Wellington College’s Student Support Department is focused on providing support and care for students finding learning difficult because of special education needs, mental or physical health issues, plus literacy and/or numeracy problems.
The Department consists of a Special Education Needs Coordinator (SENCO), an ASD Advisor/Mentor, two Student Support Coordinators and teacher aides.
The support available falls into four categories.
1. Students who require support in literacy
In Year 9, students who are having difficulties with literacy are invited to take ‘Integrated Studies’ as an option subject. This programme is designed to support students’ English classes and also to help them with the language demands across the curriculum.
In Year 10, students who still have literacy issues are invited to continue with the ‘Integrated Studies’ option. In the senior school, departments often offer alternative courses which allow low literacy students to achieve.
2. Students with special difficulties
Students in this category experience some special difficulties because of conditions such as Aspergers Syndrome, Tourettes Syndrome etc. These students do not attract any funding. They are fully mainstreamed and are supported by the Student Support Department and in some cases also receive teacher aide support.
Wellington College recognises that Dyslexia and other learning differences can have a significant impact on school life. Our school is committed to addressing this.
4. ORS or ACC funded students
The needs of these students are considered severe enough that they attract special funding which enables them to be fully mainstreamed with teacher aids support.
· Special Assessment Conditions (SACs)
Special Assessment Conditions may be given for students with recognised learning difficulties, physical disability, sight or hearing impairment, or a medical condition. To be eligible for SACs, data to support the application is needed from either a registered assessor or from school-based evidence. This assessment must have been carried out within the previous two years, for students entering national qualifications.
The Student Support Department is also involved with:
• student mentoring
• peer tutoring
• coordinating the general well-being of students.
Included in the Enrolment Application form is a document that MUST be completed for students who require any form of learning support assistance and/or students who suffer major medical conditions.