Thursday, 21 February 2008

Multidisciplinary support for students - a model for the future

In transforming the education service in the Cayman Islands the fundamental accepted belief is that students will be at the centre of the system and that all services should be designed to support all students achieving their potential. Therefore the strategic decision taken was to split the Cayman Islands into a series of 'Learning Communities' filled with support services to enhance student learning, support schools and reinforce the importance of the student.
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What has also happened is the creation of a number of teams of professional colleagues with a variety of different skills designed to work together for the first time from what was previously a series of unconnected services, all focused on helping students.
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The future plan is that, once the three new secondary campuses currently being built each in a different district of the country are completed, these teams will be based within the new campuses but also support the primary schools within their district. This will ensure real relationships developing with students, parents, teachers, schools and encourage a real focus on supporting learning!!
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The photograph above shows the "Western District' team including the Learning Community Leader (not shown), ICT technician, Educational Psychologist, Speech and Language Therapist, Occupational Health Therapist, Facilities Co-ordinator, Attendance Officer and Head of ICT Support Services. Whilst this is the first time that they have met as a team, everyone thought the meeting was incredibly useful and the start of real collaboration between a whole range of services - all designed to support students learning.
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This team approach, with a myriad of services all REALLY talking to each other, although in its early stages, could well become a really good model for the future in ensuring a joint multidisciplinary approach to supporting students!

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