Use of Learning Support Tools (LSTs)

Learning Support

Last modified 12/1/2011

Due for review: 2013

Aim

This policy has been designed to provide operating principles for consideration and approval of the use of Learning Support Tools (LSTs) such as laptop computers, ipads, recording of lessons and alpha-smart devices are under consideration.


Rationale

The Bible's teaching is very clear on our need to act with justice and equity. In a school context, it is too easy to assume that this means that every student should be treated in the same way. This is not the case. God has made us all different, with different gifts and different needs. Justice that aligns with Biblical teaching is a justice that seeks to treat everyone in way that is best for them. This means that a strategy, allowance, support or intervention that is right and proper for one person may not be available to another.

This principle translates into the practice where a student's needs and possible interventions are considered without simply following precedents that are assumed to have been set in the past. If sound decisions are to be made using this approach, it is important that the School have access to accurate, professional and current information to inform the process, and that parents play an active role in the partnership of carers that makes any decisions.

Procedure
 

  1. Students who are identified as possibly requiring LSTs may be identified by parents or the School's staff. Parents and the relevant staff (may include, but not be limited to the Classroom Teacher, Special Education teacher, Year Advisor, Assistant Principal and Principal) meet to discuss the need and possible intervention and the consequences of such intervention to both the student involved and others in the School community.

  2. An Intervention Team for that student is established. The Intervention Team must contain at least one of that student's parents (or primary care givers) plus staff appointed by the School.

  3. The Intervention Team is to:

    1. Investigate the alternative options available

    2. Investigate the advantages, disadvantages and costs of the preferred options

    3. Give due consideration to the impact any recommended intervention might have on the class

    4. Ensure that due consideration is given to implications for external assessment programs etc

    5. Make a recommendation

  4. The School executive may approve the recommendation, reject it or ask for further information

  5. The Intervention team consult (either face to face or electronically) 1 month after the initiation of the LST and once a term to review the student's progress.

  6. Should the tool be abused in any way (i.e. the student uses a laptop for unauthorised purposes such as game playing or instant messaging), the allowance to use the tool may be limited or removed for a period of time at the School's absolute discretion.


 

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