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Diverse Learning Needs

At St Clare's, we aim to cater for all students’ strengths and interests, and bring out the best in each individual. This is done in many areas and with a variety of learning experiences.


Personalised plans are written by classroom teachers in consultation with parents or carers for students with diagnosed or imputed disability. These plans aim to ensure that all students can engage in school life and learning on the same basis as their peers.

Scheduled meetings occur between the school and parents twice a year to ensure that personalised plans and goals are up to date.


Gifted Education is a shared responsibility between the school, home and parish. Giftedness is the possession of natural abilities at levels significantly beyond what might be expected for one’s age; that is, giftedness is outstanding potential that may or may not yet be evident in outstanding performance. Talent is the achievement or performance of one or more systematically developed skills at a level significantly beyond what might be expected for one’s age.

At St Clare’s each student in Year 2 and any new student to the school undertakes the ACER General Abilities Test which provides an estimate of a students general reasoning ability.

Teachers may devise specific Individual Plans for students who have been formally assessed as Gifted. This may include: 

  • differentiation within the classroom
  • opportunities for growth outside the classroom
  • a variety of grouping strategies
  • modified reporting procedures

For more information, view our CEDoW Diverse Learning Needs Policy