Identifying Individual Student Needs

Asthma Australia aims to identify and respond to the learning needs of all students. It is our intention that all trainers are to identify, at the start of training, the learning and assessment needs of their students.

From the point of enrolment, Asthma Australia will undertake a skills and capability assessment via a student self-assessment accompanying the pre-enrolment information. These conversations are aimed at determining if support is needed in any of the following:

  • —Language, literacy or numeracy
  • —Disability support
  • —Mental health issues
  • —Negative educational experiences resulting in a reluctance to engage in new learning
  • —Language barriers

Students should express their views about their learning needs at all stages of their learning experience. We want to help students to identify their learning needs through the induction procedure, Student Feedback Forms, email surveys, trainer discussion and an open invitation to approach staff with suggestions at any stage.

Reasonable Adjustments

Reasonable adjustment refers to flexibility in assessment approaches to account for individual learning needs, while still adhering to the assessment requirements of the relevant training package or VET accredited course. Whilst reasonable adjustments can be made in terms of the way in which evidence of performance is gathered, the evidence criteria for making competent/not yet competent decisions should not be altered in any way.

If a student meets essential entry requirements, the RTO must endeavour to make ‘reasonable adjustments’ necessary for them to complete their course work or demonstrate competency. This may include adjusting the physical environment, student learning materials or the manner that a theory test is completed.

Adjustments may include:

  • —Modifying educational premises. For example, making ramps, modifying toilets and ensuring that classes are in rooms accessible to the person with a disability.
  • —Modifying or providing equipment. For example, lowering lab benches, enlarging computer screens, providing specific computer software or an audio loop system.
  • —Changing assessment procedures. For example, allowing for alternative examination methods such as oral exams, or allowing additional time for someone else to write an exam for a person with a disability.
  • —Changing course delivery. For example, providing study notes or research materials in different formats or providing a sign language interpreter for a deaf person.

Please note that in some Training Packages, first aid training for example, there are mandatory skills that cannot be modified as a reasonable adjustment. The student is required to complete 2 minutes of adult CPR on a manikin on the floor. There is no room for reasonable adjustment as it is stated what is required in the Training Package.