The Learning Support Teacher, a Literacy Assistant and six part time Teachers’ Aides provide scheduled learning support for students with special needs in mainstream classrooms and in the College’s Learning Support Centre. They also assist teachers and other students with reading skills analysis, assignment assistance, study skills advice andlesson work when small group or individual lesson assistance is needed. Individual intensive reading programs and small group specific reading comprehension, spelling and writing support programs are offered for students who are identified as needing this extra instruction and/ or remediation.
The Learning Support Teacher assists subject teachers adjust classwork and assessments for students in the junior years who have learning difficulties, and assists all teachers in the application of Special Provisions for these students, and eligible students who are undertaking Stage 6 courses.
The NSW Board of Studies has Life Skills Curricula for students who are not able to access the mainstream School Certificate and Higher School Certificate course outcomes.
Students who are enrolled in the Life Skills courses are usually integrated in mainstream classes where they are given extra learning support. Some of their subjects are taught separately in the Learning Support Centre when this provides the optimal learning environment. The Learning Support Teacher is responsible for teaching the Stage 6 Life Skills subjects “Civics and Society” and “Work and the Community”, and assisting thestudents doing these courses with their work placements and TAFE studies.
The Learning Support Centre has resources for parents and for teachers about disabling physical, and psychological conditions and their impact on learning ,and about strategies for assisting them. For each student who has a disability an Individual Education Plan is written following meetings of teachers and parents with the Learning Support Teacher and Catholic Education Regional and Diocesan advisers. These plans list the adjustments to be made for the student and the focus areas being addressed ; they also indicate the roles of the classroom teachers, Learning Support Teacher, the Teachers’ Aides and the parents/carers in the goals of the plan. The Individual Education Plans and supporting documentation form the basis of funding applications for learning support for students with disabilities.
Specialist learning support is provided by the Indigenous Education Worker, the Counsellor, and the Literacy and Numeracy Coordinators.