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Canterbury Boys High School

Canterbury Boys High School

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Learning support

We monitor each student's progress and provide additional learning support if this is required.

Our specialist staff work in partnership with parents and carers to assist students with additional learning and support needs.

Our school is committed to working with Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander parents and community members in developing personalised pathways for our students.

The Learning Support Faculty is committed to supporting all students and their individual learning needs across all faculties in the school. The faculty is made up of expert teachers and support staff in the following areas:

  • Learning and Support Teacher (LaST)
  • English as an Additional Language/Dialect Teacher (EAL/D)
  • School Learning Support Officer (SLSO)
  • Careers Adviser
  • Teacher Librarian
  • Transition Officer

What programs/courses do we offer?

The Learning Support Faculty offers a wide range of programs and strategies to support identified students:

  • Stage 4 (Year 7 and 8) – Intensive Literacy Program, parallel English/EALD class, Social Skills Program, team teaching and special provisions.
  • Stage 5 (Years 9 and 10) – Intensive Literacy Program, parallel English/EALD Class, team teaching, numeracy program and special provisions.
  • Stage 6 (college classes) – team teaching and HSC Disability Provisions.


Some possible links that may be of assistance in the learning support progams run at our school include:

The NESA disability provision webpage.

The NESA life skills webpage.

For all learning support faculty enquiries, please contact the Head Teacher of Learning Support, Ms Tess Cassar on 02 9798 8444.

If you would like to make a referral to the Learning Support Team, please contact the head teacher to make an appointment to discuss how we can best meet the needs of your child.

Additional information:

Learning and Support Teacher (LaST)

The LaST provides specialist assistance to students with additional learning and support needs in regular classes, small groups or individual support. The LaST works collaboratively with the classroom teacher to support the learning and educational needs of identified students.

The LaST is responsible for planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating programs to ensure access by students with learning difficulties as well as building the capacity of teachers to support students with a diverse range of learning needs. Students with a diagnosed disability have a Personalised Learning Support Plan which identifies their learning needs and how these needs will be addressed.

The NESA coordinator is responsible for the co-ordination of HSC Disability Provisions applications to NESA for students whose learning needs make them eligible for extra support in the HSC.

School Learning Support Officer (SLSO)

The SLSO works closely with the LaST and provides support to identified students with disabilities (intellectual, physical, emotional/mental health needs) with their learning in regular classes. The SLSO also assists in the implementation of Personalised Learning and Support Plans. 

English as an Additional Language/Dialect teacher (EAL/D)

The EAL/D teacher, formerly known as an ESL teacher, assists students whose first language is not English to develop their English language skills and improve language competence across the curriculum. EAL/D students are supported through parallel English classes, team teaching across the curriculum, and small group support. The EAL/D teacher works collaboratively with the classroom teacher to ensure content is made accessible to EAL/D students by differentiating the curriculum and modifying programs and/or resources. The EAL/D teacher is also responsible for building the capacity of teachers to support EAL/D students.

Nationally Consistent Collection of Data

The Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on school students with disability (NCCD) is an annual count of the number of students with disability receiving educational adjustments to support their participation in education on the same basis as students without disability. The Learning Support Faculty at Canterbury Boys' High School collects and collates information on students in accordance with NCCD policy.

For more information visit the NCCD website.

Extra-curricular programs led by Learning Support

Our school offers a number of extra-curricular activities led by Learning Support, which include: 

  • Social Skills Program: a program which supports the development of students' communication skills to increase their confidence at school and within the community
  • Link Program: addresses the social, vocational and living skills of students with a confirmed disability, through a variety of teaching and learning opportunities, including community based excursions
  • Intensive Literacy Program: Our Intensive Literacy program aims to significantly enhance the literacy outcomes of students within a supportive learning environment. Students in Stage 4 (Years 7- 8) who are achieving below their age or stage level in literacy are offered Intensive Literacy support to consolidate their learning skills. Students are placed in small groups to develop their vocabulary, spelling, grammar, reading, comprehension and writing.