Stronger Partnerships To Support Access To Opportunities In Schools
To better support our students to access opportunities in schools, the Ministry of Education (MOE) will be strengthening our partnership with parents and the community via the school-based student care centres, the school-based dyslexia remediation programme and collaborations with Parent Support Groups (PSGs).
Partnerships with Student Care Centre (SCC) service providers
MOE will be working in partnership with SCC service providers to expand school-based SCCs to 40 more primary schools over the next two years, covering a total of 120 primary schools or close to two-thirds of all primary schools. The 40 additional school-based SCCs are expected to benefit another 2,500 students, on top of the existing 7,500 students enrolled today in school-based SCCs.
School-based SCCs provide an important support for students, especially those who could benefit from a structured and supportive environment in after school care, and particularly where parents are both working.
MOE will continue to support schools to strengthen the collaboration with SCC service providers, and to improve the quality, accessibility and affordability of school-based SCCs. Please refer to Annex A for the list of schools with school-based SCCs as of 2014, and the schools with plans to set up school-based SCCs in 2014.
Partnerships with parents to support School-based Dyslexia Remediation (SDR)
MOE has further expanded the School-based Dyslexia Remediation (SDR) programme to 20 more primary schools in 2014, to now cover a total of 62 primary schools or close to a third of all primary schools. Another 180 students are expected to benefit in the additional 20 primary schools. This is on top of the existing 810 students already supported in the existing 42 primary schools.
The SDR programme is a two-year intervention for Primary Three and Four students who are identified through a systematic screening process for dyslexia conducted at the end of Primary Two. As part of the SDR programme, materials were created to partner parents to enhance the support for their children with dyslexia. For example, schools engaged parents by updating parents regularly on their children’s learning progress using the progress monitoring booklet. Parents are encouraged to use the reading booklets provided for the school holidays to practise reading with their children and work on literacy activities to ensure continued support.
Interim findings from the two-year pilot in 2012 and 2013 showed that students who had participated in the SDR programme had improved in their reading and spelling skills. Their teachers observed that the students grew in confidence and were more positive towards learning. The involvement of parents also had a positive impact on the students’ achievements and attitudes towards the dyslexia remediation.
Please refer to Annex B for the list of schools providing the SDR programme.
Partnerships with parents in Parent Support Groups (PSGs)
MOE will provide all schools with an annual top-up of their Parent Support Group (PSG) Fund of up to $2,500 per year, starting from 2014.
The PSG Fund aims to support schools in strengthening their parent engagement efforts, and to enhance the capacity of PSGs in supporting schools’ holistic development of their students.
Since its launch in 2012 as a seed funding, the Fund has enabled schools to better engage parents and promote parent-child bonding by organising activities such as parent education workshops, school parent-engagement projects, and community projects. Encouraged by these, we want to support more such efforts. Please refer to Annex C for sample of activities supported by PSG Fund.