- Tuesday, 24 October 2023 at 10:00 pm
The hub is an initiative of the $1.6 billion Disability Inclusion reform. It provides teacher resources to support diverse learners, including students with learning difficulties such as dyslexia.
Hub resources include strategies, tools and information to boost your knowledge and skills and help your students reach their goals.
Diverse learners include students with characteristics associated with autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and learning difficulties such as dyslexia and dyscalculia.
According to Auspeld’s 2019 Understanding Learning Difficulties: A Practical Guide, on average, there are 4 or 5 diverse learners in every mainstream classroom.
What is the difference between a learning difficulty or disability?
‘Learning difficulty’ is an umbrella term to describe difficulty some students experience with learning because of a variety of reasons, such as disability, illness or living in out-of-home care.
Students with a learning difficulty may be unable to access the curriculum through high-quality instruction alone. However, with tailored support, these students can close the gap between themselves and their peers.
For teachers, understanding why a student may be experiencing difficulties while learning is an important first step to help them access the curriculum.
Learning disabilities are a subset of learning difficulties and are classified as congenital, neurological differences, which include specific learning disabilities, such as dyslexia and dyscalculia.
What is dyslexia?
Central features of dyslexia include difficulties with accurate or fluent word decoding, reading and spelling. These difficulties persist as dyslexia is a lifelong condition. However, students with dyslexia can learn to read with fluency and accuracy given intensive, evidence-based intervention over extended periods.
Support on offer at the hub
The Diverse Learners Hub includes guidance on how to identify and support students who have learning difficulties in literacy. The hub includes a regional coaching workforce who can support school leaders to embed inclusive practices for diverse learners in their schools.
The hub also provides resources on Supporting students with language difficulties. The guidance and resources will help all students develop language skills and are essential for students with language and learning difficulties.
Language skills are critical to all areas of student learning and wellbeing.
Teachers from Victorian government schools can access free professional learning, including:
- the Learning difficulties in literacy video series
- Inclusive Classrooms professional learning program, including supporting students with dyslexia, dyscalculia and oral language difficulties.
If you are a teacher in a mainstream Victorian school, you can also apply for the Graduate Certificate in Education (Learning Difficulties).
Applications for Round 3 of this tertiary study program open on Monday 5 February 2024.
Video case studies
The hub has produced a series of case studies, featuring schools that have exemplary practices in supporting diverse learners. Check out the case studies to learn about how:
- Bentleigh West Primary School uses evidence-informed best practice instruction to support students with learning difficulties.
- Roxburgh College supports students with language difficulties.
Find out more
For more information, refer to:
- Diverse Learners Hub
- Learning difficulties in Literacy
- Learning Difficulties in Literacy Information Guide.
For further enquiries, contact Grant McKell, manager, Diverse Learners Hub, Inclusive Education Division:
- phone: 03 7022 0221
- email: email@example.com