At Godstowe Preparatory School we aim to create a curriculum and environment in which all children, including those with special educational needs, can develop physically, intellectually and emotionally and where all children have equal opportunity to access to the curriculum in order to realise their full potential.
The Learning Support Department helps to identify, assess and support those children who are experiencing difficulties with learning. If a pupil is making limited progress despite various interventions in class, additional information will be gathered from staff and parents to inform the SENCO who will initiate an informal assessment. A report outlining the findings of the assessment will be compiled and shared with parents and relevant staff. As a result of this assessment, recommendations will be made.
Some children may attend lessons within the department, either on an individual basis or as part of a small group. We have a small team of fully trained specialist teachers, LSAs, Speech & Language Therapists and regular access to Occupational Therapy on site, who address pupils’ learning needs.
The content of each lesson varies to suit the particular pupil who is being supported and each teacher will devise an Individual Education Plan (IEP) that sets short term achievable targets for the child. These IEPs are discussed and reviewed with parents at regular intervals. Parental support is important and we aim to keep an open communication with parents of those children being supported by our department. Although the Learning Support lessons do not follow a set curriculum, specialist teachers find it useful to liaise with the subject staff to reinforce them with work they have done in the classroom.
The Learning Support Department is very well-resourced and each teaching area has its own PC. Children can then have access to the specific software available to improve their skills. There are also a number of games that can be used as a fun way of reinforcing literacy or numeracy skills.
We work closely with other outside agencies for children who may require a more detailed assessment of their needs, such as an Educational Psychologist.