Support Programs

Learning support and enrichment

From birth to Year 6, every child is guided on their learning journey through the delivery of specialist programs and core curriculum. At John Paul II, we pride ourselves on ensuring that every child’s needs are met and knowledge comes to life.

Our Learning Support program has been designed to support students who may be experiencing difficulty with their learning in the areas of:

  • literacy
  • numeracy
  • speech therapy
  • English as a second language
  • motor sensory development.

 

Literacy

In 2020, as part of our Strategic Plan, the school leadership planned to dramatically improve the quality of literacy teaching and learning. The first step was to develop an evidence-based literacy program. This meant that all staff were required to engage in a two-year literacy postgraduate course in the ‘science of reading’ – the science of teaching children to read.

At John Paul II, we:

  • assess all students regularly in the key indicators of reading success
  • teach phonics systematically and explicitly through delivery of evidence-based programs
  • offer tiered intervention for students who need more support
  • train all of our teachers in best practice literacy support
  • refer students to our school psychologist and speech therapist or external agencies if more support is required.

 

We believe literacy is so fundamental for long term academic success and general wellbeing, that we prioritise it above all other areas of the curriculum.

 

Support Programs

At John Paul II, we begin literacy support and learning in our LUDO program, from three years old. The earlier literacy issues are assessed and determined, the better. Early preventative programs are used along with our whole school approach to reduce the number of students who may need support. We support all learning needs in a ‘Response to Intervention’ model to promote growth and development.

Explicit mathematics programs are delivered to support the specific learning needs of all students. We teach lessons in different ways to ensure it is both accessible and challenging to all levels of ability. Adjustments are made in the content, methods used and the expected outcomes from students to ensure they receive the education they need to develop and succeed.

John Paul II directly engages with a Speech and Language Pathologist to support students who experience difficulties with speech sounds, speaking, listening, understanding language, reading and writing.

John Paul II supports students from a diverse range of backgrounds, focussing on English language competency. This improves their curriculum level outcomes and enables them to fully participate in school. Our teaching and learning programs are differentiated to show the language learning needs of EAL/D students.

We have a specialist learning support teacher, speech therapist, a psychologist and two school counsellors on site to support students. The School also liaises with specialist service providers in the areas of speech and language development; occupational therapists and physiotherapists; psychologists and social workers; as well as referring students for further educational assessments where required.

Every child is nurtured by our friendly and caring team as their individual needs are met through the facilitation of our learning support programs.