Insight into the Diverse Learning Team (DLT)
The Diverse Learning Team at Damascus College support students with a range of needs including those with a diagnosed disability, a learning difficulty or social and emotional needs, plus those highlighted as gifted and talented. Our Diverse Learning Team (DLT) consists of four teaching staff and 14 Learning Support Officers. The team works with teaching staff and families to support the academic and social needs of students.
The Diverse Learning Teaching Team consists of Rebecca Anderson (Leader), Kirsten Phyland (Transition and Year 7), Patricia Brown (Year 8 and 9) and Matthew Hallowell (Year 10 -12 and VCE coordinator).
The team work together to support students in the following ways:
• Partnering with parents/guardians, classroom teachers, Teacher Advisors, House Leaders, students and education consultants to develop a program to suit each student’s needs;
• Developing, implementing and reviewing Individual Learning Plans (ILP);
• Program Support Group (PSG) meetings;
• Evidence-based literacy and numeracy interventions;
• Monitoring the progress of students with additional needs by identifying and coordinating support mechanisms required to meet the educational, pastoral, safety and health needs of each student.
The DLT also work with the Catholic Education Office (Ballarat) and community organisations to support students in accessing the services of the following consultants and/or allied health professionals in order to better inform the educational programming of our students:
• Occupational Therapists;
• Speech pathologists;
• Learning consultants: diversity, autism spectrum disorder/behaviour, vision impairment, hearing impairment and physical/chronic health impairment.
Please contact the Damascus Office or the relevant DL Team Member if you have any questions.