FLIP (Functional Literacy Intervention Program)
FLIP is an intervention program for Year 7 to Year 9 students, designed to improve the functional literacy of students who are struggling with basic literacy skills. Often, these literacy deficits adversely impact on all learning areas and individuals find it difficult to keep abreast with secondary school content and the increasing demands on their written skills and abilities. FLIP complements the current Learning Support Program and Enrichment Class structure and is offered to a select number of Year 7, 8 and 9 students who have been identified by the College as having significant literacy deficits.
FLIP is an intensive, remedial, intervention program designed to assist these students with the acquisition of basic and essential phonological awareness, phonemic awareness, phonics, spelling, reading, comprehension and written expression. It is a systematic, cognitive and multi-sensory approach that is evidence-based on Australian, British and New Zealand research and follows models of current and effective practice.
- Phase I of the program addresses difficulties in the areas of phonemic and phonological awareness, phonics and spelling.
- Phase II concentrates on improving reading fluency, rate and accuracy as well as more advanced spelling skills.
- Phase III aims to improve comprehension of the various text types that students encounter across their subjects, in addition to explicit grammar instruction and written expression skills.
Regular feedback and reporting takes place and each student’s progress is closely monitored and reported. For all students FLIP will be timetabled in place of a second language, and therefore occurs twice a week.
The Learning Support program caters for students who have been identified as having learning difficulties. These students may have been diagnosed with learning disabilities or may be experiencing learning difficulties for a variety of reasons, whether physical, intellectual, social or emotional. The primary aim of the program is to assist students in achieving to the best of their ability across the key learning areas. It also aims to prove each student’s self-efficacy and self-esteem.
Students receive intensive individual or small group assistance from Inclusive Education teachers that is specifically designed to cater for individual needs. General aspects of the program address elements such as, effective time-management; organisational skills; homework, study and research techniques; deconstructing and scaffolding of tasks; comprehension and composition of written material. A variety of other processes and strategies are employed to cater to students’ specific requirements.
The sessions are permanent, weekly timetabled sessions in place of an elective and cause minimal disruption to the student’s timetable.
The after-school Homework Club from Monday to Thursday also provides another opportunity for all students who require additional assistance with homework. Teachers from a variety of subject areas are available to specialised assistance at each session. Students are encouraged to attend on a regular basis, however it is not compulsory.