"For too long, we’ve assumed that there is a single template for human nature… the reality is that there are many different kinds of mind. And that is a very good thing."(Lehrer, 2016)
The Learning Support Department offers assistance and support to pupils who are able to access an academic curriculum, but who may need extra help to fulfil their potential. The Junior School celebrates and respects neurological differences (Neurodiversity). We are experienced in supporting pupils with diagnosed learning differences including dyslexia, dyscalculia and autism spectrum conditions (ASC); however, not all the pupils we support have a diagnosis.
The Learning Support Department consists of the Head of Learning Support Transition and the Learning Support Coordinator. We assist pupils in many different ways including developing reading skills, spelling, handwriting and presentation, numeracy, personal organisation and study strategies. Support is given in one to one sessions, small groups or within the classroom. The department works closely with form tutors, subject teachers and year group coordinators providing advice on appropriate classroom strategies as well as delivering professional training on special educational needs.
The department regularly and frequently communicates with parents to ensure that they are fully informed throughout the process of support. When a diagnostic assessment is recommended by the school, this can be carried out either in-house by a specialist teacher or via a network of other professionals including educational psychologists, occupational therapists and speech therapists. This diagnostic information is used to review and inform appropriate support for each pupil.
Staff work closely together to enable all pupils to reach their potential and feel positive about their learning.