Learning Support at St Mary’s

Learning Support at St Mary’s School seeks to address the individual child’s needs. Support is aimed at children who require specific intervention. And that intervention is designed to improve the participation and learning outcomes of students.

The aim of these programmes is to provide support to classroom teachers and students throughout the school and this is done in the form of developing specific programmes for individual students, at their own developmental level, which enhances their learning. It may also involve extra personnel working with individual students or groups of students.

St Mary’s School has the following Learning Support programmes in place: Reading Recovery, MacqLit and Extension.

Reading Recovery

Reading Recovery is a short term early literacy intervention program for students in Year One who are having difficulties with reading and writing. Individual students work one-on-one with a specially trained teacher for 30 minutes a day for a period of about 12 to 20 weeks.


MacqLit is an explicit reading intervention program for small groups of students who require additional literacy support. It provides lessons that include all the key components necessary for effective reading instruction: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension.


An extension programme is provided for students in Year Three to Six.  In the programme students have the opportunity to work individually or collaboratively to complete open ended and problem solving tasks.