The school has a Learning Support Co-ordinator, who is assisted by a Learning Support Assistant in the Junior School. They organise the screening test that is given to students entering the school in Years 4, 5, 6 and 7 and observation and evidence from teachers is also used to identify students who may have specific learning difficulties. The Learning Support Co-ordinator produces a Personal Educational Plan for each student who is diagnosed as dyslexic or who has any other recognised learning difficulty. Teachers give consideration to students with learning difficulties and provide help based on the recommendations that have been made. In the Junior School, the Learning Support Assistant provides 1:1 intervention sessions to strengthen pupils’ priority areas of learning. We also endeavour to ensure that students who are identified as being in need of special support receive help through outside agencies, if necessary, and through any non-specialist help that subject teachers are able to give. We wish to be sympathetic and supportive to students with difficulties to ensure that they fulfil their potential and are happy in their studies.
We also have a teacher trained in a specialist programme developed and promoted by the Institute of Neuro-Physiological Psychology, known as the INPP method. This looks behind the symptoms and treats the underlying factors that are known to contribute to:
- Reading and spelling difficulties
- Developmental Co-ordination Disorder/Dyspraxia
- Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder (ADHD)
- Poor listening skills
- Concentration and memory problems
- Educational Underachievement
- Poor self-confidence and self-esteem
- Developmental Delay
The school is able to provide this method and there are several students in both the Junior and Senior schools undergoing programmes at present, with beneficial results. For more detailed information about these programmes, see below.