learning and teaching

Learning Support and Enrichment

The teaching programs at St Pius X College strive to provide authentic, creative and dynamic learning experiences aimed at the needs of individual students. There are however, some students, with diverse learning and support needs, who require input from the Learning Support and Enrichment (LSE) Department to further individualise their programs.

The Learning Support and Enrichment (LSE) Department at St Pius X College is comprised of a small team of teachers, dedicated to inclusiveness and promoting differentiation in the classroom.

LSE team works with teachers to help them implement reasonable adjustments for students with identified support needs in relation to curriculum and assessment. We do this through collaborating with identified students and their parents/carers, and work with teachers to help put in place practical strategies. We also develop and periodically review learning profiles and individualised learning and support plans (IPs).

What are diverse learning needs?

According to the Australian Curriculum (2010), these include:

  • Learning support needs of students who struggle academically; who have gaps in their schooling or learning; who experience difficulty with literacy, numeracy or organisational skills; or of students whose learning or behaviour is impacted by a formally diagnosed or imputed disability which may result from an intellectual, physical, sensory, or social/emotional impairment;
  • English language needs of students for whom English is an additional language or dialect (EALD), and
  • Gifted and Talented needs of motivated high ability students with substantial potential, who require an enriched curriculum and/or co-curricular extension.

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 How does LSE help identified students in the classroom?

  • Where needed, the LSE staff provide limited support to students with additional needs by providing: background information and recommendations to teachers about classroom adjustments, and
  • in-class support assistance to identified students with high-needs, for two or more periods per fortnightly cycle.

The LSE staff supports identified students outside of the main classroom through

  • Limited small-group reading programs in Years 5 and 6,
  • homework and study support in the After-School Study Program for Years 5 to 10, which operates Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons from 3:15 to 4:30pm from week 2 during term time,
  • the Maths Drop-in Centre, a joint initiative with the Maths Faculty, held each Monday at lunch time
  • co-curricular enrichment opportunities and competitions such as Da Vinci Decathlon.
  • occasional after-school occupational therapy courses provided onsite for our students, in Handwriting, and Touch Typing Skills (externally provided, at an extra cost).

The LSE staff also administers provisions for whole-grade tests, exam blocks and timed written in-class assessments.

These provisions are intended to compensate for the impact of disability upon students’ academic performance, in accordance with the HSC guidelines. Disability provisions are approved by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) to support students with permanent or temporary disabilities during their HSC examinations. The LSE Department at St Pius X administers exam and assessment provisions for Years 5 to 11, according to the NESA approach.

For further information about Learning Support and Enrichment at St Pius X College, please contact Joanne Raheb-Mol, Coordinator of Learning Support and Enrichment - JRahebMol@stpiusx.nsw.edu.au