In any classroom, children learn at different speeds and in different ways. Teachers will plan their lessons and choose different types of lesson materials and methodologies to help each child learn best.
Some children will however need more help than others and may have difficulty with:
· Reading, writing, numbers.
· Speaking and listening.
· Developing social skills.
· Physical skills.
· Emotion, mental health and behaviour.
In order to extend our services and ensure that all learners achieve success, the school has launched the Achievement Centre for Excellence (ACE) Department. The ACE Department works collaboratively with teachers, parents and specialist to carefully craft SMART (Specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time bound) learning targets, strategies, resources and interventions that meet the needs of individual students. The ACE department then works directly with students who have been identified as needing additional support – either on a 1:1 basis or in small group intensive instruction. We also provide specialist support, training and advice to teachers and parents. We recognize that many students benefit from additional support as they grow as readers, writers, mathematicians, citizens, and multilingual speakers. Through ongoing observation, assessment and evaluation, learning support specialists and classroom teachers work together to ensure that students' learning needs are constantly being met. This support may be temporary or long-term, depending on the unique needs of the student.
For those children who are identified as requiring additional support, parents will be invited to meet with the ACE team to discuss their child’s needs and agree on a targeted intervention using a document called the IEP (Individual Education Plan). This allows us to work together to set, implement and monitor targets that should improve educational outcomes.
Members of this department are well qualified and experienced Teachers and Facilitators. They have specific education and experience working with students with learning differences and they have a broad and deep understanding of specific strategies and programs that may help students whose learning styles require a differentiated approach.