Innovative differentiation

Killarney Heights Public School showcases individualised and differentiated learning and teaching through quality instructional leadership.

Innovative differentiation in Mathematics at Killarney Heights Public School

Location: Tralee Ave, Killarney Heights

Level: Primary School, Kinder to Year 6

Enrolment: 691 students (68% of students live in a home where a language other than English is spoken)

The journey

Killarney Heights Public School is an inclusive primary school providing bilingual education for over 700 students in Northern Sydney. More than thirty languages are spoken by their families who come from more than forty ethnic backgrounds.

The school is committed to providing rich programs to develop skills in critical thinking, problem-solving, communication, collaboration, and technology to enable all students to reach their full potential academically, socially, and emotionally.

Their students excel in literacy and numeracy and achieve higher than expected growth on external performance measures. Their teachers have high expectations for all students and use best practice to achieve improved student performance and to cater for individual student needs.

They focus on improving outcomes for all students and are a leading school in differentiation. The school leadership team excels in demonstrating instructional leadership and promoting and modelling effective, evidence-based practice. Their teachers differentiate teaching and learning activities in both literacy and numeracy.

In Mathematics, they have introduced an approach where teachers are using pre- and post-testing as a diagnostic tool to determine students’ strengths and areas requiring support.

Teachers allocate fluid groupings, differentiate teaching, and monitor the effectiveness of teaching and learning programs. This individualised learning approach has been supported through demonstration lessons and ongoing professional learning.

Teachers have embraced this practice and they ensure that learning is adjusted, scaffolded and extended, catering for all students. The impact of this is that all students are demonstrating success in learning.

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