The Learning Enrichment Team at Berinba offers a range of support services to assist students, including Learning Support, Gifted and High Potential education, and supporting students with diagnosed disabilities.
These services are designed to support students who require specialised instruction in areas of the curriculum, particularly in Literacy and Numeracy. Support is offered in several ways; in the classroom working alongside the classroom teacher, in small groups on a withdrawal basis, and working with individuals. Explanation, direction, and structure are given, so that learning is a scaffolded process which takes place in a safe environment.
Prior knowledge of the student, based on assessments conducted by our specialist Learning Enrichment teachers, previous reports, and consultation with the class teacher, create a thorough understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the individual. They also draw attention to the student’s preferred and specific learning styles. Continued communication between parents, classroom and Learning Enrichment teachers is vital in developing a holistic approach for each student.
Learning Enrichment teachers encourage students to build their knowledge and skills, become risk takers, to work to their full potential, and to monitor their learning by reflecting and reviewing their progress, based on feedback from other students and teachers. Positive reinforcement by teachers and peers, combined with self-motivation, is the key to learning. Students feel motivated, encouraged and supported by our specialist teachers, knowing that a new concept will be reinforced or practically demonstrated to deepen understanding, so that they can become confident and tenacious learners.
In 2022, we were able to offer additional support to 55 students in Semester One and 52 students in Semester Two using evidence-based literacy intervention programs. In 2023 we are able to offer up to 90 hours across the school to provide additional learning enrichment to a variety of students addressing academic, social and emotional needs. We are already supporting 36 students, with the capacity to include more students as students settle into their new class routines.
COVID Intensive Learning Support (COVID ILSP)
The COVID ILSP program supports students who have been affected by extended periods of learning from home primarily because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The program provides small group tuition primarily focused on literacy and numeracy.
Learning Enrichment Team Staff
The Learning Enrichment Team consists of both teachers and learning support officers with over 90 years of combined experience in education.
(photo) Rebecca Blenkin: Ms Blenkin in the Assistant Principal managing the Learning Enrichment Team. She supports students and teachers across the school using evidence-based programs as well as her wealth of knowledge of literacy and numeracy interventions and teaching strategies. She supports students in small groups or individually both in and out of the classroom.
(photo)Louise Armour: Mrs Armour supports students across the school using evidence based programs as well as her extensive wealth of knowledge of literacy and numeracy interventions. Mrs Armour works with students in small groups both in and out of the classroom.
(photo)Margie Hinch: Mrs Hinch supports students across the school through a strengths-based approach to develop the strategies and tools needed to thrive in the school environment such as emotional regulation, cognitive planning, time management and social skills working with students individually or in small groups.
(photo) Tara Timosevski: Miss Timo supports students in Year One and Two using the MiniLit literacy and reading program.
(photo) Lillian Dickson: Mrs Dickson supports students in Year One and Two using the MiniLit literacy and reading program.
What can you do if you feel your child needs support
As a parent you may have concerns about your child and their progress. If you have any concerns we encourage you to discuss these with your child’s classroom teacher. The classroom teacher will then work with the learning enrichment team to establish a pathway that best supports your child.