‘Learning-focused relationships are about using the considerable potential in the relationship between teacher and student to maximise the student’s engagement with learning; about enabling the student to play a meaningful role in deciding what to learn and how to learn it; and about enabling the student to become a confident, resilient, active, self-regulating learner.’
From Clarity in the Classroom, Michael Absolum
All learning at Southern Cross Campus College is based around and focused on the student at the centre of the learning. Students are consistently encouraged by their teachers to take responsibility for their learning and to understand their next steps to make progress. This is done through an emphasis on teachers building and maintaining learning focused relationships in the classroom. This is being developed through teachers
SOLO taxonomy is a framework used in the College to help create learning contexts where students can understand the next steps in their learning and to achieve to a high level. Critical and creative thinking is also paramount in the skills which our students need to develop. The College is also developing and building teachers skills in using innovative learning practice as we want our students to leave school to be future successful learners in the 21st Century.
To assist students in their learning the school can offer ESOL support to those students in need. The Accelerated Learning Department also is well established and can provide effective support for students with high learning needs.
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Support is also given to those students studying at NCEA level in the form of a range of mentoring groups who come into the school and work with the students on a frequent basis. The most longstanding one of these is the school’s association with the Great Potentials University of Auckland Mentoring Programme (MATES). This has allowed for at least twelve Year 13 students each year to meet with a mentor who is a University of Auckland student to gain guidance and support with their studies.
One other very important structure or system of support is the Learning Advisor Groups that all students belong to. All students meet with their Learning Advisors three times a week to reflect on their learning, discuss progress and receive guidance to ensure that school is a positive and successful time for them.