Learning Support

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From Kindergarten to Year 12, SACS strives to provide the very best learning environment for everyone. We take pride in our reputation for caring and nurturing our students and welcome those with specific learning needs, whether they are struggling in a particular area or are gifted and talented.

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The approach to enrichment at SACS

The education we offer always ensures that the school is inclusive and the curriculum is accessible to all. Staff are committed to continually developing the School's capacity to accommodate the full range of individual differences among its students. We strive to maximise the potential of individuals spanning the academic, social and emotional realms. If your child has additional needs we will endeavour to support these needs within the classroom, this assistance is called in-class support and includes many forms of differentiation.

You are welcome to contact Mr Phil Baldock to discuss any of these matters relating to your child’s learning.

Enrichment and Learning Department

The Enrichment and Learning Department plays a vital role at St Andrew’s Cathedral School. Teachers, parents, staff and where possible, outside relevant professionals, work collaboratively to establish teaching and learning strategies that help students participate fully in the life of the School. Students’ needs are diverse and always changing, therefore responding to them means new initiatives are continually being created. This ensures flexible and responsive support service delivery.

Qualified and Experienced Staff

Teachers and other support staff are appropriately qualified, and experienced and are expected to develop an expertise in a particular specialisation (Learning support, English as a Second Language or Gifted and Talented) in order to assist the team as a whole to address all aspects of learning needs in the school.

Services

The Enrichment and Learning Department provides the following services:

  • Coordinating Learning Support Teams to assist in the classroom.
  • Providing mandated Inclusive Learning Planning (ILP) meetings and review meetings for students who meet criteria for additional support.
  • ILP meetings for students with Learning Difficulties on a priority of needs (referral) basis.
  • Individual Literacy or Numeracy assessment through referral processes.
  • Transition planning.
  • Providing whole school, department specific and individual professional development in line with priority whole school outcomes set by the Head of School.
  • Coordinating Literacy and Numeracy support projects.
  • Collaborative planning and teacher support with curriculum adjustments
  • Application for and provisions of Support and Disability Provisions for students that meet NSW Board of Studies criteria.
  • Establishment and implementation of Peer Support programmes in close collaboration with Student Services staff and Outdoor Education, e.g. PLANT (Peer Literacy and Numeracy Tutor Support Programme) and social skills programmes
  • Coordinating Youth Pathways programme
  • Coordinating Teacher / Consultants from outside agencies such as RIDBC, ASPECT and AIS
  • Establishing connections with other educational institutions to increase Literacy and or Numeracy support.
  • Coordinating and facilitating volunteer tutor programmes
  • Creating a resource Library for St Andrew’s community