A student centred approach to support all student learning is taken at Blackwood High School. Personalised Learning support is designed through consultation with individual students and parents/caregivers, so that students have the opportunity to participate in their education program ‘on the same basis as their peers’. Through this consultation a Personalised Learning Education Plan is developed.
Personalised Learner Profile
This plan documents a student’s learner profile and how subjects and instruction techniques will be adjusted/modified to ensure access and participation. The Personalised Learning Profile is distributed to all relevant staff working with an individual student and is a way of sharing high quality teaching practices and strategies that work for that student.
A range of strategies and support structures are used to provide Personalised Learning support for students at Blackwood High School. These are accessed through negotiation and are targeted at specific year levels, with the aim being to progressively provide students with the opportunity to develop a more independent approach to accessing learning support over the course of their schooling.
For students with disabilities, the school can access the Department for Education’s Inclusive Education Support Program to access additional staffing support for the student.
In Class SSO Support
Student Support Officers (SSOs) are allocated to classes as appropriate, to support identified students with engagement in learning and to provide one on one, or small group, assistance to students identified with a learning disability.
Teaching and Learning Centre
All students, across every year level, can receive support with specific learning tasks through the Teaching and Learning Centre. Students may be referred by their subject teacher to attend for a lesson or part of a lesson. Students can also negotiate with their teacher to attend for specific support with a task.
Flexible Learning Options (FLO)
For students facing significant barriers to attending mainstream schooling, a range of options can be explored through a Flexible Learning Options enrolment. Students work 1:1 with a case manager to develop a learning pathway that they are comfortable with.
High Band Learners
High band learners are identified and monitored in all subjects. Extension is provided in all classes as required and acceleration is considered in consultation with the student’s family, the Curriculum Leader and the Executive Leadership Team.
To discuss your child’s learner profile and how we can work together to support your child’s learning, please contact the Personalised Learning Leader.