Students are required to complete their Junior schooling with a level of Literacy and Numeracy that will allow them to function in the Senior school and/or to successfully gain employment. The Learning Facilitation Centre is focussed on providing support for students with learning challenges in order to assist them to access the curriculum, teaching and assessment. Support is provided through additional in-class and assessment support.
The level of support a student receives is determined by their degree of need. A range of data and assessment tools are used to determine the requirements of a student. The LFC offers a number of assistance modes, including:
- full line of Foundation Mathematics and English classes
- assessment support, including assistance with reading exam questions
- the delivery of reading intervention programs
- the implementation of Individual Curriculum Plans for identified students
- tutorial support classes instead of LOTE
- impromptu support, including times before and/or after school and lunch breaks
- in-class support, usually with a teacher aide.
It is important to note that lack of progress due to behavioural issues, and not learning difficulties, will not qualify a student for learning support classes.
Aims of The Learning Facilitation Centre:
- be provided with support in Literacy and Numeracy, via specialist classes, across Years 7 to 10
- enhance essential Literacy and Numeracy skills and levels of understanding across the curriculum
- be provided with the opportunity to work on organisational skills and approaches to working on set tasks
- gain confidence and skills in how to approach assignment writing, prepare for examinations, work through mathematical concepts and formulas
- develop greater confidence and self-belief in their school work generally
- gain success – a sense of achievement and empowerment
- receive support in the affective areas of schooling – relationships, assertiveness, appropriate behaviours, time management and organisation.
The Centre is staffed with core Literacy and Numeracy teachers and teacher aides, and is led by the Learning Facilitation Centre Co-ordinator. The classroom teacher and the LFC staff work in conjunction with Support Services staff, including: Guidance Officers; School Nurse; Social Workers; Speech Language Pathologist; School Chaplain; Community Education Counsellor; EALD Co-ordinator and Administration Staff.
The Learning Facilitation Centre Team includes: Deputy Principal, LFC Co-ordinator, Guidance Officers, LFC Case Managers, Study Skills teachers and teacher aides.
The roles and responsibilities of the Learning Facilitation Centre Team include:
- identify the range of learning difficulties within the school
- provide procedures for the early and continuing identification of student with learning difficulties
- undertake informal and formal assessments
- co-operatively plan with classroom teachers to assist with changes to class programs and assessment tasks
- direct teaching of students in Literacy and Numeracy classes, small group withdrawal, in-class support or one-on-one
- maintain professional development and networking with other support personnel
- maintain accountability to the Principal and parents
- manage the acquisition, use, development, storage and maintenance of resources
- liaise with other schools to assist in the transition between educational settings
- liaise with other providers of specialist support.