LEARNING SUPPORT AT VISTA NOVA HIGH SCHOOL
1. What is Learning Support?
- A series of structured interactions between learners and the Learning Support educators with the purpose of empowering the learner with new skills or knowledge.
- The interactions are based on the needs of the learner as demonstrated during informal or formal assessments in a written or oral format, assignments, homework, class activities, homework and assessment corrections.
2. Who receives Learning Support?
- At risk learners (at risk of not meeting the pass requirements of a subject).
- Learners who missed work due to absenteeism.
- Learners who are underachieving (due to e.g. behavioural problems, reading/ comprehension).
- Learners who are unable to manage time/tasks or meet deadlines / due dates.
3. Who identifies learners for intervention / Learning Support
- Subject teacher, LS teacher, Psychologist, Librarian, Scribe, Class assistants/facilitators, Parent, Learner
4. When are learners needing Learning Support identified?
- As soon as a learner is at risk of failing a subject (subject teacher identifies).
- As soon as learner shows a pattern of absence
- As soon as a learner is absent for medical reasons, operation, hospitalisation
- As soon as learner starts to miss deadlines / due dates for tasks.
- As soon as scribe picks up gaps in knowledge during a test/exam (i.e. has learnt, but cannot give answers back)
- As soon as parent(s) request.
- As soon as learner indicates he/she needs help.
- As soon as any other staff member discovers a need for learning support.
- At handovers (e.g. Gr 7 teachers)
5. How do educators determine and plan intervention / Learning Support strategies and content?
- Analyse (look for patterns in) formal and informal assessments, then determine the learners’ needs.
- Analyse homework, assignments and co-operative learning; determine needs.
- Analyse answers and responses during class; determine needs.
- Plan interventions according to learner’s needs and his/her “gaps in knowledge/skills.”
- School-based Support Team meeting decisions and awareness of learners’ barriers to learning.
6. How & when does Learning Support take place?
The whole class (scheduled on the timetable)
- Math rote 1 lesson per week (Grades 8 & 9)
- Reading skills 1 lesson per week (Grades 8 & 9)
- Study skills 1 lesson per week (Grades 8 – 12)
Small group (per arrangement)
- to a group with a common need (could be subject-specific)
- providing learning material in audio format
Individual (per arrangement)
- in class during a lesson, or
- in the Learning Support class
- extra worksheets/homework tasks dealing with specific skills/knowledge, e.g. a structured reading programme