1-to-1 Support in Lessons
Some pupils are assigned 1-to-1 support in some or all of their lessons. Rather than assigning a single support assistant, pupils tend to be assigned subject specialists. This means that pupils get the best possible help with their studies whilst developing rapport with a number of staff and building social skills.
Specialist staff means that many of our pupils are able to receive additional tuition in Maths, English, Science and Languages. Our Numeracy and Literacy rooms provide a quiet environment with specialised resources in order for pupils to work towards their goals.
Some pupils have timetabled study periods during which they are able to come into Learning Support to spend extra time completing their homework, researching projects or revising for tests and exams. Help is offered on ad hoc basis with students able to access as much or as little as they wish. This is fostering an atmosphere of independence while still offering support if required.
Many pupils with learning needs or disabilities face a variety of difficulties quite unrelated to their academic studies. The Learning Support Department offers both a safe and supportive space where pupils know they are always welcomed, valued and supported. We help pupils with their organisation, listen to any of their worries and help them to develop their social as well as independence skills. As Learning Support is used by pupils from all Year groups they often develop good relationship throughout the different age groups and some of our older pupils are very happy to share their experiences with the younger ones.
Assessments of Learning Needs
The Learning Support Department has several members of staff who are qualified and experienced in assessing pupils’ individual learning difficulties. At Stover we pride ourselves in offering pupils a personalised learning programme.