The principles of Inclusive Education provide the flexibility to respond to the particular needs of students as required at any given time through a range of effective educational programs based upon:
The diverse needs of students.
The centrality of the classroom teacher as the co-ordinator of students teaching and learning needs.
A knowledge of teaching and learning principles and practices that enable students to access the curriculum.
Authentic consultation with teachers, students, parents and relevant others about the impact of the student’s ability to access the curriculum.
An understanding of the organisational structures and processes required to engage students in learning.
St Peter Claver College has a large Inclusive Education team that includes a Curriculum Leader - Inclusive Education, Learning Support Teachers, skilled School Officers and Guidance Counsellors. Each professional has key partnership and case management responsibilities. Their roles determine support for teachers, parents, carers, consultants and other professionals by fostering a culture that enhances educational outcomes for all students.
Effective educational programs and services currently in place include:
Transition programs for all new students and school leavers.
Literacy and Numeracy classes across all year levels.
Literacy Intervention programs based on the Direct Instruction model. The programs include Corrective Reading, Spelling for Morphographs and Connecting Math Concepts.
A school-based Speech Pathologist can provide assessment for Speech Language Impairment, write reports and provide therapy sessions.
Advisory Visiting Teachers from BCE provide assistance where needed for students who are Physically Impaired, Hearing Impaired, or Vision Impaired.
A mentoring program is provided for students in Senior years.
Work Placement Programs are developed for students in Years 11 and 12.
School Officers are deployed to assist in the classroom where needed.
Ongoing professional development is provided to all staff.
Students who require support have Individual Curriculum Plans (ICP) that show the functional impact of their disability.
Adjustments and modifications are implemented and monitored for all students with an ICP.
Counselling is available from Guidance Counsellors on an appointment basis.
Career advice and support is also a service, as well as School-based Apprenticeships.
Assessment and reporting are tailored for all students with disabilities.
A Gifted and Talented program is also in place. Two extension classes are run in each year level to ensure all students reach excellent academic outcomes.