Inclusive Education

Students in Inclusive Education receive specialised programs in Literacy, Numeracy and Life Skills, in addition to accessing a wide range of mainstream classes and activities.

In the Lower School students focus on both the Functional Literacy and Numeracy skills they use in their everyday lives; which can include writing emails, letters, shopping lists, measuring quantities to make meals, and many more. Students also participate in Independent Living classes in the Coolock Centre where they practise the everyday skills they need in order to live independently. In addition, students participate in the Business and Enterprise Program where they experience running a business by designing and creating business cards and advertising posters. Previous enterprises have involved students holding a food stall selling healthy food from recipes recommended by Olympians, and selling Christmas recipes (by including all the ingredients in a jar). The Lower School focuses on developing students’ Community Access skills by planning and budgeting trips using public transport, and using their Smart Rider. Students plan journeys to Kings Park, Leederville, and Elizabeth Quay just to name a few.

In the Upper School, students complete Preliminary Courses in Religious Education, English and Maths; in addition to the Endorsed Programs based on the ASDAN Program (Award Scheme Development and Accreditation Network) and Certificate I in Business. Students study components of the ASDAN unit: Towards Independence – focusing on Using Transport, Independent Living, Sport Studies and Workright. This program gives educational opportunities to young people, helping learners to develop their personal and social attributes through its award programs and qualifications. ASDAN provides opportunities for all learners to develop their personal and social attributes and levels of achievement through ASDAN awards. The programs and qualifications aim to develop the skills of young people who have struggled in academic subjects, but are also taken by other students.They accredit skills for learning, employment and life, focusing on personal skills development, work-related learning, foundation learning, volunteering and special educational needs. Independent Living Skills are a continued focus for these years and incorporate the skills of washing, ironing, making a healthy meal and general household tasks.

Once a week, students in the Upper School attend Work Experience. Some placements include the Reject Shop, Sweetlips in Leederville, MercyCare, The Smith Family and Red Cross. Attending Work Experience enables students to be exposed to everyday life skills they will need when working – arriving to work on time, presentation, and using public transport if required. Students are supported by a Teacher Assistant, and on an individual basis, this support is sometimes reduced.

The Team of Inclusive Education ensure that students are challenged and supported in achieving their personal best, and are encouraged in their individual endeavours and progress.

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