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East Hills Boys High School

East Hills Boys High School

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Learning Support

Welcome To Learning Support At East Hills Boys High School

Our faculty assists students who are having learning difficulties with our primary focus being engagement and inclusivity. Learning Support plays an integral part in the classroom. Our School Learning Support Officers (SLSOs) provide time, expertise and encouragement to students who have issues with learning or focus.

Our faculty is committed to following the guidelines and policies of the NSW Department of Education. Please click on the link below to learn more about Learning Support and NSW education

Personalised support for student learning (nsw.gov.au)


Our support is for students with:

  • Learning difficulties such as dyslexia, dyscalculia, dyspraxia, ADD, ADHD, Expressive and Receptive Language Delay

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

  • Mental health disorders, including anxiety (with lower level support needs)

  • Vision, hearing and mobility needs


Support for students include:

  • Providing in class support and withdrawal support for individuals and small groups
  • Making adjustments to the delivery to the curriculum 
  • Creating Personalised Learning and Support Plans (PLASPs) which outline student learning goals and provide strategies for staff to implement to meet the learning needs of identified students
  • Implementing MacqLit and QuickSmart Programs to assist literacy and numeracy outcomes
  • Providing targeted support in Reading Comprehension Groups
  • Organising exam and assessment provisions to make the curriculum accessible to all students
  • Making applications to NESA to provide adequate exam provisions for students undertaking the Higher School Certificate
  • Externally Funded Service Providers - Parents can make a request to the school to access outside services for their child during school hours (ie Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Speech Therapy, Exercise Physiology or Specialist Behaviour Support).


Learning And Support Teachers (LASTs)

  • Assist classroom teachers in differentiating work
  • Work one on one with students to assist them with their individual learning needs
  • Create Personalised Learning and Support Plans (PLASPs) for students 
  • Apply for funding for students with additional learning and support needs
  • Are an integral part of the Welfare and Learning Support teams
  • Create Student Learning Profiles to assist with adjustments for learning
  • Coordinate with external support services including vision and hearing support staff
  • Coordinate SLSOs


School Learning and Support Officers (SLSOs)

  • Provide in class general support and targeted support to students with identified  learning needs 
  • Provide verbal, non-verbal, written and visual prompts
  • Encourage attentiveness to ensure positive engagement
  • Model required work and provide additional examples
  • Explain and scaffold tasks 
  • Provide positive reinforcement that is genuine and explicit 
  • Provide practical support in the Auto Shed, where Year 10 students can acquire and develop automotive skills
  • Maintain thorough records of their support for tracking student progress and for teacher and parent reference


MacqLit and QuickSmart

Mrs Aouad, Mrs Gosling-Smith and Miss Abboud support students with literacy and numeracy needs. Students work in small groups to target their learning needs with the goal of meeting classroom outcomes.

The Macquarie Literacy Program for small group instruction. MacqLit is an explicit and systematic reading intervention program for small groups of older low-progress readers. It provides teachers with a comprehensive sequence of lessons that includes all the key components necessary for effective reading instruction: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency and vocabulary which subsequently increases comprehension.

For more information about MacqLit, please visit:MacqLit - MultiLit

QuickSmart is an intervention program designed for students who experience persistent difficulties in literacy and/or numeracy. The aim of QuickSmart is to enable students to become automatic (quick) in their basic skills in order to move onto more complex problem-solving skills (smart). 

For further information about QuickSmart, please visit: QuickSmart – Numeracy and Literacy (une.edu.au)