Dear Parents and Carers
We are set to begin the class placement process in preparation for the 2024 school year. This is a lengthy and complex task involving teachers and the school leadership team to place each child in a learning environment that supports them to be successful.
Each year, class groupings are configured based on student enrolments across all year levels and as per the Department for Education’s policy and procedures.
At this stage of our planning we take our best estimate of how many students will be in each year level for next year, including our new intake of Reception students to start the year and, for the first time, a mid-year intake.
To support our planning, we would appreciate any families who will be leaving Craigburn at the end of the year to advise us as soon as possible. This does not include families of graduating year 6 students.
Straight / Composite Classes
Due to varied numbers across each year level, composite classes (split, multi-age) will be formed along with straight year levels. Composite classes are no different to straight year level classes where a range of student abilities and learning dispositions exist. Grouping students in mixed year levels is a practical necessity and in fact provides flexible options to place students who have differing maturity, social and learning needs.
Teachers work closely in professional learning teams to plan learning programs catering for a range of ages and abilities in every class, whether they are composite or straight.
Typically, there are changes to staffing each year. This may involve: new teachers arriving, teachers leaving, teachers returning from or taking leave, teachers increasing / decreasing their fraction of time, and teachers who may be teaching a different year level to their current one.
In 2024, a number of teachers will be working in part-time capacity where some classes will be shared over the school week by two teachers – this is referred to as ‘tandem teaching.’
In placing students in classes there are many factors to consider, including; learner achievement, the social and emotional needs of students, behaviour, gender, special needs and friendships.
Positive Learning Partners – Friendships
- Every effort is made to place students with at least one positive learning partner.
- Teachers will be inviting students to complete a confidential positive learning partner survey where they will be asked to list up to 5 students (positive learning partners) with whom they would like to learn alongside next year.
- Friendships often change for many students from year to year. Students are encouraged to develop new friendships each year, which is a life skill.
- In some cases, teachers find it advantageous for some students not to be placed together.
- Friendships across classes and year levels are supported and encouraged at play times. Good friendships thrive and grow in these times and beyond school times. Parents are well placed to support these friendships beyond the school day.
- Often a child placed with a ‘best friend’ will work and play exclusively with each other, which does not promote the social interaction we try to foster. Although friendships are an important consideration in the placement process the priority is to place each student in the best class group for their learning.
- As part of the process for establishing classes for 2024, parents and carers may wish to share any important information which they believe should be considered in the placement of their child/children. This should be information of which the school or current class teacher/s may not be aware.
- Please note, requests:
- for specific teachers will not be considered in the placement process.
- to not have a specific teacher will also not be considered.
- to be / not to be in a composite class will too, not be considered.
Class Placement – Parent Input Form
- To streamline parent input, a ‘Class Placement – Parent Input Form’ has been developed which can be accessed further below. Spare copies are available from the front office.
- Parents and carers may wish to provide information in the following areas:
- emotional, social and personal needs of your child
- specific learning needs
- positive learning friendships
- other confidential information which could have an impact on your child’s placement other than requesting a specific teacher, class structure.
- The ‘Class Placement – Parent Input Form’ must be completed and returned to the front office, marked ‘To the Principal – Confidential’ by no later than Friday 10th November. Information will only be considered if in writing and received by the due date.
- Current teachers will be viewing the parent input forms as part of the placement process.
- Teachers and leaders factor in their knowledge of each child and how they engage in learning and interact with others to make balanced placement decisions.
- We expect class placements to be completed by the end of Week 8, with placements shared with students and families in Week 9, when students will meet their new class and teacher on Wednesday 13 December.
- Staff members will not disclose the composition of proposed classes prior to this formal announcement.
Please rest assured, a great deal of thought, planning and time goes into forming new classes.
It is the responsibility of the Principal to make the final decision on class structures and the placement of students.
We respectfully ask that you trust us in making these important decisions.
Craigburn Leadership Team