Students at Educational Risk
At Burrendah Primary School, we aim to support student’s individual needs by providing specialised programs for students at educational risk (SAER), gifted and talented (GAT) students and those who come from a language background other than English (EAL/D). Our aim is to provide an inclusive learning program that caters for individual needs in order to ensure that all our students are encouraged to achieve their full potential in a safe and supportive learning environment.
To ensure students reach their full potential, we monitor and track student’s progress which enables us to identify areas of concern and develop appropriate intervention strategies. Early intervention is particularly important in order for students to successfully access the curriculum in all learning areas.
We believe that communication with parents about students who access extra support is essential. Meetings with the teacher to discuss the level of risk and possible intervention strategies are carried out with our School Psychologist and Learning Support Coordinator if further intervention is required.
Students at mild educational risk are typically catered for by the teacher with either an individual education plan (IEP), group education plan (GEP) or individual behaviour management plan (IBMP). To provide teachers with additional support in developing these documents, we have a learning support coordinator on site. For those students who have more complex issues, we have access to the Student Service Team. This includes psychologists, social workers and visiting teachers for learning difficulties and disabilities.
Students who are identified as gifted and talented have access to the district PEAC (Primary Extension and Challenge) centre which offers programs specifically designed for their learning needs. Assessment and feedback is provided through the centre and forwarded to teachers and parents.
Students with a language background other than English may require a specialised program which accounts for typical stages of development as defined by the EAL/D Progress Maps. This program is delivered by the classroom teacher, EAL/D teacher and education assistants. Students who have limited English are withdrawn for intensive literacy support or may be referred to the Intensive English Centre for short term placement.
We also offer a number of different literacy programs such as Alpha to Omega and Multilit programs to support children who are having literacy problems.