The Aims of the Learning Support Department
- To support the creation of a learning environment that meets the educational needs of each student
- To promote differentiated learning in all types of events across the entire curriculum
- To ensure that the learning needs of students are identified, assessed and provided
- To identify and coordinate support for students who have exceptional learning abilities
- To identify the roles and responsibilities of staff in providing for students’ learning needs
- To ensure regular consultation with parents regarding their child’s learning difficulties
- To fully integrate LS students back into mainstream classes wherever appropriate
The nature of support varies depending on the needs of the child. We do not favour close individual supervision because it is important that the student integrates with their group. The long-term aim for students is to maximise their ability to work independently. Therefore, any support for students is provided in-class wherever possible. When necessary, some withdrawal from lessons may occur as part of a structured programme.
Partnership with Parents
The school works closely with parents to support the students. We encourage an active partnership through dialogue with parents. Suggestions on ways to help their children are made to parents on the IEP. For students entering the school who are receiving or have received Learning Support previously, the Department will liaise with the student’s current or previous school. Parents are encouraged to attend Parent Teacher Conferences which occur twice per year to maintain communication regarding their child’s progress. For local Primary feeder schools, the Department will meet with school staff, parents and students before entry, which is usually the third term of Year 6.