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Whanganui Collegiate School sees its provision of learning support as a point of difference. Alongside smaller classes and a robust tutor and pastoral support network, students who have experienced difficulty in engaging with their academic studies are identified as early as possible.  The Centre for Learning also helps to oversee students identified as Gifted and Talented, and those students who are twice-exceptional.  Students may be referred to The Centre for Learning through a variety of pathways including: 

  • Student self-referral
  • Parent referral
  • Teacher referral
  • Assessment results
  • Outside agency referral (i.e. RTLB, ICAMHS)

We then work to provide appropriate support, tailored to their individual requirements, in order that they may obtain the best possible experience from the School's robust academic programme.

Communication between teachers and The Centre for Learning regarding the needs and progress of the student is rich and ongoing. If a student is falling behind, teacher observation may often lead to The Centre for Learning collating information from the student’s other teachers and gathering further evidence through testing and screening assessments.  Conversations with parents and caregivers, is begun early.  The Centre for Learning also has strong links with appropriate support within the wider Health and Education community. 

Types of Support

We provide a range of support mechanisms for students requiring personalised support: 

  • Graduate Gap Tutors are employed to provide support for students in targeted classroom settings or even to work with students on their homework within the houses where there is a very high need. 
  • One-on-one tuition is provided by learning support staff, where targeted programmes are designed to develop study skills, strengthen identified areas of need and to identify and develop a student's learning strengths.  We believe strongly in a strength-based approach to learning and teaching.  
  • The Centre for Learning, located in Room 13 is a student drop in centre where advice, resources or simply a place for taking time-out is provided.  Students are encouraged to self-refer, and seek support when they feel they need it. 
  •  Literacy and numeracy focus is provided in Year 9 or 10 for the provision of additional learning support for students who have been identified, generally in groups of 4-6 students.  The focus is on developing literacy and numeracy skills in context, to prepare readiness for NCEA Level 1, in Year 11.
  • For students who have entered formal NCEA assessment classes (Year 11, 12 and 13), alternative subject / course choices have been provided and include a Gateway programme as well as correspondence courses.  Some students benefit from a reduced programme, using a Study Skills line to work with our Centre for Learning team in developing a study and revision plan, as well as support for completing class work.
  • One of the fundamental tools The Centre for Learning uses in order to support students with special educational needs is an Individual Education Programme or IEP. At a meeting of the parent(s) and/or caregiver, the student, Housemaster, Head of Centre for Learning, subject teachers and outside agencies such as, Resource Teacher Learning and Behaviour (RTLB), a Learning Programme plan is formulated using SMART Goals (Specific, Measurable, Achievable/Attainable, Relevant/Result focused, Timely).  For students in the senior school, we use a more student-driven approach in developing ILPs (Individual Learning Plan) alongside a Learning Journal, which records lesson goals and steps taken to achieve their learning goals.