NSW Priority Schools Programs Conference 2007 Emma Jeffery Assistant Principal Woodenbong Central School NSW Department of Education & Training NSW Public Schools – Leading the Way www.det.nsw.edu.au
Personalised Learning PlansThe journey so farWoodenbong Central school
Education is based on a relationship, not a procedure. Jimmy Fay & David Funk
Background • Woodenbong is located in Northern NSW at the foothills of Mount Lindesay. • The town has a population of approx 500 people with the main source of employment being either farming or timber industry. • Student enrolment K-12 = 240. • 35% Indigenous student enrolment, most of whom live at Muli Muli, a mission located 5km from town.
PLP Development • PLP’s were a direct result of becoming part of the Schools In Partnership initiative. • Collaborative approach using AP, AERT, AEA, classroom teacher, STLA, CLO, ACLO. • Our Target 2007 – is to complete 4 PLP meetings through the year (one per term) for 57 primary students, 38 secondary students and 24 Preschool students.
PLP Meetings • ACLO ~ Rob Williams is fundamental to the whole process. Vital Link with the community Respected and trusted Negotiates meeting times with school and community Offers transport to parents if needed Provides feedback to the school VENUE ~ School premises People present – AP, classroom teacher, ACLO and parents and students.
Gift Packs • Designed by the teachers to give added support to the families while at home • Resources which are currently being used in the classroom • Sight words • Memory games • Maths games • Reading books • Work books • Maths terminology
Successes • Building genuine partnerships with our community • Maintaining high expectations of student learning • Teacher professional dialogue • Identifying areas of student need • Establishing child specific teaching and learning strategies • Aligning all the key stakeholders • Lower absent rates • Quality Teaching implemented • Focuses for teacher professional development
Successes • Parents asking for ‘gift packs’ • Breaking down barriers • Providing the opportunity to continue strengthening the rapport between the school and community on a regular basis • Engaged parents during meetings talking freely • Improved communication • Stronger links with our Preschool • Flexibility • Teachers talking to parents outside school hours regarding positive student information.
Challenges • Maintaining the enthusiasm of both the parents and staff • Running to a schedule • Minimising classroom interruptions • Staff development on PLP proforma • Ensuring stage appropriate outcomes • Flexibility • Staff burnout
SUPPORT • Emma Jeffery Woodenbong Central School Ph 66 351 281 fax 66 351 488 email EMMA.JEFFERY@education.nsw.edu.au