The purpose of Learning Support and Learning Enrichment is to support students by developing partnerships that are collaborative in nature. These areas are focused on making a commitment to develop and implement effective teaching and learning programs to ensure the needs of all students are catered for to ensure each child reaches their maximum potential. Communication and consultation are key elements of both areas at Grace Primary.
At Grace Primary we support a range of students with needs.
Some students have what is known as an Education Adjustment Profile (EAP) which covers areas like:
- Autistic Spectrum Disorder
- Intellectual Impairment
- Physical Impairment
- Vision or Hearing Impairment
- Speech & Language Impairment
- Social Emotional Disorder.
Other areas of need may include:
- English Language Learners
- Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Heritage
- Attention Difficulties
- Processing Difficulties
- Dyslexia or Dysgraphia
- Learning Differences or Difficulties.
Students are supported in a number of ways as determined by the evidence and data collect. They include:
- Use of Support Personnel (Specially Trained Teachers and Teacher Aides) to provide assistance to students
- in one-one
- small group
- or as part of a differentiated/developmentally based learning program.
- Use of Technology
- access to software programs such as Text Read Write Gold and Kidspiration/Inspiration
- all classrooms have an FM system that research shows is beneficial for improved communication and student focus.
- Modifications and adjustments can include:
- reduced work load
- increased amount of time
- sensory breaks
- providing scaffolded notes
- using hands on materials.
- Teachers aim to differentiate within their classroom environment. This means they may vary:
- content (what is taught)
- process (how it is taught)
- or product (outcome of student learning).
The Learning Enrichment Program at Grace Lutheran Primary School provides additional learning opportunities and support for Gifted and Talented students. These opportunities exist in addition to the extension opportunities provided within the daily classroom context.
What does a gifted and talented student look like?
"Gifted students are those who are commonly characterised by an advanced pace of learning, quality of thinking OR capability for remarkably high standards of performance compared to students of the same age. Giftedness designates the possession and use of outstanding natural abilities, called aptitudes, that places an individual at least among the top 10% of age peers. Talent is the systematic and strategic development of these natural gifts into outstanding tangible competencies." (Gagne, 2008)
There is no stereotype of a gifted student. Gifted individuals can be quiet, straight A students, active and noisy, talented in one field and not another, underachieving due to dual exceptionalities such as dyslexia, ASD or social and emotional difficulties – the range and spectrum is endless.
What does the Learning Enrichment Program involve?
The Learning Enrichment Teacher works with students once a week on tailor made activities, designed to develop the student’s area of gifting. These programs include writing workshops, extension Mathematics classes, Scientific investigations, competitions, service learning tasks and more. The Learning Enrichment Teacher is also available to assist classroom teachers to plan curriculums which engage and challenge these students.
How are students identified for the Learning Enrichment Program?
Teachers and parents can refer students to be assessed for the Learning Enrichment Program. Once referred, the classroom teacher provides a range of data about the student and the Learning Enrichment Teacher administers the Ravens Progressive Matrices Exam. Students who score above the 90-95th percentile on this exam are accepted into the program.