The Learning Support Department helps students with a range of mild to moderate special educational needs. Even the brightest of students may need support with their learning. For some pupils a short burst of learning support may be enough whilst for others LS lessons may continue throughout their time at King’s. Pupils are taught on an individual basis and lessons are timetabled to cause minimum disturbance to the rest of the curriculum.
Both members of the department (Emma Prowse-head of department and Ruth Bailey) hold diplomas in teaching and assessing students with special educational needs. Both have much experience as mainstream teachers of GCSE and A level as well as at head of department level. We also have contact with outside professionals.
Pupil passports engage pupils in their learning, include parents, and encourage pupils to think about the strengths and weaknesses of the way in which they learn.
We have the highest aspirations for our students. There is much use of ICT to encourage independent learning and access to the curriculum: pupils are encouraged to use computers/laptops/i pads and learn to touch type; flash card apps may well support learning across a range of subjects; students are also encouraged to explore voice activated software; text to speech software (currently DocsPlus) is available on all school computers.
Study skills help with the technicalities of literacy all closely linked to the English department’s curriculum, support with embedding science concepts as well as the language of science amongst other things, are all areas covered in the department. Support for maths is arranged in liaison with the maths department.
All work in the department is closely linked to the challenges of the curriculum and pupils are encouraged to use skills learnt in LS in the mainstream classroom. Classroom teachers are involved in the creation of LS targets as well as making appropriate provision and adjustments to teaching which will lead to improved outcomes.
King’s is a Crested school and has a long history of supporting young people with special educational needs. The department is located at the heart of the school in a wing of the Hobhouse building.
If you have any questions or queries about the Learning Support Department please do contact us (contact details below); we would be delighted to help.