Faith Lutheran College values the diversity of all students including those with special needs, recognises the right of all students to have equitable access to the curriculum, and offers educational programs specific to the needs of students. In a fully inclusive environment, the LEC team supports students to reach their full educational, social and emotional potential by looking at a student’s needs and strengths, and the ways to maximise their potential. Our aim is to develop the whole person for life. Education is not simply concerned with the expansion of the intellect but the development of the whole person, socially, intellectually, spiritually, physically and emotionally.
Faith recognises that students vary in their individual needs and abilities, and also the diversity within their peer groups with respect to learning readiness, cultural background, interests, talents and learning profile. These may include students with:
- physical disabilities
- sensory impairments (visual, hearing)
- mild to moderate intellectual impairments
- learning difficulties
- developmental disorders
- speech and language disorders
- behaviour disorders
- emotional impairments
- non-English speaking backgrounds
- Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent
- a special gift or talent
- special orders, who may be in the care of the state (foster care).
- in some cases, students may have multiple special needs due to a combination of factors.
Faith Lutheran College staff will assist the full participation of students with disabilities by:
- valuing all students as individuals, identifying and responding to their needs;
- consulting with the student and parent/carer to make well-informed decisions about the educational program to be developed for each student with a disability(s);
- identifying and addressing barriers that may limit the student’s opportunities, participation and benefits to be gained from schooling;
- providing an appropriate level of resources within available funds, in order to reasonably accommodate the needs of students with disabilities;
- making reasonable adjustments or modifications, substituting or supplementing curricula, course work requirements, timetables, pedagogy, materials and assessment procedures, to meet the needs of students with disabilities;
- facilitating options and pathways for students with needs;
- providing physical environments that are accessible, stimulating, safe and welcoming;
- devising fair and transparent enrolment procedures for all students, including those with disabilities;
- respecting the rights of people with disabilities to privacy and confidentiality;
- fostering and encouraging among staff and students, positive, informed and unprejudiced attitudes towards people with disabilities; and
- supporting and assisting students to make alternative satisfactory educational arrangements when the school is unable to meet their needs.
Individual Education Program
Students with a diagnosed disability will have an IEP (Individual Education Program), which will provide goals and a focus for staff and students while catering for them. These programs are devised by the Learning Enrichment Centre staff with specialist and allied health professional input, along with classroom teacher consultation when necessary.
Education Support Plan
Students who are in the care of the state will have an ESP (Education Support Plan), which will provide three focus goals for the student. These include a focus for participation, wellbeing and academic achievement. These plans are designed with the student, carer and Child Safety Officer or other representative.
Both teachers and teacher aides provide in-class, small group and individual support to students and staff on a prioritised, needs-basis.