The Office of Multicultural Interests (OMI) provides support to eligible not-for-profit community organisations to teach languages other than English for students from Kindergarten to Year 12 out of school hours.
Community Languages Western Australia Inc. facilitates the State Government’s Community Languages Schools sector support program, including oversight of the Pathways to Improvement Program (PIP), and the Professional Learning Program (PLP).
PIP supports the development of community language schools through an assessment and evaluation process. It provides community language schools with tools to assess their effectiveness and progress towards best practice in the management and delivery of community language learning.
• four stages of development that reflect how community language schools operate
• standards and domains that describe school effectiveness and progress
• information and tools that measure effectiveness and progress, identify areas for improvement, and support schools on their development pathway to improved programs
Four stages of the PIP are Stage 1 – Registration, Stage 2 – Preliminary, Stage 3 – Competent to be accredited and Stage 4 – Competent to teach ATAR courses.
To be eligible to apply for Per Capita Grant funding from the Office of Multicultural Interests, community languages schools must have achieved Stage 1 – PIP Registration. Together with North Tamil School we achieved Stage 1 – Registration in 2019.
We are successfully progressing to achieve all four stages.
The School Curriculum and Standards Authority (the Authority) accesses a number of language courses from other states through processes established as part of the Collaborative Curriculum and Assessment Framework for Languages (CCAFL) or through arrangements made with individual states.
Students can study Interstate Languages courses through a community language school or as part of a school program. These courses are available to students in Year 11 and Year 12.
In addition, Year 12 students can register with the Authority, through their main school, to sit only the external examination in an Interstate Language as a non-school candidate, provided they sit external examinations in at least three other ATAR courses in the same year, so that the language examination mark can be scaled. The mark of the external examination can contribute towards the calculation of the student’s ATAR used for university entrance.