As a non-selective school we aim to support and challenge all pupils in their learning and our talented staff works equally hard to exend the most able children as to support those with learning difficulties.  We have high expectations of all our pupils and each one is offered a programme that aims to fulfil his or her potential.

The Learning Support Department exists to help fulfil the maximum potential of pupils with:

  • Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD)
  • English as an additional language
  • Those defined as 'gifted and talented'

We endeavour to ensure that all children with Specific Learning Difficulties are identified and supported within the school. Initially the class teacher will raise any concerns about a particular child and the needs will be assessed by the SENCo who will then recommend an initial course of action.

Where teaching staff become aware of more persistent learning or behavioural difficulties during a child’s time in the school, it maybe suggested that they be formally assessed by an Educational Psychologist and / or other professionals. In such cases, there is always close and supportive liaison with parents by the SENCo.

Through assistance within the classroom, small group teaching and one-to-one lessons, pupils are given targeted support, tailored to the individual, in literacy, numeracy, early study and organisational skills. For some children, a lap-top may be the most appropriate method for recording their work.

Currently, there are six specialist teachers working within the department and whose work covers:

  • Multi-sensory teaching;
  • Screening with a view to recommending a professional assessment together with informing class and one-to-one teaching
  • Referral to external agencies when appropriate
  • Regular liaison with staff and parents
  • Staff Training

Extra charges apply for one-to-one lessons with specialist teachers and in some cases specific therapists.

LINDA CLARK,

School SENCo

linda.clark@hornsbyhouse.org.uk