Special Learning Needs & EAL
Thornbury High School is trialling a new literacy support program that focuses on providing daily intervention support for students in Year 7.
English as an Additional Language (EAL) Program
Students qualify for EAL assistance if they have migrated from a non-English speaking country within the past seven years. The EAL students’ countries of origin vary, with numerous THS staff qualified to teach EAL. EAL students in Years 10 to 12 have their own dedicated EAL English classes.
Students with a diagnosed disability or impairment may join the Integration Program. Eligibility for the Program can be established in areas of disability or impairment including: Autism Spectrum Disorder, Hearing Impairment, Intellectual Disability, Physical Disability, Severe Behaviour Disorder, Severe Language Disorder, and Visual Impairment.
Thornbury High receives additional resources to support these students. The students have regular Program Support Group Meetings which are attended by teachers, aides, parents, students, specialist teachers, consultants and, where necessary, by parent advocates.
Educational planning and the allocation of resources for students are based on the recommendations of the Program Support Group. Emphasis is placed on ensuring that all students on the Program have access to the curriculum and are able to participate in a high quality education program.
The school is in the third year of a numeracy intervention trial with Year 7 students following the Quicksmart program. Initial data is very promising.
Head to www.mathletics.com for more info.