The Learning Support programme is run by highly qualified teachers whose fields of expertise include special education needs, thinking and learning extension programmes, and student counselling. Our staff aim to build self-esteem and confidence and support students to be independent in their learning.
Reading and language support is offered for students experiencing challenges and study support is available to senior students. Support is based on individual student needs and is priority assessed.
Our Learning Support staff have measures in place to meet the following objectives:
St Andrew’s understands that students with learning delays must have their learning accelerated. If they don’t they will fall further and further behind academically – which is known as ‘The Matthew Effect.’ Based on careful research St Andrew’s looks to one of the most successful Learning Support programmes, called the 'Morningside Model of Generative Instruction'.
Developed in the United States, the 'Morningside Model of Generative Instruction' has proven its effectiveness in accelerating the learning of students with learning delays. This programme develops the students’ mastery of the fundamentals in mathematics, writing and reading. The 'Morningside Model of Generative Instruction' is now being used in Years 9 and 10 so students are better equipped for NCEA Level 1 in Year 11. Click here for further information about the Morningside Programme.
St Andrew’s does everything possible to provide the best support possible for students with learning delays. Simultaneously we foster independence so that no child is reliant on the support provided. Our staff are aware that a culture of ‘learnt helplessness’ doesn’t support the learning of your child in the long term.
In regards to special examination conditions, our staff fully inform parents about the procedures which must be followed. We are successful in ensuring students who qualify for special examination conditions do receive them.
We have measures in place to monitor the effectiveness of our Learning Support programmes. In 2016 a two-year study began to measure the effect of the Morningside Model of Generative Instruction in Year 9. This study is carried out in conjunction with the University of Canterbury and will provide us quantitative evidence of the impact of the programmes and the support our staff provide.
For further information about Learning Support, please contact Assistant Head of Secondary School (Academic), Helaina Coote, on HCE@stac.school.nz.