Children at Queen of Apostles School have access to support through their class teacher. Support staff cater for those students with individual learning needs as identified through the analysis of data. A comprehensive educational program is provided by the school to students from a variety of backgrounds. There is a strong emphasis on literacy and numeracy which incorporates intervention and support for children who require extra assistance.
An individualised program for children from Year 1 to Year 6 who require further support in developing reading and spelling skills. The Multi Lit Reading Tutor Program is a literacy intervention and reflects a contemporary approach to best practice literacy instruction. The Program teaches phonics, sight words and how to generalize these skills into connected text, which will assist in improving students’ reading accuracy, fluency and comprehension. It caters for students who have not acquired the basic skills needed to become functional readers.
The Multi Lit Program involves intensive, systematic and explicit instruction in three main areas:
- Phonics (or word attack skills) including accuracy, fluency and spelling
- High-frequency sight word recognition to access text quickly
- Supported book reading, known as Reinforced
This program is based on small group instruction (5 students) and runs four days a week. It is targeted towards a group of Year 1 and Year 2 children who require further support with reading. The program takes about 20 weeks to complete, with four lessons of up to 60 minutes per week and includes regular curriculum-based measures to monitor the progress of the students.
Toe By Toe Program
This program is a highly structured reading program that teaches basic literacy skills to learners of all ages, using a phonics-based method. The programme is a series of step-by-step activities and is used daily for 10 minutes with students from Year 2 onwards who have struggled with phonetic awareness. It takes approximately five to six months to complete the entire programme.
Cars and Stars
This program is a powerful combination of assessment and instruction that works effectively together to improve the student’s reading comprehension. This intervention is based on explicitly teaching reading comprehension strategies that a student is struggling to understand. The instruction is highly scaffolded and targeted depending on the student’s individual needs.
Queen of Apostles is an inclusive school which caters for Students with a Disability who are accessing the West Australian school curriculum. A Learning Support Coordinator works in assisting the children and their families to access therapies, funding and learning strategies. Assisting the children in the class, dependent on their learning needs, are Teacher Assistants who are passionate about helping the children in their care reach the individual learning goals developed between the school, the home and relevant outside agencies.
NCCD Fact Sheet
The Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD) takes place every year.
The NCCD is a collection that counts:
- the number of school students receiving an adjustment or ‘help’ due to disability
- the level of adjustment they are receiving to access education on the same basis as other