The Learning Support Department is a fully integrated part of the school, ensuring communication between Form and Subject Teachers and the specialist Learning Support staff. Support is offered to pupils, parent and staff alike.
At the Cathedral School we believe Learning Support is about helping pupils with additional learning needs to find strategies to overcome their difficulties while building confidence and self-esteem, enabling them to become independent learners.
Assessment and screening procedures are in place throughout the school, ensuring any Additional Needs are identified as early as possible in the child’s education. Pupils who need specialist support include those with the following difficulties:
- Specific Learning Difficulties
- Emotional, Behavioural and Social Difficulties
- Speech and Language Difficulties
- Sensory and Physical Difficulties
Following identification, appropriate intervention is arranged by Ms Christine Baker, Head of Learning Support. This may take the form of differentiation in the classroom, additional help in the classroom with a Learning Support Assistant, group support on a withdrawal basis, working on an intervention programme such as Rapid Reading or individual help with one of the school’s Specialist SEN Tutors. Pupils are not withdrawn from core subjects but are treated individually, taking into account their strengths and weaknesses, when deciding upon a time for extra support. Disruption of their timetable is therefore kept to a minimum.
In the Senior Section of the school this may also take the form of individual support in areas of the curriculum and the provision of Access Arrangements for examinations.
Parents are consulted and kept informed of recommended support and of any additional costs that may arise as a result of this, at all times. Advice is also sought from outside agencies for assessment, advice on planning, delivering and monitoring appropriate programmes as necessary.