- Spelling, reading and writing difficulties
- Study skills, revision and exam technique
- Organisational difficulties
- Concentration and self-esteem issues
- Essay writing
- Learning to learn
The Learning Support 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:
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.
- Meet the Teachers in the Department
- What information do parents need to provide?
- How are Learning Support lessons arranged?
- Feedback on progress
- What happens with assessments?
- Support for exams
- Mrs Susan Cohen – Specialist 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 Edwards – Specialist 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 Support – BSc Marine Geography, Cardiff University and PGCE Secondary (Geography), Swansea University
- Mrs Lynn Stacey – Specialist Maths Teacher – BSc (Hons), Diploma in Teaching, Diploma in Teaching Numeracy, Certificate in Teaching Learners with Specific Difficulties (OCR Level 5)
- Mrs Angela Wise – Specialist Teacher and Assessor Dip. RSA
- Mrs Mary Sutherland – EAL and Learning Support Teacher – B.Sc / TEFL/ ESOL Dip. Level 5
- 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
On Form 1 and Form 3 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.