There are a variety of reasons why students may require assistance in order to engage with or manage their learning. Teachers work to support students on their individual learning journey. Additionally, the dedicated team of staff from the Learning Support Centre also assist students to reach their best potential across all aspects of school life.
The Learning Support Centre is an inclusive team who attend to the needs of any College student who may require assistance in any way. These staff members are required to be talented in a number of areas so that they can cater for the diverse needs of the students within the college. These staff work in partnership with subject teachers to reach students at their point of need.
Referrals for academic assessments are also coordinated by the Learning Support Coordinator to ensure we can make informed decisions about the needs of a student. The outcome of these assessments enables teachers and learning support staff to assist students based on their specific learning needs.
There are several ways in which the Learning Support staff work to improve the academic, social and pastoral outcomes of the students. Levels of assistance are adapted and adjusted constantly to meet the ongoing needs of the students.
Learning Support works collaboratively with many outside agencies including Catholic Education Melbourne for the Visiting Teacher Service and various assessments, SCOPE services for Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy, Swinburne University for psychological assessments and other community services when required.
Learning Support oversees the transition when students come from their primary setting to St John’s and also assists in the senior years when students are looking beyond school to secure a future pathway.
The Learning Support Centre celebrates differences in both actions and words. It is fundamentally the partnership of the St John’s Learning Support staff with teachers that can make the difference for students during their years at St John’s.