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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
Learning Needs Staff Group is guided by Gospel values and a strong belief in
justice and equality, with the student at the heart of education.
The Staff Group
provides direct services to educators, parents and students to support
This is achieved by
providing guidance in understanding the demands of the curriculum, and
assisting teachers to select the most appropriate education pathway for student
with additional needs.
Students with Disabilities (SWD)
The objective of
the Students with Disabilities (SWD) program is to improve the learning
outcomes of educationally disadvantaged students, particularly in literacy and
numeracy, by contributing funding to support the student’s teaching and
Eligible students are funded under the categories of chronic health impairment, physical
disability, vision impairment, hearing impairment, severe language disorder,
intellectual disability or social/emotional disorder.
2015, there were a total of 6,747 students eligible to receive funding in the
Archdiocese of Melbourne. Of the 6,747
eligible students, 57.3% were primary students and 42.7% were secondary
students. Based on the total student population in the Archdiocese of
Melbourne, 4.3% of students received funding.
was contracted by Catholic Education Commission of Victoria Ltd (CECV) to
deliver services and support to students with physical disabilities or chronic
health impairments in Catholic primary and secondary schools across Melbourne
and the whole of Victoria in 2015, there were 313 students eligible for therapy
in Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Melbourne.
for equipment are available for eligible students who are funded under the
categories of physical disability, chronic health impairment, hearing
impairment and vision impairment. In 2015, 81 students were provided with
equipment that was considered integral to their access and participation at
Nationally Consistent Collection of
Data on School Student with Disabilities (NCCD)
In 2015, all
Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Melbourne participated in the Nationally
Consistent Collection of Data (NCCD). This is an annual data collection that
counts the number of school students with disability and the level of
reasonable educational adjustment they are provided with. The aim of the
national data collection is to collect further information about school students
with disability in Australia.
information provided through the national data collection will enable all
Australian governments to better target support and resources to benefit
students with disability. The data will help schools to better support students
with disability so that they have the same opportunities for a high quality
education as students without disability.
Abilities Based Learning and Education Support (ABLES)
Abilities Based Learning and Education Support (ABLES) program supports the
teaching and learning of students with disabilities and additional needs. It
provides a suite of curriculum, pedagogy, assessment and reporting resources
that assist teachers in recognising and responding to the diverse learning
needs of all students, and in assessing and reporting student learning,
monitoring student progress and providing accurate intervention advice. In 2015,
71 schools across the Archdiocese of Melbourne used this tool to assess 618
professional learning was provided to 1,054 teachers, which involved whole-school
sessions, action research and individually tailored consultations. The learning
provided to teachers, assisted them to identify the needs of their gifted
students and develop appropriate programming to meet their learning needs.
program was provided to gifted primary students who were matched with a mentor
student from a Catholic secondary school to devise particular projects and
explore specific areas of interest and passion. It is an avenue for the
provision of enrichment and extension for highly able students.
The Gifted Think
group of principals, middle leaders, teachers and Catholic Education Melbourne
staff that meet together to plan and coordinate gifted education provision, continued to be a vital
source of inspiration and were instrumental in developing a range of
initiatives in the gifted area.
Learning Collaborative Impact Project has involved 20 primary and two secondary
schools in the Archdiocese of Melbourne. This is a three-year program that
supports schools to embed evidence-based practices to make a significant impact
on student outcomes.
assists principals, impact coaches and teachers within the school to use the
evidence they have gathered from the Evidence into Action days to inform their
teaching, inclusive of the use of clear learning intentions, success criteria
and the four levels of effective feedback.
Professional learning programs
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