Using the Victorian Essential Learning Standards
The Victorian Essential Learning Standards provide a strong foundation for improving the learning of all students. They outline key principles that enable schools to provide enriching educational experiences for students while preparing them to live in an inclusive society that can meet modern and globalised demands.
The educational principles imply that schools are responsible for developing a wide range of appropriate teaching and learning strategies for all students. For schools, this means developing curriculum described in the Victorian Essential Learning Standards but tailored to individual circumstances.
The educational principles within the Standards also imply that schools, teachers and students have responsibility for ensuring student success in learning and can be applied when developing individual learning plans for students with disabilities. They provide a strong foundation for improving the learning of all students and a framework for integrating planning for students with disabilities into a whole school curriculum. Working within a whole school curriculum plan, a student’s program support group will decide how to meet learning standards for individual students.
The Victorian Essential Learning Standards are designed for all students. Programs for students with disabilities will be planned within the curriculum described in the standards.
For schools, this may mean examining:
- organisational structures
- relationships with parent/guardian/carer/s and the community
- curriculum design, delivery and adaptation
- available resources and expertise
- types of supports that are utilised
- links from the curriculum to the wider community.