Learning Skills

Learning Skills (LS) is a resource which can be drawn upon by anyone requiring support – long term, short term or occasional. Our support is not confined simply to those diagnosed with a specific learning need.

We can help with:

  • Spelling, reading and writing difficulties
  • Study skills, revision and exam technique
  • Organisational difficulties
  • Concentration and self-esteem issues
  • Essay writing
  • Handwriting
  • Learning to learn
  • Maths

Who is in the LS Department?

The Learning Skills Department is comprised of fully qualified teachers who are led by Susan Cohen, the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO). The teachers are specialists in the teaching of pupils with specific learning needs. Support is available for:

  • Dyslexia
  • Dyspraxia
  • Dyscalculia 

The teachers in the department are:

  • Mrs Susan CohenSpecialist Dyslexia teacher, Assessor and French Teacher – BA (Hons), PGCE, Certificate in Teaching Learners with Specific Learning Difficulties (OCR Level 5), Certificate of Psychometric Testing, Assessment and Access Arrangements (CPT3A Level 7)
  • Mrs Carolyn EdwardsSpecialist Dyslexia Teacher and Assessor – BH (Hons), PGCE, Certificate in Teaching Learners with Specific Learning Difficulties, Certificate in Assessing Learners with Specific Learning Difficulties
  • Mrs Rebecca Metcalfe - Teacher of Learning Skills - BSc Marine Geography, Cardiff University and PGCE Secondary (Geography), Swansea University

  • Mrs Lynn StaceySpecialist Maths Teacher – BSc (Hons), Diploma in Teaching, Diploma in Teaching Numeracy

Information from parents

It is expected that parents disclose any information regarding their child’s LS needs or diagnosis of any condition, together with the relevant reports or assessments. 

How are Learning Skills lessons arranged?

  • Pupils are taught on an individual or small group basis
  • LS sessions are integrated within individual pupil timetables
  • LS is arranged with co-operative liaison between LS staff and teachers
  • Regular weekly sessions are advised
  • Individual programmes of support for short term or occasional needs are available covering essay writing, exam techniques, organisational and study skills
  • LS support is charged by the session and added to the termly school bill

Feedback on progress

Termly reports are written for all pupils who are receiving LS lessons. We are always available for consultation at Parents’ Evenings or by appointment. Parents are welcome to contact the LS teachers at any time throughout the year by telephone or email.

Assessments

On First Form and Third Form entry to the College, all pupils are screened by the LS department. Sometimes these baseline tests suggest a possible need. In such cases the LS department contact parents to discuss the best way forward.

The LS department is able to recommend an Educational Psychologist should a formal assessment be thought necessary. The LS department can assess pupils for access arrangements.

Exam concessions

The LS department is bound by the regulations as laid down by examination boards.

Support provided for exams

Provision is made for those pupils requiring a reader, scribes or extra time in their exams. Charges for exam support are added to the termly school bill.

Whole school approach to LS

All subject teachers and Housemasters/mistresses are made aware of a pupil’s individual needs. There is close liaison to ensure that pupils’ needs are addressed and met sympathetically and discreetly.