The College recognises that our student population is a diverse group and that some students may require personalised provision to meet their specific needs. The Enhanced Learning Centre provides a well established system of support for all learners whether they require individual tutoring for specific learning needs or extension through our gifted and talented programme. The Centre takes responsibility for co-ordinating the individualised, educational needs of these selected students.
All students referred to the Enhanced Learning Centre by their class teachers are assessed to determine their learning needs. The result of this assessment is discussed with their parents, tutor and classroom teachers and is used to determine appropriate enhancement and levels of support.
Gifted and Talented
The College provides opportunities for selected students to participate in programmes that promote academic rigour and creativity within a supportive and engaging learning environment both inside and beyond the classroom. These enrichment programmes lead to higher levels of understanding, broadening the student’s knowledge and accelerate their learning in key concept areas.
The provision for gifted and talented students addresses the needs of our gifted and talented students aiming to challenge, enthuse and extend highly intelligent students allowing for independent differentiation within the curriculum. The Identification of our gifted students is inclusive and on-going using a multi-method approach. The College defines gifted as encompassing many areas of learning including intellectual, physical, creative, spiritual and leadership domains.
A range of ‘beyond the classroom’ gifted projects are offered to enhance the learning experiences of gifted students. Strong links have been formed with the Brain Centre to provide high achieving students the opportunity to expand their horizons in the scientific field. Critical thinking and creative abilities are extended by selected students participating in conferences such as the Gifted and Talented Student conference and TEDx. Creative students are provided enrichment opportunities through workshops with visiting writers and artists. Gifted and Talented students are provided opportunities to showcase their work and are celebrated College wide during Gifted Awareness Week each year.
The College actively targets the specific educational needs of individual students and our teachers continually assess their performance. When students require more specialised teaching programmes for their particular learning needs, they are referred to our Enhanced Learning Centre and an appropriate, monitored support action is determined. Assistance varies according to need and help may be prescribed by an Individual Education Plan (IEP) or referral to an outside agency.