Education Support

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Education Support Curriculum
The goal for all students at Sacred Heart College is to develop appropriate life skills and independence in preparation for life after school. In Year 7 there is a focus on the development of life skills through the curriculum consolidating Numeracy and Literacy concepts taught at a primary level. Students in Education Support are part of a Pastoral Care Group and participate in Physical Education, Religious Education and elective classes with mainstream students. Building on the skills and experiences of previous years the individual needs of each student are discussed with the child’s family, to provide an appropriate level of academic, spiritual, social and behavioural learning. Participation in mainstream core subjects is also possible dependent upon the student’s needs. An Individual Education Plan (IEP) is developed/updated during Term 1 and 3 to ensure that specific goals and objectives are set for each student to ensure they are working at the appropriate level throughout the year. 

Education Assistants
Education Assistants are generally appointed to each mainstream class the students attend. Education Assistants work with all students in small groups within the Education Support Department and also assist with supporting academic, behavioural and social needs within mainstream classes. 

Mathematics Curriculum
The Mathematics programme within Education Support focuses on developing functional mathematical skills and concepts to assist with independence within the community. These skills are developed through practical hands on activities involving time, money, measurement, calculator and basic number skills. Students are also given the opportunity to reinforce mathematical concepts through computer and iPad based learning. 

English Curriculum
The English curriculum focuses on functional literacy skills essential for independence in the community. Students complete a wide variety of activities to develop their reading, writing, grammatical and oral language skills Essential English skills are also embedded within all other learning areas to ensure students have many opportunities to practice the skills learnt in specific lessons.

Integrated Curriculum
The Integrated Curriculum provides opportunities for students to experience a selection of activities from the Humanities, Science and Health learning areas. The focus of the course is to provide practical activities related to real life situations that help to develop the student’s general knowledge,personal safety and world awareness.
Students also take part in social skills classes to improve their communication and social awareness and participate in a variety of wellbeing activities for both their physical and emotional development. 

Life Skills Curriculum
The Life Skills programme enables students to take part in a wide range of practical, daily living skills. Students are given the opportunity to work on individual programs tailored to suit their personal care and independence needs. The content of the individual programs may also support therapy programs from external agencies that help to develop physiotherapy, speech and occupational therapy goals. 

Community Access
Students take part in a wide variety of activities within the community in order to practice the skills they have learnt at school and to transfer their learning to new environments. These visits to the community also provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their personal safety awareness and to build their confidence in new situations. Throughout the year incursions are also arranged to allow the students to build their knowledge in a variety of areas including: public transport and travel safety, emergency services and basic first aid training. 

Heart Café
The students have the opportunity to be trained in the operation of an industry standard coffee machine in a real life café situation. They are also given opportunities to be involved in the operational business decisions and are encouraged to take part in devising and evaluating business plans for the success of the café. Students receive practical training in all aspects of working within a café which will assist with their future job training prospects.