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Learning Support Department

The Learning Support Department exists to support pupils who need a differentiated approach to learning and additional support in reaching their full potential. A pupil may be identified as needing additional support by the subject teacher, Head of Learning, Form Tutor or SENDCO. We are part of the Inclusion Team and work closely with the Learning Mentor, Heads of Learning, the Inclusion Support Centre, Academic Mentors, Gifted and Talented and EAL Departments. Our experienced cover supervisors also support the Inclusion team when they are not required to cover lessons.

We administer reading and spelling assessments twice yearly (September and March) in order to track progress and screen for difficulties. This enables us to identify students who may require additional support/intervention and/or support during exams.                           

Provision Maps are produced for pupils who have additional provisions in place. These are discussed and reviewed at Academic Review Days and at Annual Reviews for pupils with Educational Health Care Plans.

The Additional Provisions provided to pupils takes many forms and may be provided in any of the following ways over a stratagised two week intervention programe: 

  • In class support from an LSA – for groups or individuals
  • Withdrawal in small groups to focus on curriculum work or remedial programmes
  • Key Stage 3 LINC (Learning Inclusion) groups
  • Social skills groups
  • 1:1 support for reading or literacy
  • Morning nurture program
  • Daily Break and lunch time club – games and homework support
  • After school homework support
  • Transition support program
  • ASDAN curriculum program
  • Key Stage 4 Alternative Curriculum arrangements eg Option Support, college courses etc.  Support from various outside agencies, such as Educational Psychology Service, Specialist Teaching Service, Speech and Language Therapy Service and others.

For the Highcrest SEN Report Local Offer 2017 please click here.