Tools to support effective transition and differentiated learning
While it is likely the entire 2021 cohort may need universal support, with more of a focus on social and emotional development, vulnerable children may require a differentiated learning approach.
To identify children experiencing vulnerability you can use the (login required) which helps you to assess, plan and provide for their needs. Regional Health and Wellbeing key contacts can support schools to use the tool.
Once you’ve identified the children requiring differentiation, consider the options to best support them in your school’s local context. A child’s is an invaluable source of information and will assist you to plan for differentiated and continuity of learning.
Schools should consider using their equity funding to further support children from disadvantaged backgrounds. Equity funding is one of the tools schools can use to respond to the needs of their vulnerable cohorts. The funding can be used for social disadvantage, children with disabilities and for English as an Additional Language.
Schools can also pool this funding with other schools in their network to strengthen their response and strategies to deliver effective transitions during more challenging circumstances.
Supporting vulnerable cohorts
- assists schools to appropriately plan for children with a disability or developmental delay in their new learning environment.
- VCAA developed resource .
- can arrange for a Regional Koorie Engagement Support Officer to work with Koorie children and families.
- provides information and guidance on identifying and responding to child abuse.
- Section 3 of the provides further information on how to support specific cohorts.
- The VCAA’s link the learning and development outcomes of the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework to the F-2 levels of the Victorian Curriculum. The maps can help prep teachers better understand and build on the learning and development that has already occurred prior to children starting school.
- Using high impact teaching strategies or HITS can contribute to learning. There are ten instructional practices prep teachers can use, including one focused on differentiated teaching. The HITS guide is available on the Department’s website.
Assessments of learning and development
- assesses children’s English skills (reading, writing and speaking and listening). Schools are required to use this tool for each new prep cohort, usually during Term 1.
- assesses the mathematical understanding of children during the early years of school. Schools are encouraged to use this tool which can help teachers plan to meet children’s learning needs.
Other Department resources
For early childhood professionals
For school teachers
To access transition learning and development statements (TLDS) for students starting at your school through the Insight platform, refer to the VCAA website:
Reviewed 20 October 2020