LEARNING SUPPORT IN JECO COLLEGE
As an inclusive school that believes all children should get a quality education – no matter their learning challenges or physical disabilities – we have a Learning Support Unit (LSU) in Jeco College. The aim of the LSU is to provide special educational needs (SEN) for children with learning difficulties, and this makes us one of the few schools with learning support services in Nigeria.
In our school, learning support is a two-way flow of information between all stakeholders, including the principal, specialist teachers, subject teachers, class teachers, parents and facilitators. The services available at our LSU are accessible to two major categories of students generally referred to as Core and Non-Core students within mainstream classrooms.
OUR LEARNING SUPPORTS FOR CORE AND NON-CORE STUDENTS
The “Core” students consist of students with obvious learning disabilities. They access the curriculum (although reduced) designed to suit their individual learning needs; they receive one-on-one or small-group teaching on curriculum subjects like English, Mathematics and Sciences.
Furthermore, being a school with learning support services, we also make them undergo educational therapy, and “functional skills” training for life skills.
The “Non-Core” students, on the other hand, comprise of students with specific learning disorders. These may manifest itself in various dimensions such as an imperfect ability to listen, think, speak, read, write, spell or do mathematical calculations; the manifestation can as well include conditions such as perceptual disabilities, brain injury, minimal brain dysfunction, dyslexia and developmental aphasia, among others.
This category of students have access to specific learning reinforcement services and educational therapy.
To be included in society – and be provided with the best learning opportunities – is a basic desire of every child. It is upon this premise that our Learning Support Unit was created to ensure that all children are valued and equally treated with respect. We provide real learning opportunities and appropriate interventions needed per child.
Here is how we support special educational needs students via our Learning Support Unit:
- Students’ classroom observations by professionals
- Offering advice to teachers and parents
- One-on-one or small-group tutoring to enhance students’ learning experiences and achievements
- Delivering subject reinforcement lessons for recommended students for optimal learning achievements and weaning them off the programme once there is evidence of consistent progress over a period of time
- Ensuring that every student fits into a mainstream classroom to promote social integration and a sense of belonging
- Identifying “red flags” and recommending assessments where necessary
- Holding meetings with parents, following through with each student’s progress
- Designing and delivering workshops to educate parents etc.