Literacy and Numeracy Support

Literacy Support is welcoming, vibrant and enriching, specialising in programs for all students and those at risk. It is a place where students immerse themselves in literacy/literary tasks, learning to find the treasures within, and use these treasures to unlock further doors to continued engagement and improvement. Literacy Support is provided in class and composite groups. The Program is well organised and resourced. It is based on “Making a Difference”, government programs and strategies for at risk students. Literacy Support embraces mixed ability teaching strategies, creative and critical thinking practices, inclusive education, incorporating Habits of Mind, Multiple Intelligences, Peer tutoring, E5 principles, Humanistic and Vygotskian theories of learning and teaching.

Literacy Support has an open door policy where students are enrolled at any time of the year. Basic testing in foundation English for Years 7-10 is conducted yearly through TORCH tests and data is distributed and discussed with relevant teachers to assist their principles of teaching and learning. There is on-going consultation with classroom teachers, psychologists, the Wellbeing Team, parents and guardians about students’ needs. A range of diagnostic tests are used to ascertain learning difficulties and to measure students’ progress. Naplan results are used to invite potential candidates for support. Students work on “The Intensive Reading Program”, popular text and media to boost fluency, accuracy and comprehension in reading, writing oral presentations. Assistance for class work and homework is provided. Literacy Support is practical, time sensitive and effective. Students feel nurtured, optimistic and empowered.

Dr. Intha R. Chetty
Literacy Support / Program for Students with Disabilities Coordinator.