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Assisted learning

What is assisted learning?

Children learn in different ways and some may require assistance in developing competencies in fundamental processes required to perform to the best of their abilities. Therefore, assisted learning at Curro Rosen Castle provides high quality, immediate support to learners who need additional help.

This approach helps children who benefit from on-hand support and a smaller classroom environment where they can get the encouragement they need. Children who remain in assisted learning during their school careers can still write the national matric exams with the necessary support and academic concessions provided by the Education Department and the school.

 

How does our assisted learning stream work?

At Curro Rosen Castle, our children follow the regular mainstream CAPS-curriculum, but our small class size allow our dedicated teachers and specialised school therapists to build a personal relationship with each child and help them in the classroom as needed. Thereby, we can accommodate each child according to their unique cognitive needs. We also arrange for additional one-on-one sessions with school therapists 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 children prone to emotional or routine-related needs. We also minimise visual and tactile obstacles by considering the learning environment. For example, overhead lights are strategically placed to minimise visual bother.

 

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 and education department through academic concessions. Learners who are unable to do so, would benefit more from remedial learning than assisted learning.

 

How is it 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 in higher grades gain access to academic concessions and other means of assistance that might not be 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 systems 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?

This approach aims to reintegrate learners into mainstream environments. Therefore, it is not suitable for learners with high-intervention needs, such as severe physical disabilities, intellectual impairment or Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), who may be unable to function in mainstream environments. Learners with severe disabilities or impairments would benefit more from remedial education or schools that specialise in providing specific intervention.

 

What are the benefits of having an assisted learning option?

  • Small class sizes (maximum 15)
  • In-house early intervention school therapists and highly trained teachers
  • Personal attention from the teacher
  • Improved communication with peers
  • Fewer disruptions and more time for learning
  • Designed to promote concentration and serenity

 

On-site support team

At Curro Rosen Castle, we have several qualified early-intervention professionals available on our campus, including an occupational therapist, speech therapist and remedial therapist.


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