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Additional Learning Support

Specific Educational Needs (Additional Learning Support) 

Transfer from primary to secondary school can be a particularly stressful and worrying time for children with specific educational needs and their parents. 

Here at Blessed William Howard, we place a great deal of emphasis on supporting all learners and their families with specialist, tailored, in-class support to meet individual needs.

One of our main objectives is to boost confidence. If students feel they can achieve, they usually do.  Our aim is to build their self esteem. We do this through a range of activities.

The team liaise closely with local primary schools to ensure an individual learning plan is formed for each student before they arrive, designed to pick up seamlessly from the primary education programme.

In close collaboration with the students and their parents we create special ‘Learning Passports”.  These enable each individual’s needs to be met in the classroom by all teachers, ensuring a consistent approach to learning support throughout the curriculum.

A ‘Learning Tool Box’ is also supplied in lessons to encourage independence by allowing students to access their own specialist support equipment that will enhance their learning and promote life long learning.

A team of teaching assistants provide specific learning support both in-class and during additional timetabled catch up sessions. 

All pupils have access to our ‘drop in’ zone where extra help can be given with homework or any other issues with learning.  This area is also seen as a social area, which means students never feel uncomfortable about using its facilities and there are no negative associations with being a regular user.

We also liaise with numerous external agencies to ensure the correct learning package for individual students is created.

Additional courses offered in our Learning Support Centre:

  • Literacy Support (including The Lit Programme)
  • Touch Typing
  • Year 7 Nurture Group  (To aid the transition into secondary school )
  • Study Skills
  • Courses to start later this year;
  • Speech and language social/communication meetings

Key Contacts:

  • Mrs N Slade – Director of Specific Educational Needs

Student Support:

  • Mrs E Westwood
  • Mrs M Skelton
  • Mrs H Wardrop 
  • Mrs P Holyhead
  • Mrs Y Shapiro
  • Miss H Brewer

To view our SEN Policy please click here  

PDF icon Draft report on SEN (2015)