Preparatory | Academics
At St George’s Prep, learning support focuses on supporting children who face difficulties with their learning in the classroom. It can vary from specific areas of difficulty such as reading, phonics, comprehension to ADD, ADHD, and on language and reasoning disabilities such as dyslexia (difficulty in reading, writing, and spelling) and dyscalculia (math difficulties).
Our aim is to focus on early intervention. The earlier the difficulty is detected and supported, the more positive the outcome for the child, especially as they move up into the higher grades. The individual needs of each child need to be addressed and supported. The class teachers and parents play a vital role in this process, as they are able to contribute from different areas of the child’s life.
We work as a team at St George’s Prep, as it is crucial that there are open channels of communication between the class teacher, the learning support teacher and the parents.
Most importantly, it is crucial that the child feels loved and supported at all times. We do not want a child to lose their confidence and self-esteem, as this can become an even bigger issue than the actual learning difficulty. Working as a team towards the same goal, we want your child to feel supported, confident and valued.
Our team consists of two Learning Support Therapists, an Occupational Therapist, Speech Therapist as well as a Pediatric Physiotherapist, who all work on site at school. We also have Educational Psychologists with whom we work extremely closely, should the need be to refer outside of school.
In addition, the Learning Support Department facilitates the teaching of foreign languages such as French, German and Spanish to children in the Senior Primary wanting to do an additional language.
The referral process / Strategies to identify learning with barriers
If a class teacher feels that a child in his/her class is not coping with the academic curriculum, they will refer the child for additional learning support. An assessment, observation and investigation will then be done to establish the possible cause for the child’s academic challenges. In some cases, a child can be helped in the classroom setting with the help of learning aids. If this, however, is not the case, the child will receive individual or group learning support sessions.
At the start of the year, a school readiness test will be done to assess the level at which each child is at, coming into Grade 1. There will also be a class screening done for each Grade, to identifying area’s where children struggle, if intervention needs to take place and to compare the progress made throughout the year.