Supporting our staff
There is a whole school approach to the professional learning of staff with a central focus on building the capacity of staff to address the needs of students who have English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EAL/D), using the Department's Aboriginal Literacy Strategy (ALS) as the framework. There is also a focus on developing a common set of strategies, and shared language, to manage students in classrooms and to expand the range of effective classroom practices. This is based on the Department of Education-endorsed Classroom Management Strategies (CMS) and Instructional Strategies (IS) programs. All new staff will be provided induction in these programs.
Staff members are also encouraged to participate in, and develop a deeper understanding of the language and culture of the Lands. At the start of the year all staff attended a two-day induction that included visits with local anthropologists and Elders to special sites. Staff members have also participated in organised Ngaanyatjarra language sessions. This will be a continuing feature of teaching in the school.
The school also employs a campus support team of curriculum coordinators who specialise in the early years, middle years and secondary years as well specialists in EAL/D, The Arts and senior secondary courses. These staff members visit all campuses to support and work alongside teaching staff. The school is in the process of writing a curriculum based on the WA Curriculum Framework and the emerging Australian Curriculum and tailored to meet the needs of Ngaanyatjarra students.
Owing to the remoteness and the time taken to travel in and out of the Lands professional learning occurs within the Lands. The school runs a full professional learning program that is current and relevant to the needs of teachers based on visits by invited specialists.
Several staff members are currently pursuing postgraduate studies. The school encourages staff members who are inclined to undertake formal study.