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Richmond Primary School Richmond Primary School

Intensive English Language Centre (IELC)

Richmond Primary Intensive English Language Centre (IELC) 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 IELC Program Manager.

Students generally stay in the IELC 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 IELC to join mainstream classes. When students exit IELC, 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 IELC 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 the IELC Assistant Principal at Richmond Primary School.