For supportive, dignified access to the Australian Curriculum

Your child and each of their classmates deserves to feel good at school each day. That’s why our team of Education Support teachers and Education Assistants is such an important piece of the GSG puzzle.

With decades of experience and knowledge, our Education Support teachers will design interventions to assist if your child needs it. Not only that, our Education Assistants are given one-to-one training so they can deliver interventions in line with your child’s unique needs.

One of the things we’re proudest of at Great Southern Grammar is the relationships between classroom teachers, learning support teachers, parents, and specialists. This partnership is the linchpin of our Learning Enrichment programme.

Primary School: early intervention

Our focus in the early years is getting to know your child. On top of that, we work hard to support them to learn the literacy and numeracy skills they need to thrive.

Using evidence-based programmes and consistent, kind screening and tracking, your child’s teachers will detect any issues early.

If your child’s teacher does identify a potential learning issue, we’re here to help you work out the next steps.

Following an appropriate assessment, the Learning Enrichment team may create a Learning Adjustment Plan (LAP) for your child. This is a tool that lets teachers and specialists know the interventions, accommodations, and/or modifications that are in place to help your child feel successful.

As appropriate, we offer interventions like:

  • small group reading, spelling and maths support
  • Education Assistant support for eligible students
  • social skills support in small groups on a range of topics

Whatever their needs, we’ll work hard to find ways to help your child thrive.

Secondary School: targeted intervention, guidance and support

Generally, a large part of our Year Seven cohort are students who are new to Great Southern Grammar. Hailing from across the Great Southern and beyond, they’ve all had varying access to Learning Enrichment in Primary School.

In partnership with parents, primary schools, and our Year Seven teachers, the Learning Enrichment team works together to assess and identify learning difficulties and disabilities among our new students.

If your child comes to us with a diagnosed learning difficulty or disability, they may have outgrown their Learning Adjustment Plan (LAP) by the time they arrive. That’s why a big part of Learning Enrichment at this age is tweaking LAPs so that they grow with your child.

And with so many more teachers in the equation, it’s important that your child’s interventions are clear and trackable. Thanks to SEQTA (our Learning Management System) your child’s teachers will have LAPs at their fingertips — all the better to ensure your child gets what they need in class each day.

Senior pathways

As they choose their pathway in Years Eleven and Twelve, your child will likely have a handle on what they need to be successful in school.

Of course, we still offer in-class support if your child needs it. But many of our Secondary School Enrichment students are at the stage where what they need is support and guidance through their chosen subjects.

Your child’s LAP continues to grow with them through their final years of school, and their teachers will continue to be mindful of the accommodations your child needs to be successful.

There are a range of learning interventions available to support your child through Secondary School, including:

  • After school Academic Support with subject teachers
  • In-class accommodations and modifications that suit your child’s needs
  • Teacher-Tutors to help during prep, if your child is a boarder
  • Learning Enrichment English classes across Years Seven to Nine
  • Targeted, year-long classes to support students undergoing OLNA testing

Therapy dogs: relief for when school feels ‘ruff’

One of the most delightful parts of Learning Enrichment at GSG is our extensive therapy dog programme.

Of course, there is no requirement for any child to interact with our therapy dogs. But for many GSG students, a mid-day cuddle with a pup is just what the Doctor ordered.

Access to therapy dogs can be a huge support to any child — and the research is clear. Your child might find that exposure to therapy dogs helps with:

  • nervousness and anxiety
  • self-esteem issues
  • memory and problem-solving
  • stress reduction

Students first

At Great Southern Grammar, your child’s self-esteem is our first priority.

That’s why we’ll do everything we can to support your child to learn in the way that best suits them. If you’ve got questions about how our team can support your child, we encourage you to get in touch.