Primarily the Diverse Learning Department works with those students at the extremities of the learning spectrum; those requiring additional support and those needing extensions. At Temple Christian College we acknowledge that students do not all have the same needs when it comes to learning. In any class, the abilities of students as learners will vary and it is our passion to work with students, teachers & parents to promote the inclusion of all students in school activities, both in and out the classroom.
The Diverse Learning Department consists of teachers and educational support officers, and works closely with school leadership to support students’ academic and social endeavours.
Educational Support Officers
Wherever possible our aim is to support student learning in the classroom. Educational Support Officers (ESOs) have a weekly schedule to provide in-class support under the direction of the classroom teacher. On occasions this might be individual support and at other times, it will be in small groups. Although the ESOs are allocated to classes according to particular student needs in a class, they will also share their time with others in the class.
In addition to providing in class support, we also support teachers to differentiate set tasks to meet the needs of the students in their class – this may involve modifications and/or adjustments to ensure the curriculum and tasks can be accessed by all students.
In Year 8 & 9 selected students are enrolled in a study skills class taught by one of the members of the Diverse Learning team to help equip them with the skills needed to be successful learners throughout their high school years and beyond.
In Year Levels 8, 9 &10 English, Mathematics and Science classes are streamed to assist teachers to deliver a more targeted curriculum to best meet the learning needs of students. Advanced classes allow students to be extended and in some cases there are smaller classes to allow extra support for students requiring additional help.
One afternoon a week students are able to come to the library to receive assistance with their homework from a range of teachers and Educational Support Officers. In 2018, this is being held on a Tuesday afternoon, from 3.15pm until 4pm.
Negotiated Education Plans
Identified students will have Negotiated Education plans written in consultation with students, teachers, parents & specialists. These plans are reviewed and updated as necessary, and made available to all the students' classroom teachers.