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Learning Advisors

The Learning Advisor role is pivotal to the success of students at Ormiston Senior College.
 
Providing each student with a learning advisor addresses the essence of our vision and values. In particular the role provides for personalised learning opportunities that are flexible and authentic and that meet each student’s aspirations and educational needs.

The Goals of the Learning Advisor:
•To ensure each student is well-known and valued by at least one significant adult at school (Research shows that knowing the learner is one of the key ways to improve achievement)
• To ensure each student has someone who supports their academic and social growth
• To support students to take responsibility for their own learning
• To provide the main link between school, the family and the community
• To ensure each student’s needs are met.
 
How will this work?
Each student is allocated a Learning Advisor who, in most cases, they will be with for their three years at Ormiston Senior College. It is expected that in the first three years there will be no more than 12 - 16 students allocated to each Learning Advisor. Every teacher in the school including the principal and senior leaders are Learning Advisors. Students make contact with their Learning Advisor each day, and have regular formal meetings several times each term. In addition the Learning Advisor has regular contact with family (generally through email) to communicate all aspects of progress. A meeting with parents takes place twice a year. The Learning Advisor is the first port of call for both the students and their parents; someone who can discuss curriculum choices from year to year and liaise with the student’s subject teachers. It is planned that student progress will be available on-line for the student, parent and Learning Advisor to access which will enable conversations to be relevant and focused on up-to-date information from subject teachers.
At the formal meeting the learning advisor will work with the student to:
• Track and map NCEA progress
• Set and review short and long term learning goals
• Discuss deadlines to be met
• Discuss learning issues
• Discuss co-curricular involvement
• Provide pastoral care
• Enable the student to take responsibility for his/her own learning
• Provide guidance for life beyond school including planning career pathways.