We believe that all students can learn and succeed and should have every opportunity to reach their potential. Our Learning Enrichment Centre (LEC) promotes learning outcomes for all students in a flexible environment.
The individual requirements of each student are at the core of all decision-making.
For girls in Years 7 and 8 who experience some challenges in their learning, we offer additional English and Mathematics classes that focus on skill development and mastery. The girls all complete the same course but it may be at a different pace or may include differing support materials. Adolescent girls don’t like to be seen as different, so we must be sensitive to this and seek to nurture each girl’s self-esteem. For this reason, we take an inclusive approach when offering assistance.
Girls in Years 9-12 are provided with the support they need to achieve their maximum level in consultation with LEC staff, in small group and one-on-one sessions as well as within their classes. Our approach is an inclusive one that ensures girls continue to feel comfortable and connected with their peers.
It is completely normal to have staff members from the Learning Enrichment Centre working alongside the classroom teachers. In this way, support is provided subtly within the context of a class.
In Junior School, the LEC team support all students in their learning, within an inclusive setting. We use a range of provisions such as flexible grouping, use of technology, visual strategies and reciprocal teaching. LEC staff also work closely with teachers and parents to develop individual plans when there are learning concerns, learning difficulties and disabilities.
To ensure smooth transitions, there are comprehensive handovers year to year and between Junior School and Senior School LEC teams.
At the beginning of the year, all Year 7 and new Year 8 students undergo a comprehensive assessment programme. This allows the Learning Support teachers to identify, plan for and monitor students.
In Years 7 to 9, students with diagnosed learning disabilities, or who have been identified on standardised tests as requiring extra support for literacy and/or numeracy, may be invited to enrichment classes in these areas. The additional time for lessons comes from time otherwise allocated to second language learning. Parents will be contacted and a timetable developed in negotiation with the LEC teacher and the Head of Senior School. LEC staff may also team teach with subject teachers to provide additional support for students within the classroom.
In Year 10, students with diagnosed learning difficulties requiring support may also be part of the Enrichment Programme as an alternative to second language learning classes, however, this is being negotiated with the Head of Senior School, Head of the Languages department and the LEC staff. The Enrichment Programme focuses on the development of essential literacy and numeracy skills. It also gives students more time to work on assessments in small groups or individually and seek help when required. The structure of the programme is dependent on the individual needs of the students involved. Students will be guided through the development of relevant skills, to assist their learning across the learning areas and they will be helped to develop skills, to encourage and support independent learning.
In Years 11 and 12, students are counselled by the Careers Development Department to follow pathways and study subjects that reflect their particular strengths and interests. Staff from the LEC liaise regularly with the Head of Senior School and the Senior School Psychologist to monitor student progress. Literacy support is also available to identified students either in small groups or one to one, as required.
Learning Hub is offered after school from Monday to Thursday between 3.30 pm and 5.00 pm. Students from Year 7 to 10 may attend regularly or just when necessary to receive extra assistance. Students are also able to make appointments on an individual or small group basis with staff from the LEC.