Students at Educational Risk
At Burrendah Primary School individual needs are met by providing specialised programs for students at educational risk (SAER), gifted and talented (GAT) or have a language background other than English (EAL/D). The aim is to ensure that all students achieve their full potential in a safe and supportive learning environment. Early intervention is crucial for students to successfully access the curriculum in all learning areas.
An experienced SAER Team provides support to class teachers for students who require adjustments to their learning programs with either an individual education plan (IEP), group education plan (GEP) or individual behaviour management plan (IBMP). Ongoing communication with parents is essential to discuss programs, strategies and progress.
Students with more complex needs, specialised support is sought through outside Student Service Teams. These include psychologists, social workers and/or visiting teachers for learning difficulties and disabilities.
Students who have been identified as gifted and talented have access to district PEAC (Primary Extension and Challenge) Programs where students participate in specifically designed courses for challenge and extension. Assessment and feedback is provided by PEAC teachers and forwarded to the school and parents.
Students with a language background other than English may require a specialised program. EAL/D Progress Maps are used to inform individual student progress to indicate acquisition of Standard Australian English. Programs are 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 Students who have limited English are withdrawn for intensive literacy support or may be referred to the Intensive English Centre for short term placement.
Specific Literacy Programs are offered to students who require support as an individual or within small group settings. Students may participate in Alpha to Omega and/or Letters and Sounds, which are small group programs, that engage students in an explicit phonetic approach for the teaching of reading and spelling. Whereas MULTILIT is an individual program used in Years 1 – 5 to assist individual students with reading acquisition which targets phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension.
Additional Literacy groups for Years 1-3, Fun Language and Years 4-5, Literacy Adventure are provided twice a week which offer additional support to build literacy independence.