The Learning Support Department at Richard Pate provides a bespoke package that is unique and tailored to the individual needs of the child. Children all learn at different rates and on their journey through education they might need extra help at particular times to make this as enjoyable and successful as possible.
We promote early identification and assistance with any barriers to learning. Teachers or parents can raise concerns at any time about a child. We consider good communication with parents as the best tool to encourage joined up support between home and school which is the most effective way of helping the children. If a concern is raised, observations and assessments can be carried out by the SENDCo and suggestions for support are made.
Our SENDCo works closely with form and subject teachers to provide strategies and resources in class to assist with specific needs. Small group work out of the class is also provided by teaching assistants to target specific skills. Additionally, one to one support from the SENDCo is also available.
Where external assessment is needed, the department can guide parents through the process and recommend practitioners in different areas of need. This could be in the areas of dyslexia, dyspraxia, speech and language, ASD or related specific learning difficulties. External practitioners can visit the school and provide recommendations.
We pride ourselves in setting challenging but achievable personal targets for the children with different learning profiles. We encourage them to understand what makes things difficult for them and through understanding their learning needs, we believe they are able to overcome many of their challenges, develop their self-esteem and thrive at our school.