Our commitment to knowing each boy and his learning needs, coupled with our extensive access and use of various data and student tracking tools, allows us to quickly identify students who need extra support or challenges to enhance their learning.
Gifted Education Program
We understand that gifted students require different opportunities to ensure that their intellectual, social and emotional needs are being meet. Therefore, BBC staff have established an evidence-based model for the educational provision of our gifted students.
BBC’s Gifted Education Program responds to the diverse learning needs of our gifted students by implementing opportunities specifically designed to nurture their academic talents and further develop their skills through excursions, extension groups and participation in state and national competitions. This sits alongside the engagement and differentiation that our classroom teachers deliver on a daily basis.
Some examples of out-of-class enrichment opportunities offered include Opti-minds, da Vinci Decathlon, Future Problem Solving Program, Maths Olympiads and ICAS Mathematics, English and Science competitions.
Learning Support and the MAP Centre
There are many ways to reach a destination and our job is to support students who travel a different path. Working in collaboration with external professionals, including speech pathologists, educational psychologists and advisory visiting teachers, and drawing upon expert advice from current staff members, students are provided with strategies and resources to succeed in the classroom.
Our MAP Centre is home to our specialist on-site Learning Support Team which provides expert and on-going support to boys with learning or behavioural difficulties and physical disabilities, along with their teachers and parents. The BBC Learning Support Program prides itself on highly qualified staff with extensive experience to help deliver these services.
Support services are underpinned by the processes of identification, monitoring, programming, in-service and communication.
Technology for Independence Program
The MAP Centre seeks to teach students how to take responsibility for engaging in their own learning. To encourage students to plan, create and publish their ideas in a ‘real world’ way, the centre developed a forward-thinking Technology for Independence (TFI) program that aims to empower students to ‘show what they know’.
Working with each boy, MAP Centre staff explore various software applications with boys and then create an individualised toolkit. The innovative program has been successful in increasing boys’ independence in their learning, enhancing their learning outcomes and helping them to achieve their academic potential.