Learning Support

Learning Support

Support Team at The Grove

The 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.

Learning Support Team meets weekly to discuss children who need additional support. This team decides on strategies that will best support each 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.

What We Offer

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Remedial Teaching

Remedial teaching: Two private teachers use the school’s facilities to offer individual remedial support to children from all grades. In addition, two teachers employed by the school offer either class-based or pull-out groups in both the Foundation and Intermediate Phases.

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Language Support: Intermediate Phase

Language support in the Intermediate Phase is offered to those who experience difficulties with comprehension and language skills. Lessons are based on work being taught in the classroom, practising new vocabulary and academic language pertaining to class themes.

Speech and Language Support: Foundation Phase

The Speech-Language Therapist offers support to the Foundation Phase in the following areas: common articulation error correction, language support for those children who experience difficulties with written and spoken English (either as mother tongue or multilingual learners), and phonics support. This support is offered in pull-out groups and whole class support. 

 

Enrichment

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

Social Work

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.

Assistance

Concerns brought to the attention of the counsellor, either by referral from the Learning Support Teacher 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 is made at the discretion of the teachers.