Learning Support Programs
Beaumaris Primary School offers students a range of learning support programs. Opportunities include:
At Beaumaris Primary School we endevour to provide a program that enables individual students to reach their full potential. This is done through:
- Differentiated curriculum
- Individual learning plans
- Learning support programs
Beaumaris School has access to a team of professionals that assist in supporting students with their learning journey. These include:
- A speech therapist
- Learning support staff
Differentiated Classroom Programs
Within the classrooms teachers develop and implement programs that are tailored to individual needs. Teachers use problem-solving activities together with explicit teaching of thinking skills to engage and enrich students. Teachers use a range of assessment including standardised testing to identify strengths and where a student may require support.
Student Individual Learning Plans
Teachers together with parents, set goals for students to achieve and work through the strategies at home and at school that will be used to support the child achieve these individual goals.
The Learning Support teacher works closely with classroom teachers, providing extra assistance, providing support that enables students to meet their individual needs. Support takes a variety of forms:
- Teacher support. Identifying specific learning and support needs for individual students, assisting in implementing these strategies and programs.
- Small groups or individual students maybe withdrawn during the course of the week to participate in further learning activities. These groups are fluid and are identified through teacher assessment. They are ever changing as the learning needs of the students change.
- Working with the students support network, often consisting of educational experts, teachers, parents and the student, to ensure facilitation of processes and strategies to maximise learning opportunities far students.
The Learning Support program operates out of the Learning Lounge located in the SALC. It provides a purposeful learning environment that is able to cater for a variety of learning styles. Utilizing a learning team that is able to ensure that students reach their full potential.
A Speech Pathologist attends the school on a fortnightly basis and provides services to referred children who have difficulties with:
• Articulation (e.g. lisp)
• Comprehending instructions, stories and conversations
• Expressing needs, ideas, opinions and stories
• Social skills
• Phonological awareness, reading and spelling
• Auditory processing
• Voice (e.g. vocal nodules)
• Fluency (e.g. stuttering)
Services include assessment, consultation with teachers and parents, provision of helpful strategies and home therapy programs, individual and group therapy sessions. All enquires and referrals for the Speech Pathologist are to be directed to the Assistant Principal.
The School Psychologist visits the school on a weekly basis and provides the following services to referred students, their families, teachers and the community. These services include: Counselling and support to address issues including school refusal, anxiety, depression, anger and frustration and peer difficulties. Assessment is also conducted to assess and provide reports and supportive recommendations. Areas often assessed by the School Psychologist include intellectual and academic functioning and evaluations of social, emotional and coping skills.
Psychologists in schools often work with class groups addressing bullying, making friends, understanding thoughts and feelings and other areas that are considered appropriate. Psychologists also liaise with other professionals including GPs, Paediatricians, Speech pathologists, Audiologists and others to provide a collaborative understanding of an issue that a student is facing and often assists parents and schools to make decisions about the best course of action to take in light of the information.
The School Psychologist also is a key element in the management of emergencies where the school population is affected by a critical incident. Assistance is also provided by other Psychologists in the network and the emergency management team. Schools often seek advice about the management of a number of issues that occur in the life of a school and do this with the highest level of integrity and professionalism.
Psychologists in schools work in accordance with the Psychological Practices Act, the Health Records Act and other relevant legislation and guidelines. The service provided to schools is a limited resource and the school Psychologist and the Assistant Principal will determine when a student requires access to this support service/
English as a Second Language (ESL)
Our school can assist students requiring English as a second language (ESL). On arrival in Australia , ESL learners are able to access the New Arrivals Program which provides intensive full time programs or targeted support to assist with the initial stages of learning English. ESL students are further supported by ESL programs in mainstream schools . Please contact the school for further information.