Summary of services

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For further information contact the Outreach section by phone on (08) 9462 9580

The West Coast Language Development Centre Outreach Service is a Department of Education support service. The service responds to the distinctive needs of public primary schools in the North Metro (coastal strip) Educational and Midwest Regions with a focus on improving speaking, listening (oral language) and early literacy learning for students with language difficulties, difference and disorders. The emphasis is on sustainable capacity building of teachers, schools and systems to deliver high quality learning opportunities. This is developed through ongoing professional learning, consults and mentoring, which promote the use of evidence-based practices (differentiated for students with language concerns).

The service makes critical links to the Department of Education Strategic plan where it states:A high quality school education for every child – whatever their ability, wherever they live, whatever their background………success for all students.’

Schools must elect to receive services and both the schools and the staff must commit to ongoing action learning.

Capacity is developed across mainstream schools and networks through the outreach service, with the support of the early intervention and research and development arms. The focus is to develop mainstream teacher and school capacity to enable effective support of learning in speaking, listening, reading, writing and social domains to maximise the outcomes for students with language disorders, disability and difference. Capacity is built through the use of four interrelated dimensions for sustainable capacity development; individual, entity, interrelationships and enabling environments.

The Outreach Service indirectly caters for the broader group of students with language impairments, difficulties or disorder and students with language vulnerabilities due to disadvantage. This group represents approximately 20-30% of the student population.

School Level Support

Support is offered directly to individual schools. The nature of these services is negotiated according to individual needs, but may sometimes include tailored professional learning sessions, support with planning, mentoring, consultative support, assessment and subsequent analysis. Schools accessing this level of service will be allocated a Support Officer, Speech and Language.

While all schools requesting a service will be allocated a Support Officer, to manage the workload in the context of the number of schools requesting new or ongoing support we prioritise schools (in terms of time availability) on the following basis:

  • Priority 1 Schools: Are schools with a strong commitment to leadership development and a high level of involvement in assessment for learning, resource series and research and development. Disadvantaged and/or ERG’d schools that have a focus on building in-school leadership capacity in the context of phase or whole school connected approaches.
  • Priority 2 Schools: Are schools that have a focus on building in-school leadership capacity in the context of phase or whole school connected approaches.
  • Priority 3 Schools: Are schools that have not identified in school leadership as a focus for capacity building.
  • Priority 4 Networks: Schools wishing to work across their networks in a connected, cohesive way linked to building and sharing capacity.