At ISS, we believe everyone is capable of learning and achieving, and this core value is at the heart of the work of the Learning Support team.
Through learning support, provision is made so that students can access the curriculum in the mainstream classroom alongside their peers. The most common form of this support is pull-out from some lessons for individual or small group study. During this time, the students involved follow specific programmes aimed at addressing their individual needs. The sessions may also be used to provide support with the curriculum and to develop effective study skills. Learning support provision also ensures that students receive arrangements appropriate to their needs for examinations.
For some students, the nature of their need may be such that they require additional support from a learning support assistant in the classroom for part or all of the school day, which may incur additional costs.
The exact nature and extent of the provision will be determined on a case-by-case basis, in consultation with the student, the student’s parents and class teachers, and other professionals involved. In all cases, the aim is to enable the student to participate in the school’s full range of programmes. A placement at ISS will not be in the best interests of those children and young people who have complex special educational needs.
The Learning Support team at ISS comprises professionals with qualifications, expertise and experience in a wide range of special educational needs, including:
- Specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia and dyspraxia
- Speech, language and communication disorders
- ADHD and ADD
- Social and emotional difficulties
- Autistic Spectrum Disorders
- Sensory integration difficulties
- Physical and sensory impairments
- Down syndrome
- General literacy and numeracy difficulties
Our team provides services across all sections of the school, working closely with classroom teachers. The whole school approach to learning support means that students all have equal access to the skills and expertise available within the team.