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 and resilient learners.
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. We use the 'Morningside Model of Generative Instruction', an evidence-based programme of learning.
Originating in the United States, the 'Morningside Model’ develops students’ mastery of the fundamentals in mathematics, writing and reading. Click here for further information about the Morningside Programme.
St Andrew’s does everything to provide the best support for students with learning delays. Simultaneously we foster independence so that no child is entirely reliant on the support provided. Our staff are aware that a culture of ‘learned helplessness’ is not advantageous to students in the long term. Our aim is to develop learners who are resilient and who embrace challenges in their learning journey.
St Andrew’s uses Response to Intervention (RTI), a tiered framework designed to improve student learning outcomes. This approach enables us to develop and monitor effective support programmes for students within the learning support environment. RTI interventions may include teacher-aide support, literacy groups, supported study, and / or Vocational Education and Training.
We ensure students who qualify for special assessment conditions (SACs) receive them for NCEA. Our staff fully inform students and parents about the processes and procedures.
For further information about Learning Support, please contact Assistant Head of Secondary School (Academic), Helaina Coote, on HCE@stac.school.nz.
For further information about Accelerated Learning please contact Head of Learning Support – Secondary, Brett Clark, on BCR@stac.school.nz.