Diverse Learning

Diverse Learning

As a school we seek to nurture the diversity of learners in our community, encouraging each student to fulfill her academic and personal potential in an atmosphere of freedom, care and respect. We recognise that some students have specific needs which require intervention beyond those readily available in the regular classroom; as such we employ the Response to Intervention (RTI) 3-tier approach when identifying and responding to students’ learning and behavioural needs. 

Our Diverse Learning faculty consists of highly qualified and expert teachers who have post-graduate qualifications in both Gifted Education and Special Education.   In addition to our Diverse Learning teachers, we also have a team of Learning Support Assistants who provide in-class support along with the delivery of small group and 1:1 intervention programs for students with more substantial learning needs.  The team constantly monitors student performance in order to respond to their needs by providing either learning support and/or learning enrichment. Students are identified using data from external reports and tests, including AAS (Allwell) and Naplan Tests, semester rankings and general class performance as well as perceptual data from teachers and parents. 

Through a collaborative curriculum planning model, students with diverse learning needs are provided with  adjustments to participate and progress through the curriculum within an inclusive model. Adjustments to teaching, learning and assessment activities assist the student in accessing the syllabus outcomes in a range of ways.  The development of Individual Adjustment Plans is a collaborative process that involves the Diverse Learning teacher, the student and their parents, providing the student with an opportunity to set learning goals in the spirit of growth that is an imperative of the Loreto Normanhurst Student Growth Model. 

Response to Intervention Approach (RTI)

  • High quality teaching and learning processes engage students so that they achieve academic, social and emotional outcomes.
  • Specific initiatives target the learning and behavioural challenges of students needing support.
  • Implemented individualised supports for students requiring intensive assistance to achieve educational, social and emotional outcomes.

Gifted and Talented Students and High Potential Learners

  • Identification
  • Differentiated curriculum guided by the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework
  • Enrichment opportunities
  • University based courses for senior students 
  • Mentoring for students and support for gifted underachievers
  • Special Events e.g: Philosophy Day, GATSTA Events, GATEWAYS, Maths Olympiad
  • Da Vinci Decathlon National Competition
  • Future Problem Solving- National and International Competition: Scenario Writing, Global Issues Problem Solving, Community Problem Solving

Students with Additional Learning Needs

  • Identification
  • Individual Adjustment Plans
  • Differentiated curriculum guided by the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework
  • Explicit, direct instruction
  • In class assistance for Years 5-10
  • Study support for Years 11-12
  • Year 5 & 6 small group assistance
  • Year 7 targeted Literacy Intervention
  • Year 9 & 10 Academic Support Elective
  •  Evidence Based Interventions:
    • Literacy (Multi Lit, Macq Lit, Cars and Stars)
    • Numeracy (Math Mastery Series)
    • SoSafe! Program
  • Afterschool homework help for Year 7 & 8
  • Homework help before school and at lunch
  • Individual appointments for support
  • E.A.L (English as Additional Language)
  • Life Skills courses for identified students 
  • Adjustments to Assessments for Year 5-10 as per NESA guidelines
  • Disability Provisions for Year 11 & 12 as per NESA guidelines
  • TAFE Courses for Year 11 & 12
  • Diverse Pathways for the HSC

As a school community we are highly committed to assisting students with diverse learning needs, ensuring that they achieve the best educational outcomes within a collaborative and supportive environment.

Academic Support Classes

This is offered to students through a number of programs. In Years 7 and 8 the emphasis is on general literacy skills; in Years 9 and  10 students reduce an elective and work instead in a small group to receive assistance with general assignments; in Year 11 they receive support through the Fundamentals of English Course and Year 12 Senior Study Skills is tailored to suit individual needs.

Homework Help

The promotion of independent learning, good study practices, and availability of expert help with homework are important elements of academic pastoral care at Loreto Normanhurst. All students have access to independent homework help through a dedicated team of teachers who are available most mornings and afternoons to work with individual students.

This assistance may take the form of organisational assistance, proof reading an assignment, assistance in identifying appropriate sources, or in the management of several tasks over a longer time period.

Additionally boarding school students have dedicated teachers who provide assistance in small groups when students are in study periods of an evening.