With teachers already aware of the learning needs of each individual, students at Illawarra Christian School are well supported as they transition into their secondary years.
The high level of communication with parents and the stable learning environment in classrooms benefit our students who face challenging circumstances.
An Individual Education Plan is created for students who have special needs in physical, learning or mental health areas. The plan sets goals and provides recommendations on how to meet the particular needs of the student in each subject. IEPs are developed in consultation with parents and are updated as new information becomes available.
In Years 7–10 English and Mathematics, additional small classes support students who have particular struggles with literacy or numeracy. More targeted instruction and more access to teacher assistance enable these students to thrive. After a semester or two with the small group, students often improve sufficiently to move into the larger class.
Teacher aides provide assistance in some classes, especially in practical areas where a student may struggle with the physical or safety aspects of the work.
Where appropriate, we provide assistance with assessment tasks so that students might fully demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the subject area. NESA offers a range of special provisions for HSC students, and we apply for these when we are confident the requirements for provision are met.
We offer Life Skills courses for the occasional students who have more severe learning disabilities. Where possible, these courses are conducted within the context of a larger class, but one-on-one teaching may also be required.