Some students have difficulties learning to read, write or work with numbers due to a range of reasons, for example a disability, transience or missed schooling due to illness.
Some examples of learning disability are:
- specific learning disorder with impairment in reading (dyslexia)
- central auditory processing disorder
- language disorder
- developmental coordination disorder
- specific learning disorder with impairment in mathematics (dyscalculia)
- speech sound disorder
- attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder.
The school does not need a formal diagnosis of a learning disability to provide students with support.
Schools identify and respond to learning needs regardless of cause, through ongoing monitoring and assessment of student progress. Schools support students by using differentiated teaching practices, assistive technology and where necessary focused and intensive teaching.
The department's Reading Centre opened at the beginning of the 2016 school year to provide specialist advice to educators and parents on how to teach reading and support readers, including strategies for students with dyslexia. Their website provides information, resources and contacts for the centre.