As a comprehensive school, a percentage of Loreto students require the assistance of the Academic Support Department. The Academic Support Department staff work with the Loreto students in two main areas:
The Academic Support Centre
Currently nine students study in the Academic Support Centre. The students study NESA Life Skill courses and adjusted mainstream courses in a range of subject areas. Each of the Life Skills courses are tailored to suit the individual needs of the students as outlined in their individual plans. Stage 6 students study OTEN and TAFE courses for the remainder of their programs.
Academic Support in the mainstream
Academic support personnel work with identified student individually, in small groups, team teaching in mainstream classes, supporting class teachers with useful teaching strategies and advice on individual students as well as providing guidance with the differentiation of classwork and assessment tasks.
This 100 and 200 hour elective for Stage 5 offers students the opportunity to further their literacy and numeracy skills within the context of their mainstream studies. The skills of spelling, vocabulary development, reading fluency, reading comprehension, writing and basic numeracy skills are taught explicitly. Students receive individual assistance with study skills and planning to answer assignment questions.
After school tutoring
This term, tutors who work in the library after the school have attended sessions run by Academic Support staff to train them in assisting students with the skills of reading.
Michele Langdon (Mrs)
Academic Support Coordinator (K-12)