Junior School Learning Support

At Hymers College, we have an established team of Learning Support professionals whose aim is to provide a happy, stimulating and secure environment for children with additional needs.

We organise early screening tests for students entering the school in Years 4, 5, 6 and 7. This, in conjunction with assessment and tracking of pupil progress, ensures that we identify where extra support can be provided to those with learning difficulties.

Our Learning Support Coordinator produces a Personal Educational Plan for each student who is diagnosed as dyslexic or who has any other recognised learning difficulty.

Teachers will also provide help based on the recommendations that have been made.

The Learning Support Assistant provides one-to-one 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 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 Coordination Disorder/Dyspraxia
- Dyslexia
- 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.