We are not a school and we don’t have classrooms but our teachers work very hard to support the right of every child to access a quality education wherever they are.
The way we do this is by providing learning opportunities for children and young people at The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH). Children and young people who range in age from three to nineteen who are identified as ‘priority patients’ – that is children with chronic health conditions and/or children who have prolonged stays in hospital – are offered personalised teaching support to ensure that they remain engaged with learning.
Our teaching and learning program is based on sound education principles and proven methods of engaging students in learning. Our teachers personalise learning by developing an Individual Learning Plan. This plan documents learning goals and achievements and informs the learning that takes place in every teaching session provided by a teacher at the RCH. It also means that we can match teacher expertise to specific student needs.
Individual and group learning sessions take place in a range of areas throughout the hospital and our teachers are very skilled at using the hospital environment as a teaching tool.
We work with a young person’s regular school or kindergarten to bridge the gap between time spent in hospital and the return to school. Added to this, our teachers collaborate with kindergartens, schools and hospital teams to develop Student Health Support Plans and to provide specialist educational advice in certain outpatient clinics and to health services across the state to ensure the learning needs of young people are valued and supported within a health setting.
Watch this clip which captures some of the amazing things that RCH teachers ‘do’.