Special Learning Needs & EAL
Thornbury High School’s literacy support program has been developed over a number of years, and focuses on providing support for students in Years 7 to 9. In close consultation with parents, students are withdrawn from Language classes and receive intensive literacy support. The program involves the delivery of a literacy intervention program, support for students in completing Compulsory Assessment Tasks (CAT’s) and class work in their subjects, as well as activities to motivate engagement and learning.
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 provides access to “Mathletics” free of charge to all students, both at school and at home. This is a world-renowned program that assists students to improve their numeracy skills.
Head to www.mathletics.com for more info.
The Extend program is designed for students whose literacy and numeracy skills are below standardised high school levels. Extend ensures that all students are able to participate and engage with the full range of educational activities appropriate to their age group.