Within the department, we have one full time teacher, three part-time teachers and the SENCO who has a split timetable: one day teaching and four days of SENCO work. We also have eight Teaching Assistants.
Our department consists of 3 classrooms and an office, all off a central carpeted shared area, which is used as an extra teaching space and designated reading area. In 1 of the classrooms, we have 4 computers with internet access for the pupils’ use; in another, 11 computers.
During break and lunchtimes, all our classrooms are used for a variety of clubs aimed at those pupils who find these parts of the school day quite difficult and stressful.
It is the aim of the Learning Support Department to ensure that all pupils get the support they need to enable them to have a happy and successful secondary school career. One of our school’s mantras is: ‘Get your improvements in early’ and we adopt this whole heartedly. We administer detailed base line assessments in spelling and reading to all pupils within their first two weeks at school. This way, we can support pupils from the outset. The support may come in a variety of forms, from the allocation of Teaching Assistants in classes to withdrawal sessions for work on improving literacy skills.
Along with teaching Literacy to Years 7 -9 and English in Years 10 and 11, we also offer alternative qualifications for those pupils where the traditional route of just GCSEs is not the most appropriate. These include: BTEC Health & Social Care level 1/2, CoPE and GCSE Geography.