The Learning Support Department is coordinated by Claire Firth and is there to support those girls who have additional needs when accessing their curriculum. The need can be identified by the staff then taken to Claire for discussion with the parents and then an assessment carried out, or a private assessment can be carried out by an Educational Psychologist, Specialist Teacher, Occupational Therapist, Speech and Language Therapist or Vision Therapist.
If an assessment is deemed necessary, or it has been carried out, the pupil will often receive one-to-one support. If the pupil requires support but does not have a specific learning difficulty one of the support staff will take them for this support. If the pupil has a specific learning difficulty the lesson is aimed to be carried out by one of our Dyslexia trained teachers. The lessons take place within the school day and the pupil is not removed from the core curriculum. However, where appropriate they will be withdrawn from non-core subjects, before school starts, lunch times or after school. All of these lessons are coordinated by Claire in consultation with the girls, parents and teachers.
If a pupil has a report that states they are to be awarded additional time in their exams, Claire will either liaise with the person that wrote the report or if it is for Access Arrangements, she can do them herself and then fill in the ‘Form 8’ that is required for JCQ regulations in consultation with the schools exam officer, Mrs Jan Robson.
All pupils with learning needs are updated on the schools network and their teachers are regularly in contact with one another.