Ensuring that every child can learn and access the school curriculum is a crucial element of academic study at King’s.
The School prides itself on the care and attention to detail given to pupils in the area of learning support. The Learning Support Department helps pupils with a range of mild to moderate special educational needs. Even the brightest of pupils 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.
All three members of the department hold the Certificate and Diploma in teaching students with special educational needs. Furthermore, all departmental staff have valuable experience as mainstream teachers of GCSEs and A-Levels as well as at Head of Department level. The department is situated at the heart of the School in the Hobhouse building. King’s is a Crested school and is therefore inspected specifically to ensure that SEND pupils are well supported in all aspects of school life.
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 pupils. There is much use of ICT to encourage independent learning and access to the curriculum: pupils are encouraged to use computers/laptops/tablets/smartphones and learn to touch type; flash card apps may well support learning across a range of subjects; pupils are also encouraged to explore voice activated software; ‘read and write gold’ 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, further support for modern linguists in oral work amongst other things, are all areas covered in the department. Support for maths is arranged through 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.
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.