Enrichment, extension and acceleration
IGS recognises the need to provide a wide range of educational options to cater for the individual needs of students with high abilities. The main options for this include enrichment, extension and acceleration. Within these three frameworks we provide rich program options that augment the curriculum at all year levels. Individual students’ strengths can be accommodated, thus allowing all Key Learning Areas (KLAs) to be met.
Our aim is to provide choices based on each student’s learning style or modality, domain strengths or specific learning areas which will optimise the development of their potential. We provide students with a wide range of learning experiences to enhance a particular talent or range of talents, and we promote a flexible approach to all learning opportunities. We use a variety of procedures to identify more able students, both in school and by off-level testing.
Some specific interventions are initiated in the regular classroom by the teacher. Other flexible progressions might involve:
- early completion of a stage and entry into the next stage in one or more subjects;
- vertical groupings of like-minded students in a subject area across a range of ages;
- enrichment differentiation, a process that adapts the curriculum to allow more able students to pursue a course of study in greater depth and breadth; and
- various specialist classes and school groupings such as Independent Education Plans.
The School also offers a mentor program to match individuals with expertise in specific areas of interest. At primary level IGS is involved in the annual HICES Camp for Gifted and Talented students.
Educational rigour, along with continual stimulation and encouragement, creates a strong framework for our more able students, and provides excellent results for students and teachers alike.
The Learning Support Coordinator consults on a regular basis with classroom teachers to ensure that they work together to meet the needs of students.
Students who would benefit from Learning Support are referred via their teachers.
Students may complete different forms of testing to see where their areas of support are needed. Most children are allocated 30 to 60 minutes a week, usually as part of a small group matched according to ability. Lessons focusing on literacy usually include reading, spelling and writing, while other groups may be for comprehension or maths.
Higher up in the primary school, maths groups meet once or twice a week, focusing on basic number processes or other areas where students may need further practice and instruction. Upper primary students also come to Learning Support for in general literacy before or after school.