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 for which there is no charge. 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 receive support within the department, or as part of a small group. Additional support may also be provided on a 1:1 basis, for which there will be a charge.
Godstowe has a small team of fully trained specialist teachers, an LSA, a Speech & Language Therapist and regular access to Occupational Therapy on-site, who address pupils’ learning needs.
The content of each individual 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 open communications with parents of those children being supported by our department.
The Learning Support Department is very well-resourced, and children may use online support programmes to improve their skills.
We work closely with external agencies for children who may require a more detailed assessment of their needs, having an Occupational Therapist, and a Speech and Language Therapist on site.