Accelerated Learning Program

Students at Garran Primary School have unique educational needs and are be catered for in order that their learning outcomes are optimised. All students are provided with opportunities to excel through the differentiation of the curriculum - extension, enrichment and curriculum compacting. The Accelerated Learning Program was established in 1997 as a way of catering for the needs of students with an academic ability in literacy and numeracy. The program usually runs three classes arranged as a Year 1/2, a Year 3/4 and a Year 5/6.

What is the Accelerated Learning Program (ALP)?

The ALP is a full time accelerated class for students who have been identified as suitable through Garran's chosen assessment procedures. It is a dynamic program that is continually modified to suit the needs of individual students. The ALP provides:

How are students selected for the Accelerated Learning Program?

This is a comprehensive process requiring several months preparation time to administer the testing procedures required to identify candidates for the program. The process begins in Term 3 so that enough time may be devoted to the administration of tests and identification procedures:

What is expected from students in the Accelerated Learning Program?

It is expected that students:

What happens in the Accelerated Learning Program?

Additional Needs Programs

Garran Primary School is known for its academic excellence and innovation. Provision is made for all students, encompassing a whole range of teaching methods and catering for all learning styles. In this way, all students have access to the best possible education that Garran Primary School can provide with the resources that are available.

Learner Support Unit (LSU)

Garran Primary School Learner Support Unit caters for the individual needs of students with an intellectual disability.

The academic program implemented in the LSU develops the strengths of individual students and builds upon their current level of achievement.

One of the main aims of the LSU is to integrate students into mainstream classes. Integration occurs throughout the week including Library, Sport, Art as well as excursions, swimming programs, assemblies and on an individually negotiated basis.

Literacy/Numeracy Assistance

Garran Primary School has a commitment to providing the best educational program for each of its students. This includes provision of additional support for students experiencing difficulties in achieving their optimum, particularly in Literacy and Numeracy.

Assistance is provided through in-class support, withdrawal for small group work and, in some instances, through individual support. Students requiring assistance are referred to the school's Additional Needs Team by class teachers and/or parents. While assistance is available for students in Kindergarten to Year 6, an emphasis is placed on early intervention.

English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EALD)

There are sixty-seven nationalities represented in the student population at Garran Primary School. These children from diverse cultural backgrounds enrich the student body and help to make Garran a special place.

Most of these students come from a language background other than English. They are supported in their classroom endeavours by an English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EALD) teacher who works closely with the classroom teacher. Children are assisted in different ways depending on their needs. Sometimes they are withdrawn from the classroom to work individually or in small groups with the English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EALD) teacher. At other times, the English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EALD) teacher works with the class teacher in the classroom. English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EALD) support is also provided for homework and research tasks and for excursions outside the school.