Learning Support

December 12, 2013 0 Comments

science11The Grove recognises that children have different learning styles, strengths and abilities.  The school strives to enhance the social, emotional and academic needs of every child. The learning support team works alongside class teachers to provide opportunities for all children to experience success and aims to strengthen individual skills.  Support is continually reviewed to keep up with The Grove’s needs as well as to keep abreast of new trends in education.

The support team comprises four remedial teachers, a speech & language correctionist / FP language support teacher, an enrichment / IP language support teacher, a clinical social worker and a part-time occupational therapist.

The Individual Learner Support Team (ILST) meets weekly to discuss a child who needs additional support. This team decides on strategies that will best support the child and these recommendations are then discussed with the child’s parent/s. These may include class-based accommodations, remedial intervention, counselling, enrolment in the enrichment programme and/or referral to outside professionals such as educational psychologists, paediatricians, doctors, psychiatrists, occupational therapists and speech therapists.

In addition to planning specific, individual support, members of the support team meet each class teacher to discuss every child in their care. In this way, intervention is continually monitored and reviewed.

Learning support for difficulties in Literacy and Mathematics is offered in either class-based or pull-out groups in both the Foundation and Intermediate Phases. Two private remedial teachers use the school’s facilities to offer individual remedial support to children from all grades. Referral is managed by the ILST.

Language support is offered to those who experience difficulties with English, whether as a first or second language. Lessons are based on work being taught in the classroom, practising new vocabulary and academic language pertaining to class themes.

Speech correction for straightforward articulation errors is offered. Complicated difficulties are referred to private speech therapists.

Enrichment offers  children an opportunity for extension by exploring a range of subjects and themes outside the set curriculum.

Social work / counselling: The school social worker provides assistance in the prevention and solution of personal, social and emotional problems of children that involve family and school relationships when such problems have a bearing on the quality of the school work of the child.  These problems are brought to the attention of the counsellor, either by referral from the ILST or directly by the class teacher. Support can also be requested by a parent or a child directly.  An outside professional who is working with the family may also ask the school to assist.

The range of services provided by the school social worker/ counsellor is very wide and includes individual counselling to learners, mediation between learners and between parents (for parenting plans/ contact arrangements), parental guidance (for example about discipline issues) and support, short term couple counselling (if the relationship impacts on the child’s learning) and liaison with and referral to outside sources and professionals.

Inclusion in the above programmes is a carefully thought through process, case-dependent and made at the discretion of the teachers.

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