Teaching & Learning at Christ's College

The Learning Centre

The Learning Centre encapsulates a unique and valuable support resource at Christ’s College. We know that some boys learn in a different way and require extra help.

The Learning Centre provides a safe learning environment and a more personalised programme, enabling every boy to grow. It develops individual learning profiles for students, sharing information with classroom teachers to support ongoing success. When a family joins College, we meet and discuss specific learning requirements. We ensure additional testing of literacy and numeracy skills for all Year 9 broad-banded classes, or new boys to the school in older years, at the start of the year to collect as much information as possible about our students. Teachers then have the information to enable a more personalised learning programme, so each boy is able to achieve at his best. The Learning Centre is staffed by five full-time teachers who specialise in assisting students with developing literacy and numeracy skills. They offer the following support: • Literacy and learning support for students at all year levels • Numeracy support for students at all year levels • Individual and small group learning on a weekly basis • Specialist classes in Years 9–10 for literacy skills • ESL tuition.

Learning support sessions can focus on general literacy and numeracy skills or address needs relating to work in class and assessments from various subjects. They are not limited to English or Mathematics, but are applied to any subject that can benefit from help. In addition to specific student sessions, The Learning Centre oversees special assistance for students with diagnosed learning differences. If a student needs diagnostic testing, boys have access to Lucid testing. A specialist software, Lucid can be a first step to extra help for formal assessments. Staff also work with an educational psychologist, who visits College to assess students when a more in- depth profile is required. The Learning Centre is further supported by a specialist administrator for reader/writers for NCEA assessments. All necessary resources are utilised to ensure every student has an equal opportunity to succeed in a way that reflects the best of his ability.

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