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Principles and Aims of the Learning Support Department

The ethos governing the work of the Learning Support Department is integrally related to the aims of the school:


“to maintain and develop the Catholic ethos and encourage the growth of our school as a community where we all feel valued.”


In practice this means that at SJF Learning support is based on a principle of inclusion. All teachers will seek to meet the special needs of identified pupils within the ordinary classroom. The Learning Support Department and LEA agencies will contribute additional support, in line with the SEN Code of Practice.


What kind of assistance can the Learning Support department offer?

Here are some examples of the kinds of concerns, which parents may have about their child, especially when he/she moves on to secondary school;


I have a child who is dyslexic. What support will he/she receive?”


“I am worried that my child won’t be able to cope with lots of homework. Can anything be done to help him/her?”


“I am concerned that my child won’t be able to organise him/herself at secondary school”


I have a child with poor mobility….”


“I have a dyspraxic child….”


“My son/daughter needs special arrangements in exams….”



These are examples of the kinds of issues with which the department can offer support. This support may be through specific ‘booster’ programmes which the pupil will follow; or there may be a Teaching Assistant in some of the pupils classes to give extra support. When it is known that pupils are coming to SJF with high special educational needs the Head of Inclusion will have a transitional review meeting with the primary school and parents. This ensures that we have enough information to prepare to meet those needs.

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