
- intellectual disability (ID)
- physical impairment (PI)
- speech-language impairment (SLI)
- vision impairment (VI)