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Academic Support

Teacher Support Team (TST)     Teachers of each grade meet once a term, or when the need arises, with the Teacher Support Team (TST). The TST for a particular grade is made up of the three grade educators and the remedial teacher (or SENCO*), who is the TST chairperson. The TST meets to evaluate the performance of each of the children in that particular grade. The TST advises the class teacher on how best to deal with the particular barriers the children may be experiencing.

Those children with specific learning challenges are identified, and after perusing the particular learner’s “Profile” a programme of intervention is designed. The learner’s parents are informed of the TST’s recommendation.

*SENCO (Special Education Needs Co-ordinator)   In order to ensure that Rhenish Primary School is an inclusive, equal-opportunity educational environment, the school has a SENCO based at the school. The role of the SENCO is to arrange TST meetings as well as liaise with and compile information from parents, teachers and others in the particular child’s multi-disciplinary educational team. In so doing, a decision can be made and implemented as to the best educational approach to help the child.

TAT (Teacher Aided Tuition)     TAT lessons are offered to the Foundation Phase learners who are not keeping up with the progress of the rest of their class in Mathematics, Reading or Phonics. These children are taught in small groups (between 6 to 8 children per group). Grade 1 and 2 children attend TAT leasons between 13:10 and 14:10, while Grade 3 children attend their lessons from 14:15 to 14:45. TAT lessons are offered at no extra cost.

Learning Support Lessons     Learning Support lessons are offered to children in Grade 1-3 who are experiencing difficulties with school work. These children may attend individual lessons or group lessons with children who are facing similar problems (maximum of four children per group). Remedial lessons are attended during the normal school day. An additional fee is charged for these classes.

Extra Lessons    Extra Mathematics lessons are offered in the afternoons to children in Grades 4-7. Tutoring may also be recommended in other subjects if a child requires some extra attention. An additional fee is charged for these classes.

Speech and Language Therapy    Those children who have been identified with specific speech and/or language problems may attend Speech-Language Therapy during the school hours. The therapist liaises closely with the TST and is available for meetings with parents and teachers. Additional fees are charged for these classes.

Occupational Therapy    Children who need assistance with the development of fine and gross motor skills, visual perception, visual motor integration and sensory integration may be referred to the Occupational Therapist. An OT visits the school twice a week, and therapy is offered during the school day. The therapist liaises closely with the TST and is available for meetings with parents and teachers. Additional fees are charged for these classes.

Educational Psychologist    An academic or emotional assessment by an Educational Psychologist will be suggested if any child is struggling to make sufficient progress after attending TAT or Remedial lessons.