What is LAP?
What is the Learning Assistance Programme?
The Learning Assistance Programme (LAP) was established in South Australia in 1976 in a suburban Secondary School. Since then, hundreds of South Australian schools with students from Reception to Year 12 have introduced this programme. Schools in other States of Australia and a growing number of international schools overseas have also adopted this unique educational programme.
Student centred and volunteer/mentor based, LAP provides one-to-one learning support, enrichment and care for students of all ages with diverse academic and personal needs through the powerful and positive contributions of mentors/volunteers.
The Learning Assistance Programme assists schools to:
- Develop positive relationships between students/mentors in a safe, one-to-one environment;
- Increase the self-esteem and confidence of students of all ages and year levels;
- Support the successful learning of students;
- Promote, encourage and value parent and community commitment and partcipation;
- Foster parent and teacher relationships; and
- Create a genuine sense of community within the school
The relationship-centred LAP programme provides mentors with heart-warming experiences in which qualities like empathy, patience and confidence-building thrive. Schools are supported through professional development and consultancy services and have access to a range of resources as outlined in the resources section of this site.
The Learning Assistance Programme is a unique programme. Its philosophy is based on specific principles and established practices relevant for all schools, regardless of educational system, socio-economic background, location, size and year levels of schools.Back to top