From January 2020, Curro Monaghan will offer an assisted learning stream for learners in Grade 2 to Grade 4, alongside our current mainstream offering. The assisted learning stream is aimed at learners who require additional support in order to achieve the expected competencies in the core academic skills: literacy and numeracy. The goal is to reintegrate them in the mainstream environment within two to three years.
We accommodate learners with general learning difficulties, as well as learners with processing disorders, General Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Asperger’s syndrome, and high-functioning learners on the autism spectrum.
What is assisted learning?
Children learn in different ways and some may require assistance in developing increased competencies in reading and other fundamental processes, in order to perform to the best of their abilities. Therefore, assisted learning provides high quality, individual assistance to learners who need additional help in order to achieve the expected competencies in the core academic skills.
Assisted learning helps children who benefit from personal attention and smaller classrooms where they can get the support they need and not risk falling behind their classmates. These learners can still progress to Grade 12 and write the national matric exams with the necessary support and concessions provided by the Education Department and the school.
How does our assisted learning stream work?
Learners who need academic intervention are moved to smaller classes where they can get the individual assistance and attention needed while still following the regular curriculum.
Learners are monitored carefully by teachers to notice when they seem to be struggling with the basic skills taught. The relevant support team will then take them from the level at which they are currently functioning – based on their individual needs – to the point where they can be reintroduced into the mainstream classes.
Our assisted learning team consists of on-site, early intervention professionals:
- Educational psychologist
- Speech and language therapist
- Occupational therapist
- Paediatric physiotherapist
- Support teacher focusing on English and Mathematics
What is the difference between assisted learning and remedial education?
Remedial education involves a tailored study path to address a learner’s specific difficulties and learners often remain in remedial education throughout their school careers. Assisted learning, however, allows learners to gain individual assistance while still following the traditional curriculum. The aim is to ultimately reintegrate them into mainstream classes where they will no longer require individual assistance.
How is assisted learning different from mainstream schooling?
Besides providing academic intervention, assisted learning offers a nurturing environment that helps learners to develop self-esteem and the life skills necessary to cope in a mainstream school environment. We also focus on auditory, visual and kinaesthetic stimuli using a practical, hands-on approach within small groups, which helps to instil confidence.
Is assisted learning meant for learners with severe disabilities or impairments?
Assisted learning aims to reintegrate learners into mainstream environments. Therefore, it is not suitable for learners with high-intervention needs who are unable to manage in mainstream environments, such as physical disabilities, intellectual impairment or Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD). Learners with severe disabilities or impairments would benefit more from remedial education.