Special Programs

Intensive English Language Program (IELP)

Richmond Primary Intensive English Language Program (IELP) provides intensive English language support for newly arrived students from 5 to 12 years of age. Students with a language and cultural background other than English who have limited or minimal English are eligible to enrol within their first 12 – 18 months of arrival. Children with minimal English who are outside the above criteria may be eligible to enrol in IELC if approved by the IELP Program Manager.

Students generally stay in the IELP for up to 1 year, or longer if needed. Interpreters, Bilingual School Services Officers (BSSOs) and Community Liaison Officers (CLOs) are also available to support families and students.

Classes are small and organised by age. Students access a modified curriculum focussing on learning English as well as the core content of each curriculum area. Students are supported to integrate into mainstream classes through a variety of activities within the school and local community, including excursions and social events. Continuous assessments are undertaken and parents are advised when their children are ready to leave IELP to join mainstream classes.  When students exit IELP, a Transition Program is organised so students can successfully continue their education in their chosen mainstream school with ease.

Transport assistance is provided for eligible IELP students who are under 10 years of age and live more than 1.75 kilometres from the school.

Further information can be found on the DECD website at:


or please contact Thuy Pham, IELP Assistant Principal, at Richmond Primary school for further information.

Speech & Language Class

Richmond Primary School hosts a Speech & Language class which is part of a state-wide facility that caters for students who experience language delays and/or speech difficulty.

In a small class of eight junior primary students aged between five and eight years, students are supported to develop communication skills by the teacher, School Services Officer and speech pathologist. The class follows a Junior Primary program with a strong language focus, particularly in oral language.

There are 5 other classes across the metropolitan area. To meet eligibility criteria, hearing and cognitive skills must be within average range. The class does not cater for students whose learning needs are associated with global developmental delay, intellectual disability or an identifiable syndrome or disorder. Eligible students are already on a Negotiated Education Plan and meet strict eligibility criteria, which informs selection by a panel process. More information about the selection process can be found at:


After completion of the program at the end of Year 2, students are supported to successfully continue their education at their local school.


All of our Year 5, 6 and 7 students have the opportunity to join our school choir and a majority of these students perform at the Festival of Music each year.  For more information http://www.festivalofmusic.org.au/.

Instrumental Music Program Year 5/6/7

Weekly instrumental lessons are provided to all of our Year 5 students. Many other opportunities exist for our senior students to participate in our school bands.


Intervention is highly valued at Richmond Primary.

Students who require intervention in literacy and numeracy are identified through a variety of internal and external assessments and through collaborative planning meetings with class teachers, the literacy co-ordinator and the learning support teacher. Reading intervention focuses on improving reading skills across a range of learning areas. LLI (Levelled Literacy Intervention) plays an integral role in providing this intervention as well as small groups withdrawn for subject specific reading support. The literacy co-ordinator, learning support teacher and trained SSOs deliver the literacy intervention programs. Students who are not yet at a level of reading where they could benefit from the LLI program are systematically and explicitly taught pre-reading phonological and alphabetic skills by the learning support teacher.

Numeracy intervention focuses on improving basic number facts through the Quicksmart program for years 4-7 and the Too Smart program for years 1-3. These programs are delivered by trained SSOs.

Students who are identified as requiring an NEP (Negotiated Education Plan) work on individual goals within the classroom and in small withdrawal groups. Class teachers and the learning support teacher meet regularly with parents to discuss and review NEP goals.