At Learning Support we make provision for those pupils requiring additional help to access mainstream education. This could be 1:1 provision, small group intervention or support in class. We have an experienced team of Teaching Assistant (TAs) and we access further support from services including the Educational Psychologist, Occupational Therapy, Autism Team and Behavioural and Learning Support Services. We offer support with specific learning difficulties such as Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Dysgraphia and Dyscalculia.
Oasis, a calm and quiet place, is the Nurture Unit within the Learning Support Department. We have a small team of staff who work with individuals and groups of up to 8 across all year groups. Time in the unit is usually 1 – 2 hours per week. We focus on the positive aspects of school life and work to help individuals through team work, sharing, taking turns, small group and pair work, team building and supporting each other. Possible activities include horse-riding (4 pupils from Year 5), arts and crafts, cooking, gardening and playing games.
The SENCO, Mrs Steward, is available for anyone who wishes to visit the Department and enquire further about SEN provision.
ELSA - Emotional literacy support assistant
An ELSA is a specialist assistant with a wealth of experience of working with children. ELSAs are trained and regularly supervised by the Educational Psychologists in your Local Education Authority. An ELSA is a warm and caring person who wants to help your child feel happy in school and reach their potential educationally. Their aim is to remove the barriers to learning and to have happy children in school and at home. ELSAs can help with loss and bereavement, self-esteem, social skills, emotions, friendship issues, relationships, anger management, behaviour, anxiety, bullying, conflict and relaxation techniques.
The THRIVE Approach provides a powerful way of working with children and young people that supports optimal social and emotional development. In addition, the Approach can equip you to work in a targeted way with children and young people who may have struggled with difficult life events to help them re-engage with life and learning. The THRIVE approach can show you what to do, and how to be, with young people. If we listen well and attune into the feelings of children and young people and validate those feelings, give consistent support throughout the school then a child or young person will THRIVE.