Staff in the Learning Support Department work with those students who need additional support within school either academically, socially, emotionally or physically.
This support is largely offered within mainstream classrooms to ensure that all students are able to access inclusive learning at an appropriate level. Tasks may be modified or differentiated for individual students. Students are also supported at social times if appropriate.
The students' needs cover reading, writing spelling, numeracy, understanding, communication, self esteem, self confidence, behaviour, hearing impairments, visual impairments, co-ordination, mobility.
Some students may have the protection of a Statement of Special Educational Need – a legal document which the school has to honour; others may be identified by the school or by their parents as requiring extra support.
Key Stage 3
Most support is provided within mainstream classes by Learning Support Assistants who work closely with the class teachers. The curriculum may be modified or differentiated for these students. Some 1 to 1 and small group work is also carried out when this is thought to be appropriate.
Some students are disapplied from Modern Foreign Language to work on basic literacy skills in a small group and some may follow the SRA Corrective Reading Programme to develop their reading decoding skills. A computer programme called Successmaker is used as a method of building reading and spelling skills. It is expected that all students will acquire independent learning and working skills which they will then carry on into the future.
Key Stage 4
Students may be supported in mainstream classes in some subjects or they may be taught in smaller groups where greater individual tuition can be given and courses can be tailored to their needs – such as entry level Maths, Science and English.
Within Learning Support, the option courses focus on developing personal, social, life and vocational skills. Students can gain qualifications through ASDAN such as the Award of Personal Effectiveness (AoPE); Certificate of Personal Effectiveness (COPE); Award or Certificate in Employability; and Award or Certificate in Personal, Social Development. Increasing self confidence and self esteem is also a prime focus.