The Learning Support Department provides assistance for students in mainstream classes. Our role is to be an advocate for students to ensure they can access the curriculum and reach their full potential.
- Special Assessment Conditions
- Teacher aid support
Learning needs are identified by way of AsTTle and PAT testing in Year 8, feedback from contributing schools, teacher observation and professional assessment provided by parents.
ASTTLE testing is conducted in Year 8 to indicate any students with possible literacy needs. It is recommended that students take the Reading Option to develop their literacy skills across the Curriculum.
This option is offered in Years 9 and 10 and is a focused programme to provide students with learning strategies.
Students of all levels are offered extra support by year 13 Peer Tutors. Tutors provide support to individual students and classes. This assistance is offered when needs are highlighted by subject teachers.
Special Assessment Conditions (SAC):
These are available to enable student to overcome their learning difference and communicate their understanding.
At the end of Year 10 a formal application is made to NZQA for this to be used in all their NCEA assessments. To support this application we use a report written by an educational psychologist/Grade C Assessor. The school may also make an application using school based evidence.