Courtenay Gardens Primary School has a number of students with special needs who are supported by the Program for Students with Disabilities. Disabilities include mild intellectual disability, physical disability, vision or hearing disability or autism spectrum disorder.
This support is provided by Integration Aides throughout the various grade levels. The aides support students by modifying work, helping students engage or by helping the classroom teacher. Students receive support for part of the day or week depending on their needs.
Some students also participate in speech therapy or occupational therapy provided by the school. Some students receive visiting teacher support.
In order to qualify for the Program for Students with Disabilities, students are required to meet criteria regarding their particular difficulty. Applications are completed and provided to DET. Any funding is then allocated to the school to use as the school sees best to support that student. Individual learning goals are set at Student Support Group Meetings which are held each term. Parents are always invited to attend.
CGPS uses a research-based literacy intervention program called Fountas and Pinnell to help those students needing extra assistance with their reading & writing skills. This program focuses on primarily on selected students in grades 1 and 2 to ensure they don’t get left behind in their critical early years of learning. The program also helps builds confidence by using practical, proven strategies in small groups. Ultimately, we try to encourage every student to enjoy reading with the goal that they become lifelong independent learners.