Learning Support

St Patrick’s College Learning Support Department provides assistance for students in mainstream classes. This support ranges from teacher aide guidance in classes, reader/writer assistance for senior assessments and monitoring of numeracy and literacy needs.

Learning needs are identified by way of testing in Year 8, feedback from contributing schools, teacher and parent observations and professional assessments provided by parents.

To ensure the best start for your son at St Patrick’s College please complete the SAC History form provided in the Enrolment Pack if you know he has a diagnosed learning difficulty.

Students with Specific Learning Difficulties
St Patrick’s College recognises that a range of specific learning difficulties including dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD, Asperger’s and those with auditory and visual processing delays experience can have a significant impact on school life. Our school is committed to addressing this. These students do not attract any funding. They are fully mainstreamed and are supported by the Learning Support Department and in some cases also receive teacher aide support.

Junior School
Year 9 and 10 students who are having difficulties with numeracy and literacy will be in classes with extra learning support. The curriculum is adapted to the student’s needs, the classes are smaller and some classes have a teacher aide to support the teacher. For the end of year examinations, students who are identified will have reader/Writer support.

Senior School
There are a number of alternative classes that focus on students who have difficulties learning. Time spent in preparation for assessments will be based on the learning styles and abilities of the students. In some classes, there is Tutor support for small groups. For Level 1, 2 and 3 students who have qualified for NZQA Special Assessment Conditions will receive reader/writer support.

Special Assessment Conditions (SACs)
Special Assessment Conditions may be given for students with recognised learning difficulties, physical disabilities, sight or hearing impairment, or a medical condition. To be eligible for SACs, data to support the application is needed from a registered assessor and from school-based evidence.

For more information please contact Head of Department Michelle Duffy on 04 939 3070 ext 262 or email michelle.duffy@stpats.school.nz