Students today are immersed in a globalising world that is marked by rapid scientific and technological growth. As technology advances,
we are challenged to collaborate with schools and lead new pedagogical models for learning and teaching,
incorporating new technologies in the classroom and providing new learning spaces to meet the needs of students.
Theme 2: Quality Teaching for all Learners, Catholic Education Melbourne Strategic Plan 2015–2019
Saran KimYear 12 Student, Mater Christi College, Belgrave
The English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EAL/D) – New Arrivals
program, with its related initiatives, provides targeted financial, consultancy
and professional learning support. This support enhances teachers’ capacity to
ensure sustainable improvement in the learning outcomes of newly arrived
students who have an EAL/D.
Catholic Education Melbourne works together with schools to support
learning and wellbeing with integrated support and strategies that are
responsive to schools’ needs to strengthen engagement and learning. In 2015, funding was sought for 216 new
arrival students and 1,290 recently enrolled refugee students in the
Archdiocese of Melbourne.
Refugee Support Strategies
Education Melbourne implemented a range of strategies to assist teachers in
addressing the educational and trauma needs of the increasing number of refugee
students in Catholic schools. Additional funding enabled schools to employ
refugee support teachers, multicultural aides and release for teachers to
participate in professional learning facilitated by the New Arrivals
Tools to Enhance
Assessment Literacy (TEAL) Project for Teachers of English as an Additional
In 2015, the
New Arrivals Team supported teachers from Catholic primary and secondary
schools in the final phase of the project, providing trialing and feedback of Tools
to Enhance Assessment Literacy (TEAL) reading, writing, vocabulary and oral
the successful launch of the TEAL website in June 2015, three phases of
professional learning programs through a ‘train the trainer’ model were
commenced and will continue throughout 2016.
Schools also had the opportunity to participate in the oral language and
reading online trials.
additional allocation of funding was distributed by the CECV Grants Allocation
Committees (Primary and Secondary) in 2015,
to support schools with their TEAL implementation process.
EAL – New Arrivals Program
Education Melbourne New Arrivals program was regionally based to allow school
advisers (New Arrivals) to provide consultancy and professional learning
support to schools to meet the settlement and educational needs of newly
arrived students who have English as an Additional Language. A grant allocation
was made to primary schools, with eligible, newly arrived, EAL students to
employ a teacher to work on a sessional basis with the students.
School advisers also supported schools to meet the complex settlement
and long-term educational needs of the growing number of recently enrolled
refugee background students in Catholic schools. An additional allocation of
funding was distributed by the CECV Grants Allocation Committees (Primary and
Secondary) in 2015, per refugee student who had enrolled at the school in 2013,
2014 and 2015. This allocation was used to fund initiatives and programs in the
school, which supported all refugee background students.
Mercy Connect Refugee Volunteer Thank
The New Arrivals Team hosted the Mercy
Connect Refugee Volunteer Thank You Celebration on 2 December 2015. The Mercy
Connect Project, in partnership with Catholic Education Melbourne, used the extensive
educational experiences of trained volunteers to provide additional in-school
support and mentoring to refugee background students as they settled into the
Australian educational setting.
The program began in
2011 and now has 120 volunteers working on a weekly basis in eight Catholic
secondary schools and 17 Catholic primary schools with approximately 630
refugee background students.
TESOL Conference 2015
Education Melbourne New Arrivals Education Officer presented a workshop in
August 2015, at the VicTESOL mini-conference.
The workshop, Implementing
EAL Strategies in mainstream primary classrooms: enhancing outcomes for EAL
students and improving outcomes for all students, demonstrated the importance of building teachers’
capacity to support EAL students in mainstream classrooms by using the learning
gained from the ‘Professional Certificate in EAL’. A case study approach was
used which demonstrated EAL pedagogy and addressed the learning and teaching
and language demands of EAL/D learners.
Learning for teachers
A range of
professional learning opportunities were provided for leadership teams and
teachers working with EAL/New Arrival/Refugee students facilitated by the New
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