The Educational Support Centre at Townsville Grammar School performs a vital role in providing additional support to students with learning difficulties and disabilities to assist in their educational development.
The Educational Support Team:
- provides within classroom support to students with learning difficulties in core curriculum subjects;
- provides ongoing guidance and support for students, parents, academic and non-academic staff;
- works collaboratively with all faculties to provide effective planning and scaffolding of learning experiences, programming and assessments for students with learning difficulties and disabilities;
- operates a Literacy Tutorial programme afterschool providing a friendly, supportive and quiet place for students to receive additional assistance with study skills, assignments, research, homework and class work.
In a caring and supportive environment, the Educational Support Centre provides learning opportunities to maximise the educational, social and emotional development of Middle School students during these important years of adolescent growth.
The Educational Support Centre is also responsible for the management the Education Adjustment Program (EAP) in accordance with the Disability Discrimination Act (1992) and the Disability Standards for Education (2005). The EAP is a process for identifying and responding to the educational needs of students with disabilities recognised under the following categories: Autism Spectrum Disorder, hearing impairment, vision impairment, physical impairment, speech-language impairment and intellectual impairment. Adjustments are made for students with disabilities to enable them to access the curriculum, achieve curriculum outcomes and participate in school life. The EAP process involves an ongoing cycle of data collection, planning, program development, intervention, documentation, profiles, evaluation and review. Through the implementation of this process, an increased understanding and awareness of students with special needs has filtered through the whole School.
The Head of Educational Support, Kathryn Tebble, is committed to identifying the barriers that inhibit some students from participating in, and achieving their full potential within their educational development. Access to Educational Support is on a referral basis, from parents, administration or teachers.Kathryn Tebble can be contacted on (07) 4722 4989 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org .