The Learning Diversity Team at Notre Dame College provides a range of supports for students with learning needs. These needs may stem from a specific learning diagnosis, social/emotional impacts, sensory or physical conditions.
All Learning Diversity students have an Individual Learning Plan which includes information for teachers regarding reasonable adjustments that may be required in the classroom for students to achieve positive outcomes. These adjustments are reviewed regularly and are discussed with the student and their family at the Program Support Group Meeting.
Learning Support Officers (LSO) can provide in class support when required as well as small group and individual support in accordance with teacher direction.
Some other supports the college offers in Learning Diversity are:
Evidence suggests that just being near a dog when we are stressed can reduce anxiety, and Rosie is testament to this as she has a calming influence on students and staff. Rosie has been part of our Notre Dame College Community for the past twelve months, spending a lot of her time with the junior students and in the Learning Diversity classroom.
Due to the positive results we have seen with Rosie, we have now added another Wellbeing Dog to our team. Poppy will spend most of her time with the senior students in classrooms and she will go to Emmaus regularly to be a support to the Year 9 students.
The Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD) takes place every year.
The NCCD is a collection that counts:
Students are counted in the NCCD if they receive ongoing adjustments at school due to disability. This ‘help’ allows them to access education on the same basis as a child without disability.
The information collected by the NCCD helps teachers, principals, education authorities and governments to better support students with disability at school.
For further information regarding Learning Diversity, please contact Leah Cordedda, Director of Learning Diversity Ph: 5822 8400.