Learning Support

With our dedicated Teaching & Learning Centre and experienced, passionate staff, we offer first class learning support facilities for pupils.

We place great importance on knowing the profile of individual learners in order to teach to the strengths of each child, whilst working to improve and support more vulnerable areas. After specialist assessment, targets are set for lessons within the Teaching & Learning Centre and, with good communication to ensure a cohesive approach, in all departments, right across the school. We like to really involve both pupils and parents with the way we work in this area and this is at the heart of any decision making process.

Our class and subject teachers are experienced in differentiating content and style of delivery to make topics accessible to every pupil, while keeping expectations high. Even when pupils have challenges with their learning, the focus is on higher order thinking skills. Within the Teaching & Learning Centre, some pre-teaching and reinforcement of topics can take place, across the curriculum, as necessary. Pupils with specific learning difficulties benefit from structured and incremental knowledge and skills based teaching. “Overlearning” through games, puzzles and computer software provides an enjoyable experience. Reinforcing underlying auditory and visual skills is essential to improve attainment and is an important thread running through all learning support sessions.

The learning support teachers have extensive expertise and experience, and the department is fully and appropriately resourced. Provision for the development of speech and language, social skills, fine and gross motor skills, and assistive technology are all available within the Prep and Senior Schools. The schools are accredited by CReSTeD.

The Teaching & Learning Centre at Clayesmore delivers a truly specialised service, with patience and kindness, within a mainstream setting.

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