The goal of the Elementary Learning Support Programme is to collaboratively work with the classroom and specialist teachers to identify and implement effective accommodations and interventions that enable students with learning differences to operate independently in their Grade.
The Learning Support Team offers a variety of support for students who have academic difficulties. Students receive the majority of their education within the general class; curriculum support and more intensive small group classes are offered where necessary and available. Services may be direct or indirect. Direct services may include small group, in-class support, placement in a support class, and homework assistance. Indirect services may involve collaborating and consulting with subject/class teachers for planning and implementing of instruction, parent and staff in-services and liaising with the community.
The Secondary Learning Support department offers a variety of programme options for students in Grades 6 to 10 who have academic difficulties. Students receive the majority of their education within the regular class, while co-teaching, in-class support, and pull-out classes are also offered. Offerings are determined based on student needs, resources available, and competing programme needs.
Students who would benefit from additional learning support are withdrawn from modern languages for five periods a week. During this time, teachers work with students on the language, skills and concepts required to participate in mainstream classes. Whenever possible, the content of the mainstream is used as the context for learning. Teachers also provide support in core curriculum areas. This support is provided either through team-teaching, working with small groups or individual help to specific students.
Referrals can come from teachers, team leaders, the Principal, student services staff, parents, guardians or students themselves. Determination of services provided is based on several factors which could include a review of records, assessment, work samples, information from home, school reports, behavioral observations. Individual cases are reviewed regularly by specialist and mainstream teachers. IST provides services to students identified with mild to moderate learning disabilities.