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Academic Support Programme
Philosophy
Boys who have difficulty in the academic subjects need to be helped to understand that they are intelligent beings who are valued. They need to know what they are good at: strengths must be built up, along with their self-concept and sense of individuality. Weaknesses need to be explained and addressed. Teachers and parents are also offered support in helping the boy, as it requires a united team effort to guide each boy to his full potential.

 

Academic Support at St John’s PrepARATORY
We have a full-time Academic Support teacher in the Prep. There is no additional charge for lessons.

Boys are referred for lessons from the Pre-Prep Academic Support teacher. Boys who are underachieving may also be referred by their class teachers. Parents who are concerned may be involved in the process.

Timetabling of lessons is carefully planned so that boys do not miss work. Boys are also consulted about suitable times. These lessons may be one-on-one, or in small groups of two or three. Frequency of lessons varies depending on needs.

The Academic Support teacher works closely with all teachers involved with the boy and maintains contact with parents. Advice is given and boys may be referred for external assessing. Individual education plans are drawn up for each boy.  Boys are encouraged to explore how their own mind works, and helped to find strategies to make their learning experience more meaningful.

Teachers are kept up to date with new ideas and new insights into understanding the learning process. Staff workshops are held to share strategies and tips to help improve the learning experience.

Regular information evenings are arranged for parents to share in understanding how their son/s learn and what learning strategies they can use at home.

The Academic Support teacher is responsible for conducting study skills strategy sessions with all classes.

From Grade 8, boys are referred to the College Academic Support teacher, Mrs Sue De Witte.

 

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