The aims of learning support are:
- to support and advise staff and parents
- to identify and plan for any support needed, which is additional to and different from that which is provided in the classroom.
- to offer the child a multisensory programme of work in order to develop literacy/numeracy skills
- to raise the child's awareness of his strengths and weaknesses and offer coping strategies
- to support the work that goes on in the classroom
- to help improve personal organisation
- to help to improve gross and fine motor skills where necessary
- to develop study skills
- to raise self-esteem
Children receive learning support on a one-to-one basis, in pairs or in small groups. The sessions last for 30 minutes and a maximum of three per week are offered. Children are not withdrawn from academic subjects and practical subjects are rotated. Occasionally it is appropriate for an individual or group to be withdrawn from Latin to receive additional English and study skills. In-class support by teaching assistants is supplied as necessary. The amount and type of support offered, varies according to the needs of the child.
When a child arrives at school with recognised learning difficulties, the teaching staff are provided with a Learning Support bulletin for that child. This is an A4 document which notifies them as to the nature of the difficulties, as well as strengths and weaknesses and any existing recommendations that should be implemented in the classroom. If a psychological assessment is available, with parental permission, a summary of the assessment will be included in the bulletin.
The Head of Learning Support at Wellesley House is a full-time member of staff who has a B.Ed (Hons.) degree and 36 years’ experience in the teaching of Special Educational Needs. She is also an independent member of the Phono-Graphix Association of Reading Therapists.
The Learning Support department also has a qualified, part-time teacher of English as an Additional Language and six peripatetic teachers who support English, Maths, French, Latin and Spanish. Two Teaching Assistants are available to support pupils in class.