Personalising learning - Meet Tim, Susan and their daughter Eve

In 2013, Tim and Susan’s daughter Eve was 8 years old in Year 3 at a local primary school. Eve loves dancing and swimming.

Eve’s teacher Ms Wright knows Eve is a happy and charming student but has had concerns about Eve’s progress in literacy and numeracy. During the year the school arranged for a school psychologist to assess her progress. This assessment demonstrated that Eve’s learning progress was impacted by a mild intellectual disability.

The Department of Education had recently introduced targeted funding for students with mild to moderate intellectual disability. The school made an application for extra support for Eve for Year 4 through this process and the school received support ready for the next school year.

Eve’s Year 4 class teacher is Mr Briggs and he is provided with additional funding to personalise Eve’s learning programme to meet her needs.

Mr Briggs meets with Tim and Susan to discuss how he would like to support Eve’s literacy and numeracy programme. Mr Briggs explains that the funding will be put towards:
  • Teacher Assistant time – two sessions per week, developing her reading independence through a one-to-one programme
  • Assistive technology – iPad and apps to develop and practice reading skills both at school and at home
  • A small group numeracy programme with four peers with a focus on developing skills with money use.
At the end of the year parent-teacher interview Tim and Susan explained to Mr Briggs the noticeable difference Eve had made with her reading at home and how she was feeling much more confident at school.

Eve's school continues to receive funding to support her learning needs as she moves into Year 5.

For more information about the comprehensive programmes and funding support for learners with greater support needs, visit the department's webpage Students with Disability

Tasmania’s Government schools are supporting all learners in all schools through personalising learning.
Some learners have greater support needs and comprehensive programmes are providing all students with access to a full range of education opportunities. 
Discover more about the support available…

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