CLASSROOM FORMATION POLICY
A clearly defined, collaborative process for the placement of children into classes will lead to greater efficiency, increased understanding and improved opportunities for learning.Aim:
- To have one of the most effective teaching environment by providing one of the lowest teacher to student ratio (maximum 1 teacher to 8 students).
- To provide each child with the opportunity to be part of a class of children that will allow them the best opportunity to learn.
- To form well balanced classes of children that take into account the social, motional, academic and physical characteristics of each child.
While the allocation of children to various classes, class structures and class compositions are all ultimately responsibilities of the Principal, a collaborative process that includes the class teachers and on occasions, parents of some students.
The process of forming classes will take place in Week 1 of Term 1.
The Principal, in consultation with the staff and after considering student numbers, will determine the number of classes for the current school year, class sizes and grade levels of each class. Every effort will be made to ensure that student numbers in each class remain low, subject to enrolments and staff availability.
Consideration will be given to gender, the previous class, each child’s ability, behaviour, friendship groups and teacher characteristics. Individual needs and a whole school perspective must be considered.
Whereas possible, composite classes will be established for students whose linguistic ability prevents them from attending the next level.
The student can be enrolled into the Kindergarten class only if he/she attends Australian Kindergarten.
Parental concerns regarding placement must be directed to the Principal.
All policies are also available in PDF format as part of Parent’s Handbook.