Churchlands Primary School

CLASSROOM PLACEMENT POLICY
Policy and Procedures
 
 
 
PURPOSE
 
At Churchlands Primary School classes are to be formed in such a way as to best meet the needs of the students within the constraints of the resources provided.
 
RATIONALE
 
Individual class placements can have significant effects on a student’s attainments and must be based on professional judgements about the student’s educational needs, circumstances and interests.
 
PROCESS
 
  • The Administration team establishes structure options for the following year based upon anticipated enrolments, historical data and the need for flexibility.
  • The Principal advises parents, via the school newsletter, that student placements are being considered for the following year.
  • Parents are invited to submit written inputs with respect to class placements. The submissions must be based on educational reasons, addressed to “The Principal” and marked “Confidential”.
  • All written parent submissions will be given consideration but will not automatically be accommodated.
  • The staff members, currently teaching particular cohorts, confer regarding placements for the following year taking into consideration the criteria listed below: -
 

Forming two or more classes from one cohort

 
  • Classes are to be homogeneous with respect to academic performance, social development, behaviour and gender balance.
  • Social network.
  • Special needs such as twins and family situation
  • School Psychologist recommendations.
  • Written parent submissions regarding a student’s educational needs.
 

Forming a Multi-Aged Group (MAG)

 
  • Academic performance.
  • Behaviour.
  • Social development.
  • Social network.
  • Previous class placements.
  • Special needs such as twins and family situation
  • School Psychologist recommendations.
  • Written parent submissions regarding a student’s educational needs.
 
  • Lists will be submitted to the Principal for final ratification.
  • Lists to be published and displayed in a central position prior to students completing the school year.
 
Formation of classes in the new school year will remain as published subject to exceptional circumstance, i.e. significant increase in overall school population or within individual cohorts. In the advent of any alteration all relevant parties will be notified prior to any change.
 
DISPUTES
 
Parents or guardians will be instructed to direct all concerns to the Principal regarding individual class placement. However, given the process as outlined is adhered to, alterations to class lists will only be considered in extreme cases with mitigating circumstances.
 
 
 
Reviewed October 2014