The Education Support program at Ellenbrook Secondary College focuses on promoting independence and individual learning pathways for students with special education needs (SEN) and disability by using personal strengths to overcome challenges.
Students can learn in the Education Support program or participate in mainstream classes with support from Education Assistants, depending on their individual needs.
The Education Support program was developed to promote relevant learning pathways for students with SEN. Learning occurs with an integrated ‘hands on’ approach with students engaged in practical activities to promote the skills required to achieve personal independence and success beyond school.
Students are provided with modified curriculum reflecting their individual needs and are supported within Ed Support classes and within the community by experienced Education Assistants.
Parent involvement is actively sought in assisting with each student’s development and implementation of authentic and meaningful Individual Education Plans, which are tailored to each student’s needs. Students can be successfully transitioned into mainstream classes (where they are supported by Education Assistants) and vice versa.
All SEN students are part of the ESC community and positive interactions are encouraged and supported through attendance at assemblies, end of term functions, reward excursions and events such as the College Ball and Graduation Night alongside their mainstream peers.
Our specialised education support teachers work in partnership with the whole College staff to ensure a seamless flow for students, as they progress from Year 7 to the community beyond. This is achieved by identifying and delivering tailored programs and activities with a focus on personal and interpersonal skills.
SEN students are supported to experience industry pathway learning through Workplace Learning including Options Employment’s Ready for Work, Ready for Life program, a variety of weekly work placement options and Certificate Courses.
LITERACY AND NUMERACY
Functional Literacy and Numeracy learning is undertaken within all Ed Support groups, led by our qualified specialist teachers.
Individualised goals are aligned with each child’s learning priorities. Students participate in ASDAN, Direct instruction and Preliminary Courses approved by SCSA.
The program aims at increasing student confidence when using public transport, practicing road safety skills, demonstrating protective behaviours and using and managing money competently. The Community Connection program includes:
- Community Awareness
- Road and Personal Safety
- Travel Training
HEALTH & WELL-BEING
Health and well-being is integral for student learning. In addition to sport sessions, students participate in activities to develop health approaches to maintain safe and productive lives. Topics include:
- Protective Behaviours
- Self-Awareness and Self-Management
- Personal Hygiene
- Social Interaction and Positive Relationships
- Sex Education and Relationships
Health lessons are delivered in collaboration with mainstream staff, the College Nurse, Chaplain and when required, outside specialist and agencies.
INDEPENDENT LIVING & COOKING
For students to gain independence in managing their own lives the Ed Support program incorporates specific lessons for cooking and daily living skills including household chores, with a focus on occupational health/safety.
Facilities such as kitchens, gardens and laundry resources are available to promote skills used in everyday life.
Students who require additional support in literacy and numeracy are enrolled in Direct Instruction (DI) classes for Mathematics, Science, Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS) and English.
The aim of the program is to fill gaps in learning and allow students acquisition of concepts at an individual pace. DI classes are organised in small groups to make sure students will achieve enough progress to move into mainstream classes. The content of the program is based on explicit teaching and mastery learning, allowing gradual and consistent progress and mastery of new skills.
INTEGRATED CURRICULUM CLASSES (Y8 & Y9) 2020
Integrated Curriculum program 2020 integrates a Kitchen-Garden program, Aboriginal Literacy Strategy and STEM into MESH subjects and Options. It is designed at the level appropriate to students’ needs. The program activities provide strong links to all learning areas of the Australian Curriculum. By participating in hands-on activities in the kitchen and garden, students develop real-life literacy and numeracy skills. It is based on the routine which creates a safe and engaging environment for all.
AUTISM ACADEMY AT CURTIN UNIVERSITY
ESC is proud of its collaboration with the Autism Academy at Curtin University. Autism Academy provides programs for students with high-functioning Autism interested in pursuing a career in the ICT industry. Various programs are available for Y7 to Y12 students including Coder Dojo, Game Design, work placements and scholarships.
As of 2021, Y13 will be available to Special Needs students at Ellenbrook Secondary College.
The provision of Y13 is a school-based decision dependent of the achievement of an educational outcome by an individual student. The enrolment in Year 13 is provided for students who are working to achieve an educational outcome. To ensure that Year 13 is adding value and meeting the criteria of achieving an educational outcome, we will be offering Year 13 to students who require additional time to:
- Complete a certificate course
- Complete a school based traineeship
- Transition to employment through a work trial etc.
Parents will need to notify school if they wish their children to continue for Y13.
For any further questions about our Education Support program, please don’t hesitate to contact us on 9297 9700 for details.