The Learning Support Programme assists students who have weaknesses in one or more learning areas. These students may have mild learning difficulties - e.g. comprehension, spelling or sentence construction - gaps in education caused by disruptive schooling or learning differences, or mild emotional disturbances.
Students in Learning Support are integrated as much as possible with their peers. In-class assistance is offered to students and/or withdrawal based Learning Support. Students receive one-on-one support or are taught in small groups.
The Multinational School provides IEPs (Individual Education Plans), which are differentiated to suit the needs of each student. In Learning Support, the students work towards the goals of their IEPs as well as building the fundamental literacy, numeracy and study skills required to cope with mainstream subjects. Learning Support classes help students by using a modified curriculum, which is designed to meet Learning Support targets, enabling the students to cope with their class work.
By ascertaining students' learning difficulties and supplying realistic goals, supported by individually tailored learning strategies, Learning Support students are able to manage the mainstream Programme and improve their general language, numeracy and study skills simultaneously. Learning Support serves students from Year 1 through to year 8.
Typical role of the Learning Support Assistant
• Attending to the pupil's individual needs and implementing related personal programmes.
• Assisting with the development and implementation of IEPs.
• Assist in preparation of the unit being taught
• Assistance through narration, explanation, demonstration, etc.
• Organisation of material and equipment for the lesson
• Using teaching aids, hands on activities, questioning techniques etc.
• Promoting the inclusion and acceptance of all pupils within the classroom.
• Establishing purposeful working relationships with pupils.
• Promoting the independence and employing strategies to recognise and reward achievement of self-reliance.
• Providing effective feedback to pupils in relation to programmes and rewarding and rewarding achievement.
Learning Support Policy
Educational Programmes are guided by the following principles:
• All students have the basic right to a quality education that meets their needs.
• All students have the right to an education in the least restrictive environment.
• All students can learn and be taught.
• All students benefit from teaching practices that are inclusive of the needs of every student.
• Educational planning requires an active partnership between the school, parents, the student and relevant professional support staff and organisations.
• Students will receive resources and support based on identified educational needs rather than a category of disability.
• All students will have involvement in the mainstream school activities where possible.
Learning Support Criteria
Students who are in mainstream classes will be eligible for support from the Learning Support Department if they meet one or more of the following criteria:
• Applicants must undertake a Learning Support Assessment to determine the students individual needs;
• The student is one or more academic year levels below the standard expected for their academic year group in two or more key learning areas identified by the Curriculum and Standards Framework;
• The student demonstrates behaviours that are disruptive to his/her learning. For example: a short attention span or social exclusion.
Students will not be eligible for Learning Support purely for behavioural disturbance.
The classroom teacher, year coordinator and school principal will deal with purely behavioural issues.
Assessment of students referred to Learning Support
- We start assessing students (internal and external) that are newley referred to us in September.
- We do not assess the already existing Learning Support students at the beginning of the year.
Assessment of MNS-R students already on the Learning Support register
- We assess all our Learning Support students every semester. The parents receive Semester Reports and Semester Assessment Reports at the end of every semester.
We find out about the progress the Learning Support students have made through the following process:
- Observations in their mainstream classess.
- Observations in Learning Support class rooms during the lessons when they are withdrawn from mainstream classes to Learning Support in order to work on their individualised programmes.
- Regular meetings with their Learning Support assistants, LS teachers and their class teachers.
- Monthly feedback from their LS assistants and LS teachers.
- Standardised tests are used to monitor academic progress made by finding out their reading age, spelling age, writing level and math level.
All of the above stated findings are included in our reports sent to the parents of our Learning Support students at the end of every semester.