Research shows that students need to gain a strong foundation of literacy skills, along with oral communication skills, diction and phonemic skills. Our school offers a structured, focused literacy program. Some classes will have 2 or 3 teachers/ support staff working with specific groups at any one time. Similar support is provided in numeracy.
Our support programs aim to:
- Develop each child at a physical, social, emotional and cognitive level.
- Enhance the confidence and self-esteem of all students, inclusive of all ability levels.
- Support effective and active engagement and participation in the curriculum.
- Maximize the learning potential of all students.
The outcomes of the Learning Support Programs are:
- The identification of students with additional learning needs through observation and communication with parents, teachers and DECD professionals eg guidance officers and or speech pathologists.
- Collaboration between parents, class teachers, para-professionals to ensure the setting of consistent objectives and plan for meeting student needs and implementing any recommendations which arise from testing.
- The monitoring of Special Needs students and open reporting to parents of development and achievement.
- The development of realistic and appropriate 'Negotiated Education Plans' written in conjunction with parents and class teachers designed specifically to cater for individual learning needs. (Reviewed annually / but written up formally at points of schooling transition).
- The provision of appropriate support (in-class or withdrawal groups) either individual or through small group work with SSOs (school support officers or Special Education or ESL teachers). For example Reading Recovery and Multi-Lit.
- Referral of students to appropriate external agencies, such as Occupational Therapy, CAMHS, Autism SA etc.