Allambi Care files plans for special assistance high school in West Wallsend | Newcastle Herald



Plans have been filed for a new educational facility to help children not engaged in mainstream education get into school. Allambi Care has asked the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) to change the use of its Clyde Inn premises in West Wallsend from a community facility to a special assistance high school. He is also seeking accreditation from the NSW Education Standards Authority for the space. The DPIE put the school plans on public display. The school will be used to continue a current program that Allambi runs, called Learning Without Walls, which helps disadvantaged children return to school. Documents filed with the DPIE indicate that the school is in response to “the growing number of young people placed outside their homes, who are disengaged or excluded from mainstream and alternative school options” and will specialize in the education of disadvantaged children and / or trauma. IN THE NEWS: “Many of the people we care for are waiting for specialist courses in mainstream institutions … whether because of their disability or background, there are options for them, but many of them are waiting. sometimes these opportunities ”Allambi Care CEO Simon Walsh said. “Sometimes we take care of children who come from outside the area, and it’s about making sure they feel safe and can fit into a school environment so that they can succeed. ” “The work we do is not funded,” added Mark Said, Director of Organizational Development at Allambi Care. “Part of the purpose of the formal registration and accreditation process is to get some kind of funding to continue what we do, which is to support some of the most vulnerable young people in the community. “This will ensure the longevity and sustainability of the program.” “Mr Walsh said the program was born after Allambi recognized a” gap “. “We weren’t employing teachers at this point, but we found ourselves able to support the children’s learning experience,” he said. “We have invested in some teachers and have seen incredible improvements in children’s confidence and willingness to engage as well as in their grades.” While the West Wallsend site will become the operational base of the program, a satellite school will continue to operate throughout Newcastle and Lake Macquarie. Operating during school hours, it is expected that there will be an enrollment capacity of 20 with around five to 10 children on site at all times. Students are generally taken care of by Allambi and will go to school with their guide. “We still have a way to go before we get accreditation for the Learning Without Walls program, however by applying to DPIE for Change of Premises use it brings us closer to a fully accredited educational program,” said Mr. Walsh. “We are not trying to reinvent what already exists in the community, it is about leaving no child behind.”



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