learning and teaching

Learning Support and Enrichment

All mainstream teaching at St Pius X College strives to provide for the learning needs of individual students. There are some students, with diverse learning and support needs, who require extra assistance from a small group of Learning Support and Enrichment (LSE) teachers. LSE teachers promote differentiation in the classroom, and advise teachers on ways to implement reasonable adjustments for students with identified support and enrichment needs in relation to curriculum and assessment. We also develop and review learning profiles and individualised plans (IPs), which contain background information and recommendations to teachers about classroom adjustments to support and enrich students’ learning.

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.

How does LSE help identified students during timetabled classes?

  • Limited small-group reading programs in Years 5 and 6, and
  • in-class support assistance to identified students in Years 5-10 with high-needs, for approximately two periods per fortnightly cycle.

Some support and enrichment programs, available to students (some at an extra cost), outside of timetabled classes, are:

  • 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 and Thursday morning before school,
  • co-curricular enrichment opportunities and competitions such as Da Vinci Decathlon, and
  • occasional onsite after-school occupational therapy courses, in Handwriting, and Touch Typing.

LSE teachers also administer 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 Higher School Certificate (HSC) guidelines.
  • Disability provisions for the HSC examination are approved by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) to support students with permanent or temporary disabilities.
  • The LSE staff at St Pius X administers exam and assessment provisions for students with diagnosed needs, Years 5 to 11, according to NESA guidelines.

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