Additional Learning Needs

Our schools assist all students, including students with additional learning needs.

If required, your child may access
the services of:

psychologists
speech pathologists
visiting teachers (hearing impairment, vision impairment, physical/chronic health impairment)
English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EAL/D) / New arrivals school advisers.

 

If the school believes your child would benefit from these services, the school will contact you and ask for your approval for the direct involvement of student services staff with your child. You may contact your child’s school for more information.

Information regarding the relevant referral process for these services is available from your child’s school.

Literacy, Numeracy and Special Learning Needs (LNSLN) Program

Our schools adopt the Literacy, Numeracy and Special Learning Needs (LNSLN) program to improve participation and learning outcomes, particularly in literacy and numeracy, of educationally disadvantaged students and students with a disability. You may contact your child’s school for more information.

Specialised therapy in schools

Our schools work in collaboration with specialised organisations in developing learning programs for students with special needs and these are tailored to meet the requirements of the individual student.
All students who have a physical, chronic health impairment or multiple disabilities and require physiotherapy and/or occupational therapy as an integral component of their school program may be referred for specialised therapy. Programs by Yooralla and Scope Victoria are provided. You may contact your child’s school for more information.

Transition certificate in work education

A transition certificate in work education (Certificate I in Transition Education) is offered at TAFE for students whose minimum age is 16. This program is for young people who have experienced mild intellectual learning and/or social difficulties.

It offers them the opportunity to participate in a range of vocational electives and activities, providing a broader base of living and employment skills. Programs can be tailored to meet the needs of individual students. You may contact your child’s school for more information.

Futures for Young Adults

Futures for Young Adults (FFYA) is a program that provides support to students with a disability to make the transition to post-school options.

Transition to Employment is an initiative within the FFYA program that aims to enhance opportunities for young people interested in pursuing employment. It is available to eligible students who have turned 18 when they complete their schooling and can be accessed up until they turn 21.

Senior Pathways & Transition Program

The Senior Pathways & Transition Program is available to selected students in Year 10 across schools of the Archdiocese of Melbourne. It aims to encourage students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities to remain in the mainstream school setting beyond the compulsory years and to access a range of vocational and higher educational opportunities that allow flexibility, choice and interchange at the completion of compulsory schooling years.

For more information, call
Catholic Education Melbourne on
03 9267 0228 or email execdirector@cem.edu.au.

Specialist settings

The Archdiocese of Melbourne operates specialists settings at:

MacKillop Specialist School in Whittington
St Mary’s College for the Deaf, with campuses in Wantirna South and South Morang (primary), Dandenong, Ringwood and South Morang (secondary)
St Joseph’s Flexible Learning Centre in North Melbourne
St Paul’s College in Kew.
 

The Sandhurst Diocese operates:

Doxa School in Bendigo
Notre Dame College, McAuley Champagnat program in Shepparton
Borinya Wangaratta Community Partnership in Wangaratta.
 
For more information contact:
Catholic Education Melbourne:
03 9267 0228
OR
Catholic Education Office Sandhurst:
03 5443 2377

Gifted students

Catholic schools make provision for high- achieving and gifted students in a variety of ways. The Catholic Education Office in each diocese offers educational consultancy and access to resources to assist schools in identifying gifted students, assessing their specific needs, and making appropriate programming recommendations. You may contact your child’s school for more information.

 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students

Ongoing educational, pastoral and cultural support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students is provided through school-based curriculum initiatives.Schools develop, implement and evaluate individual learning plans for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students as required. Effective links are established with Aboriginal community organisations, with Koorie education personnel, student support schemes and funding where available. You may contact your child’s school for more information.

An initiative of the Aboriginal Catholic Ministry, Melbourne is the ‘Opening the Doors Foundation’. The Foundation provides assistance to parents of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children who attend our schools in Victoria. It assists parents to choose and successfully maintain a positive educational environment for their children.

 

For more information, see www.openingthedoors.org.au
or call 03 9443 9070.

English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EAL/D) / New arrivals program

Consultancy services and funding are available to schools to meet the needs of newly arrived students requiring support with learning English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EAL/D). You may contact your child’s school for more information.