It has been wonderful to have the opportunity to begin meeting many families, students and teachers at Concordia College since I started as the Inclusive Learning Coordinator in Week 4 of Term 3.
The focus of my role, in conjunction with the Inclusive Learning Team, is to continue working to further develop and improve our inclusive practice to support the varied needs of all students. As we know, students experience inclusive education when they can access and fully participate in learning, alongside their similar-aged peers, supported by reasonable adjustments and teaching strategies tailored to meet their individual needs.
The Inclusive Learning teacher's key role is to support the classroom teacher in enabling students with disability to access and participate in the curriculum on the same basis as their similar-aged peers. We liaise with parents, classroom teachers and therapists to ensure the educational priorities for students with disability are met. We assist teachers in the provision of resources, create differentiated curriculum plans, and share strategies to enable teachers to work effectively with students with identified needs. We also engage with students to ensure their learning needs are met, to create Student Support Plans and provide additional intervention in collaboration with their class teacher.
Throughout Term 1, Inclusive Learning teachers facilitated SSP meetings. Students who have an identified learning difficulty/disability, and their parent/carers, were invited to attend to establish key learning goals and discuss any specific support needs. During this time, SSP documents were updated and shared with the students' teachers on SEQTA, to enable them to make reasonable adjustments and support students to achieve their specific learning goals. An important part of this process is to review these SSPs to monitor their progress and update their learning goals in preparation for the transition to next year.
Early next term, an email will be sent out for students with an SSP from Years 7 to 11 to meet with the following Inclusive Learning teachers:
- Alva Barton – Years 7 and 8
- Lauren Bone – Years 9 and 10
- Danielle Nak – Years 11 and 12
If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s learning needs, please contact the Inclusive Learning teacher for your year level.
We look forward to working in partnership with you and your child to ensure successful learning outcomes.
Inclusive Learning Coordinator