Learning support at Wyndham College
Wyndham College has a range of educational options to support students with special learning needs which require additional support.
Every student is entitled to attend a NSW public school. If our school is your local school and your first preference, we suggest you talk to our principal to discuss your son’s or daughter’s needs and options.
Following your discussion, their learning needs will be assessed so that decisions can be made about whether they would be best suited to learning:
- in a regular class with additional support, or
- in a special class in a regular or special school.
You will be involved in any decision about the type of support.
Learning and support team
Referrals to the learning and support team can be made by advising the learning and support teacher and by completing a learning and support team student referral form.
The learning and support team consists of learning and support teacher, Head Teacher teaching and learning, Deputy Principals, Careers Advisers, Transition Advisers and Head Teacher Special Education.
Learning and support teacher (LaST)
The learning and support teacher (LaST) provides assistance to students that have diagnosed disabilities or students that have been identified as requiring additional learning supports due to low ability or learning difficulties.
The LaST at Wyndham College employs school learning support officers (SLSOs) or teacher's aides to run individual programs, small group programs and attend classes to assist students within the classroom environment in a range of subjects.
The LaST plan, implement, model, monitor and evaluate individualised adjustments for learning with classroom teachers, students and parents/carers. The LaST also tests students literacy and numeracy capabilities, through standardised testing, in order to gain a better understanding of individual students learning needs. Student learning support plans are then devised to address the students needs, and provide information and teaching strategies to their classroom teachers, to ensure the best learning environment is created.
If you have concerns about your son’s or daughter’s development or progress at school, or if they have special learning needs which have changed, please contact the school, so we can best cater for your needs.
Life Skills subjects
All students are entitled to participate in and progress through the curriculum. Life Skills courses provide course options for students with special education needs in Years 7–12 who cannot access the regular course outcomes, particularly students with an intellectual disability.
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English as an additional language or dialect
Wyndham College has a highly dedicated and proficient English as an additional language or dialect (EAL/D) teacher in the English faculty. Students, for whom English is not their first language, have access to a wide range of EAL/D teaching and learning strategies and programs. At Wyndham College, we encourage our EAL/D students to maintain their first language background.
Our EAL/D teachers designs a unique program for each student that is tailored to their specific English language needs. These programs are implemented in a variety of subjects and can occur in any of the following modes:
- individual student withdrawal
- team teaching
- whole class teaching by the EAL/D teacher
- individual student learning in the subject classroom.