Cognition and Learning

My child has difficulty with learning and literacy.


This section cover students who have difficulty with:

·         Reading and spelling

·         Working with numbers

·         Working memory

·         Learning new information and concepts

·         Moderate Learning Difficulties (MLD)

·         Severe Learning Difficulties (SLD)

·         Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties (PMLD)

·         Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD) such as Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Developmental Coordination Disorder

·         Students may present with difficulties that do not have a specific title.


We have high expectations and aspirations for all of our students.  All students on the SEN record have an individual plan created and shared with all of their class teachers and LSAs.  This includes information about their strengths, areas they find difficult and suggested strategies to support their progress.  These are reviewed regularly throughout the year.


Learning Support Assistants (LSA) are predominantly placed in the classroom to support students in the learning environment, maximising inclusion.


Students have an opportunity to access:

•       Quality First Teaching with appropriate differentiation (including best SEND practice)

•       Provision to support access to the curriculum and to develop independent learning

•       In class scaffolding including writing frames, word banks, cloze passages, sentence starters

•       Visual aids to support key vocabulary, concepts and themes

•       Accelerated Reader programme

•       Homework support

•       Assessment for identification of significant needs

•       Dedicated and caring staff who value all staff regardless of ability



Support for targeted groups of students may include:

•       Small group targeted intervention programmes delivered to students to improve skills in a variety of areas, eg. reading skills groups etc.

•       Additional Literacy Lesson(s) Years 7 – 9 for identified students, using a phonics approach based on Fresh Start from Read Write Inc.

•       Access to Lexia PowerUp, an ICT based literacy programme

•       Targeted lunchtime clubs for vulnerable students

•       Reading and Spelling clubs

•       Learning Support Assistant support in some lessons



Targeted individual support may include:

•       Where needed, help from an external agency (eg. Educational Psychologist, Dyslexia Referral Team)

•       Use of strategies recommended by supporting outside agency

•       Precision Teaching (an intervention programme)

•       Boosting Reading @ Secondary

•       1:1 support from an LSA

•       Exam Access Arrangements