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Assisted learning

Curro Burgundy offers high-quality assisted learning within the mainstream curriculum for learners from Grade R to Grade 3. Our approach to specialised education is meant for learners who need additional support to achieve expected competencies in the core academic skills – literacy and numeracy. Our dedicated teachers build a close relationship with each learner, so that their unique educational needs can be accommodated.

We accommodate learners who have specific learning difficulties such as ADHD and anxiety disorders.

 

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, immediate support 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 immediate support and smaller classrooms where they can get the support they need and not risk falling behind their classmates. Learners can still 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?

Our learners follow the regular mainstream CAPS-curriculum, but our small classes allow our dedicated teachers and specialised therapists to build a personal relationship with each learner and help them in the classroom as needed. Thereby, we can accommodate each learner according to their unique mental or physical needs. We also arrange for additional one-on-one sessions in the remedial support centre when we notice that more in-depth assistance is needed.

Our classrooms are designed promote concentration and serenity, while our daily school times and schedules remain consistent throughout the year. Thereby, we create a great sense of security for learners prone to emotional or routine-related needs.

We also minimise visual and tactile obstacles by considering the learning environment as a whole. Overhead lights are strategically placed, assessments are often printed on off-yellow paper rather than stark white paper, font sizes are often enlarged on assessments, and learners may apply for other assessment accommodations during exams.

 

What is the difference between assisted learning and remedial learning?

Remedial learning involves a tailored study path to address a learner’s specific difficulties and learners often remain in remedial learning throughout their school careers. Assisted learning, however, allows learners to gain immediate support while still following the traditional curriculum.

For learners to benefit from assisted learning, they need to be able to maintain the basics of the mainstream curriculum with the support provided by the school. Learners who are unable to do so, would benefit more from remedial learning than assisted learning.

 

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 function in a mainstream society. Furthermore, learners gain access to assessment accommodations and other means of assistance that might not have been available at a mainstream school.

While teachers at mainstream schools care deeply and want to help learners who need assisted learning, they often don’t have the necessary skills or support system in place to do so. Therefore, teachers at assisted learning schools undergo wide varieties of training to ensure that they can support their learners as best possible.

 

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 severe physical disabilities, intellectual impairment or Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD). Learners with severe disabilities or impairments would benefit more from remedial education or schools that specialise in providing specific intervention.

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