Students At Educational Risk

Doubleview Primary School recognises the scope and nature of the challenges faced by students at educational risk, their parents and teachers. The purpose of this policy is therefore to establish school practices, which support students at educational risk to develop the understandings, skills, and confidence to achieve their individual potential.

Students at educational risk are: “those students who may be at risk of not achieving the major learning outcomes of schooling to levels which enable them to achieve their potential.”

Students at educational risk may be characterised as students:

  • who are at risk of not achieving the outcomes described in the Curriculum Framework
  • whose achievement level, rate of progress or behaviour differs noticeably from past performances and/or that of his/her peers
  • who are under-performing
  • who are not engaged in their schooling.

Primary Extension and Challenge – Gifted and Talented

Primary Extension and Challenge (PEAC) is a part-time program for public school children in Years 5 and 6. Children are tested in Year 4 and are selected to participate in a range of innovative and challenging programs offered in a variety of ways. Children are withdrawn from regular class to attend PEAC programs.

PEAC programs offer children:

  • the opportunity to socially interact with other gifted and talented children
  • an intellectually rigorous and challenging program
  • opportunities to interact with practising experts
  • the opportunity to develop higher order process skills and in-depth investigation skills
  • the opportunity to work on open-ended activities which encourage choice and negotiation
  • self/peer evaluation and reflection of performance.

Early Years Extension Program

The Early Extension Program has been designed to provide students with “rigorous, relevant and engaging learning opportunities drawn from the Australian Curriculum and aligned with their individual learning needs, strengths, interests and goals.” ACARA 2013 It seeks to tap into students’ natural curiosity, encourage open-ended questioning and stimulate thoughtful discussion and reasoning; using Philosopy for Children & Habits of the Mind.

Please contact the school for further information.