Full course description
An Individualised Education Program is a written plan outlining a student’s current levels of performance and planning for their next stage of learning.
Have you have been asked to contribute to the preparation of an Individual Education Program for a student you teach and you are not sure what should be included in the program? In this one day seminar you learn about the different elements to such a program and how vital a well prepared program will be to the achievement of the student.
An effective IEP is based on data that identifies where a student is currently performing and what they need to learn and do next. For some students, there may be a greater emphasis placed on the essential skills of Literacy, Numeracy and Personal and Social capability. For other students, an IEP can document their advanced learning goals.
IEPs should contain high expectations of each student’s learning and specify individualised attention and support. The IEP can direct the adjustments made by their class or subject teacher, as well as the support to be provided by intervention teachers or learning assistants.
A team approach is critical to the develop of an IEP and the team should meet regularly to review and revise the plan according to the identified needs of the student. Effective IEPs incorporate SMART goals and allow for student progress to be regularly and accurately monitored. While teachers assess every student’s progress through the curriculum in relation to the achievement standards, for some students their progress may be assessed in relation to their individual learning goals as articulated in an IEP
An Individual Education Program is a term used to describe a variety of documents that are prepared for students with individual needs. To be truly beneficial to the student there are some essential elements to such a program both at the preparation stage and the implementation stage.
- an understanding of what an IEP is
- an understanding of the essential elements of an IEP
- a knowledge of the legal implications of IEPs
- a knowledge of how to write an IEP
- discussion of case studies
- practice at writing and refining IEPs.
Liz Riley has a career spanning over forty years in education, working in the areas of mainstream teaching, special education, inclusion and diversity, as well as school improvement and teacher capacity building. Liz has taught at primary, secondary and tertiary levels, within Catholic, Independent and government schools in Victoria.
Liz currently works as a private educational consultant offering professional service and support to schools, including reviews of Individual Needs Departments and personalised Professional Learning programs, as well as providing assessment and program development for individual and cohorts of students.