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Learning Support

Prince’s Mead can offer Learning Support for pupils having mild learning differences. The department is fully integrated into the whole school.

The aim of the Learning Support Department is to ensure that the different needs of pupils, of all abilities, are supported appropriately throughout the school. This area involves working with the children, parents, all teachers, matron, learning support staff and the Headmaster.

There are two specialist trained teachers working with the children taken out of the classroom and one specialist trained assistant who works supporting children in groups in the classroom. A charge is made for pupils requiring learning support lessons with our specialist trained teachers.

Children are referred for assessment by their parents, teachers, the Head of Learning Support and the Headmaster. Following permission by parents, robust assessments are made by the Head of Learning Support and an informal written report is discussed with parents, the form teachers and the Head of Learning Support. Appropriate action plans are set up following the findings of the assessments. This could involve outside agents or take place within the school.

Early appropriate intervention has been found to lead to shorter extra support programmes. Children work hard but they have fun. Form teachers and Heads of Departments within the school have trained in areas to support the demands of the action plans. These include; a reading programme ‘Catch Up’ in Year 1 following Ruth Miskin training; a tactile fine motor programme for developing handwriting at all stages in the school; ‘Pilates for Kids’ to enhance gross motor skills; speech programmes to develop expressive language; and touch typing for all pupils in Year 3 and above who attend extra support lessons.

ISI Inspection Report – March 2016: ‘Pupils of all abilities, including those with SEND, EAL and the more able make excellent progress. This supports the school in achieving its aims.’

Mrs Susan Gritti, BA Hons, MA Ed (SEN) – Head of Learning Support