Gleneagles has always had a number of PSD funded students. We also have unfunded students who need support to access the standard curriculum or that need the curriculum significantly modified.
After a year of research into best practice we have designed the Learning Enrichment Centre – LEC that uses a range of resources that provide targeted and at the point of need support in both Literacy and Numeracy.
Students are identified for the Centre through a range of testing and classroom observations. Students performing more than 2 years below year level and PSD students are provide significant literacy and numeracy intervention for approximately 2 periods per week. Students work on building their confidence to develop basic literacy and numeracy skills so they can experience success in all areas of learning. The intention for most students is to provide intense support, eventually exiting them from the program once they develop the necessary skills needed to access the mainstream program.
A program such as this takes several years to be fully embedded and will be refined based on evaluations and student outcomes but six months into the first year and we have already seen positive results for many students both in the LEC and back in the classroom.
The LEC is staffed by 2 teachers and several Education Support staff and is led by our Learning Growth leading teacher. It services over 200 students across year 7 and 8.
Last year, I studied all three of the technology subjects offered at the Year 9 level – wood, metal and glass and found I enjoyed Wood Work the most. I love using my hands to create things that I can use at home and things I am able to be proud of, such as the drawers and shelving unit I made during the class. Choosing to participate in Wood Work has helped me gain skills with power tools, screwdrivers and saws – things I might not have used otherwise. Also, in a class with half males and half females, it’s nice to see the perception of technology subjects changing where it’s now acceptable for women to be doing the male-perceived classes. I enjoyed Wood Work so much that I hope to continue doing technology subjects in the future.