At the heart of the Learning Support department is a coordinated approach involving parents, teachers and teaching assistants and an understanding that we all have difficulty learning at some stage in our education.
SEN specialists, teachers and teaching assistants share their academic and behavioural observations so that each child is supported across the curriculum.
A child who feels safe, healthy and happy learns well - we are alert to our specific safeguarding duties towards pupils with special educational needs (SEN), disabilities and other health conditions. We work within the parameters of our Child Protection Policy in accordance with the governmental guidance given in paragraph 85 of Keeping Children Safe in Education 2016
Individual Educational Plans (strategies, targets and responses) are developed, monitored and updated for students on the Learning Support list, which includes those with an EHC plan.
In consultation with the teachers, teaching assistants, parents and outside agencies, a pupil who may need such help is first assessed by a specialist teacher. Any subsequent educational programmes deemed necessary are tailored to meet the students’ specific needs and may include referral to the Educational Psychologist attached to the school, Dr Hannah Mortimer.
Areas of specialist support include literacy and numeracy. Tuition is generally on a one-to-one basis but may be in pairs or in groups. The Learning Support Department delivers study skills and revision workshops and supervises Prep for those who need support while completing their work.
By employing a broad range of intervention strategies, the Learning Support Department aims to provide the environment in which all pupils can fulfil their potential.
In the Learning Support Department of St Martin’s Ampleforth, our Benedictine focus encourages us to ‘support the weak and give the strong something to strive for.’ We welcome every child with their individual talents and challenges and provide the patient, positive support which allows each pupil to improve their essential skills, increasing their self-esteem, motivation and empowering them to become independent learners.