Catering for students with a diverse range of needs with varying backgrounds, abilities and preferences

Learning Support

The Learning Support Centre at Waverley College was established in 1996. It has been developed within the teachings of Edmund Rice.

The College's mission statement: 'To create an environment where it is possible to foster the talents of all students in the context of Faith. Our aim is education of the whole person: physically, mentally and spiritually.' reflects the values of Edmund Rice which underpin the philosophy of the Learning Support Centre at Waverley College.

The Support Centre caters for students from Year Five through to Year Twelve and was developed in a response to a need identified by the Waverley community to promote inclusive school practices. "An inclusive school is characterized by...the commitment of its community members to continually develop its capacity to accommodate a full range of individual differences among its learners." (Rogers, 1993)

At Waverley College there is a fundamental belief that that some students, because of the nature of their needs, will require a higher level of support and/or a range of instructional strategies in order to achieve full participation and the desired outcomes. This 'needs based' approach to the provision of support is the most effective means of addressing the challenge to ensure that all students gain maximum access to the curriculum as it is presented in the regular classroom.

The Learning Support Centre caters for a number of students with a diverse range of needs with varying backgrounds, abilities and preferences. These students include those who have been identified as students for whom English is a second language, students experiencing difficulties related to a disability, a learning difficulty, social behavioural or communication needs and Indigenous students.

Staff

Head of Department Mr D Parnell Phone: 9369 0667 | email
Junior School Learning Support Teacher Mrs K McIvor Phone: 9387 5022 | email
Learning Support Assistant Ms K Russell Phone: 9369 0644 | email
Learning Support Teacher Ms D Seamons Phone: 9369 0724 | email
Learning Support Teacher Mr P Cornish Phone: 9369 0624 | email

Intervention

The intention of the Learning Support Centre is to work with students with special needs in order to identify areas of strength and prioritised areas of need and to facilitate support to that end. The support is delivered through:
Comprehensive assessment of the student's individual learning styles, strengths and areas of concern.
Collaborative planning and curriculum modification

Flexible delivery

Some students will receive support as a result of the Learning Support team working closely and exchanging knowledge and strategies with the student's teachers and /or parents. Whilst other students will receive more direct support structured, systematic, monitored and reviewed on a regular basis:

  • Team Teaching
  • Short term individual support
  • Small skill based withdrawal groups
  • In class support
  • Intervention Classes within English, Mathematics and Science
  • Special Courses of study are offered to students with intellectual disabilities
  • Special Provisions
  • Cross Age Tutoring
  • Social Skills and Communication Skills groups
  • Counselling sessions and groupwork

Nation Wide Assessments

National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN), tests are administered by Learning Support Staff to all students in Years 5, 7 and 9.
The results of these assessments are used
- to identify the strengths and areas of need within each cohort and at an individual level
- to review and change programme content within individual subject areas
- to track student performance over time

Special Provisions

The College provides Special Provisions for students who have an identified difficulty in reading, writing and or completing examinations and assessment tasks. The purpose of these provisions is to support students who may be disadvantaged by some form of difficulty or disability that makes the required assessment difficult.
Provision that may be offered to a student may include Extra Time, Reader, Writer, Computers, Rest Breaks and Separate Supervision.