The study of English is central to the learning and development of all young Australians. It helps create confident communicators, imaginative thinkers and informed citizens. It is through the study of English that individuals learn to analyse, understand, communicate with and build relationships with others and with the world around them. The study of English helps young people develop the knowledge and skills needed for education, training and the workplace. It helps them become ethical, thoughtful, informed and active members of society.
School Curriculum and Standards Authority
The English program at Port School is built upon and aligns with the School Curriculum and Standards Authority (SCSA), as do the assessing and reporting principles. What makes the Port experience different for its students is the use of Individualised Education Plans (IEP). We realise that student’s educational needs are unique and require a focus and approach targeting specific areas; closing educational gaps and building the foundations of good literacy skills. This individually driven approach is highly effective not only because our program is student-centric but it also allows the student to set realistic short and long-term academic goals. Goals that are self paced, rather than the all-inclusive approach seen in mainstream schools where many students may fall behind, as they cannot grasp fundamental concepts. This is due to the curriculum being designed for the group and not the individual and is therefore delivered at a much faster pace. The IEP process ensures there is an increased appreciation for individuals’ differences, more support in the classroom is provided via Education Assistants, as well as more opportunities for the use of various educational resources. Overall, the IEP process ensures best practice within the classroom, and the assurance that the student’s educational needs are being met.
The English program at Port School focuses on building the student’s confidence and on facilitating their achievements in the four core skills of English – reading, writing, speaking and listening. It aims to instil in our students the Western Australian values of schooling – respect and concern for others and their rights, pursuit of knowledge and commitment to achievement of potential, self-acceptance and respect of self, social and civic responsibility and environmental responsibility. Our core objective is creating vibrant young adults who engage in our world with confidence, becoming effective members of society and realising their potential and value.