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Learning Support

Welcome to the Learning Support Department. The Department supports students who experience some difficulties with their learning , including those with a Statement of Special Educational Need.

The department consists of the SENCo, Mrs P Martin, a Learning Support Teacher, Mrs A. Davis, and a large team of Teaching Assistants (TAs) who provide in-class support across the curriculum. We liaise closely with external professionals and the Team includes a TA, Mrs M. Bunyan, who oversees provision for students with significant medical needs .

We keep teaching and pastoral staff informed of students’ special educational needs and disabilities in order to maximise their progress and ensure understanding of their difficulties. We offer a wide range of interventions to improve aspects of literacy and numeracy as well as social skills and curriculum support. The main teaching room is E2 which also provides recreational and homework support during break and lunchtime.

We welcome communication from parents and the SENCo is regularly available to see parents during the Mentoring period on Tuesdays as well as at other pre arranged times.

What does Learning Support offer
Support Offered at Key Stage 3

  • In -class support by Teaching Assistants
    Teaching Assistants support students learning and behaviour across the curriculum. Within classrooms, TAs focus on improving confidence and self esteem and making the curriculum accessible to students with individual needs. A wide range of strategies are used to facilitate this: reading, spelling or scribing support, rephrasing instructions or restructuring tasks, repetition and reinforcement, diagrammatic representations or simplifying information. The aim is to encourage students to develop as independent learners. Many TAs are linked to curriculum areas and work closely with departments
  • Corrective Reading – an intensive reading programme, usually teacher led ( 3 periods a week) for students experiencing severe difficulties with reading. This programme operates at 3 different levels.
  • Literacy Groups – aiming to develop general reading, writing, spelling punctuation and organisational skills.
  • Spelling tutorials – Teacher led sessions which concentrate on overlearning of letter patterns and high frequency words, in order to boost confidence and increase accuracy.
  • SuccessMaker – an individualised computer programme for Reading, Spelling, Numeracy or EAL.
  • Maths Intervention – practical maths activities and overlearning to improve basic skills.
  • Handwriting Group led by TAs in Registration.
  • Some students with handwriting difficulties use Alphasmarts or laptops.
  • Some students find coloured overlays helpful.

In addition, there is a Reading Partner Scheme, Handwriting Tuition, Social Skills Groups and Induction Programmes for EAL pupils. We are also in the process of making a Punctuation and Spelling Programme available through the VLE on the school website.

Support Offered at Key Stage 4

  • In -class support by Teaching Assistants -as above. Many of our TAs specialise in specific areas of the curriculum and have additional qualifications in these areas.
  • Literacy Tutorials for those who continue to need literacy support
  • Exam Access Arrangements (reflecting normal classroom practice)
  • Some students with handwriting difficulties use Alphasmarts or laptops.
E2 is open at break and lunchtime for vulnerable students and those requiring recreational support. Computers are available for students to complete homework.

If you have any concerns about your child’s learning, please do not hesitate to contact one of the key members of the department.

Mrs Martin attends all Key Stage 3 and 4 Parents’ Evenings and is also available to see parents on Tuesday afternoons during the Mentoring period.