Learning Skills & Support

Individualised 1:1 teaching is offered by teachers who have specialised in Specific Learning Difficulties.

The Learning Skills staff regularly attend courses to keep up to date with the latest developments in dyslexia as well as other related areas.

There is close liaison between parents, staff and Learning Skills teachers to monitor progress and individual lesson content.  The pupils also give their input to their own Individual Learning Plans (ILP).  The aim is to provide appropriate support which could include maths, literacy or study skills, to enable pupils to reach their full potential.

If a concern is raised by staff or parents, the Head of Learning Skills carries out a diagnostic assessment to determine and implement the appropriate intervention. The School arranges for an Educational Psychologist, Occupational Therapist and Speech Therapist to provide assessments and support at School.  We also work closely with Optometrists.

Our Learning Skills rooms were updated in 2016 and are well resourced.  Little steps can make a difference and we offer solutions such as in class support with special pencil grips for handwriting support or booklets of homophones.

We also have a messy area for using sand trays or kinetic sand for spelling or laying out play-dough numbers for a difficult to remember times table, card games for visual and auditory memory, vocabulary development and even suggest apps for developing inference or specialised spelling, reading and maths computer programmes.