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Solihull School

Solihull School

Learning Support

In the Junior School, teachers, parents and pupils work closely together to cultivate opportunities for every child to flourish. To help us understand each pupils’ learning styles and needs, all pupils are regularly assessed to monitor their progress and to identify any gaps in their knowledge or barriers to their learning. All pupils are supported day-to-day, and some may require additional resources and interventions to help unlock their potential. Some of this additional help may be in the form of Curriculum Support and/or Learning Support. The majority of Curriculum and Learning Support sessions take place in ‘The Acorns’. This is a bespoke base for learning interventions, and a welcoming space for many of our pupils during their time in the Junior School.

Curriculum Support is provided on a weekly basis if pupils require extra help with English or Maths. The Learning and Curriculum Support Coordinator (L&CSCo) has one Curriculum Support lesson per week timetabled simultaneously with an English lesson for every Form in the Junior School, and another during a Mathematics lesson for one set in each Year Group from J1 to J4. This timetabling arrangement and availability of support, facilitates a more prescient dialogue between each Form Tutor, or Maths teacher, and the L&CSCo, allowing identified learning needs to be targeted in tandem. These Curriculum Support lessons involve the L&CSCo providing direct support to a group of children in their classroom, or working with them in ‘The Acorns’. The composition of the groups will therefore be fluid and defined by a common learning need. Some pupils may find themselves in these groups regularly, others less so, while others still may rarely, if ever, require this support.

For the majority of those pupils who have a diagnosed Special Educational Need, additional Learning Support is provided outside of lesson time where appropriate. Support and interventions are bespoke to each pupil’s needs and typically address specific recommendations from the pupil’s educational or medical report, and also the recommendations of Form Tutors past and present, who are familiar with the learning needs of those pupils. These support sessions take place in ‘The Acorns’ and may be in very small groups or one to one.

The L&CSCo oversees and co-ordinates provision for all pupils who have, or may have, additional learning needs and works closely with their Form Tutor, their subject teachers, parents and, most importantly, the pupils themselves to help them to flourish pastorally and academically in the school environment.

Within the Junior School, the L&CSCo will:

  • ensure all pupils who have any barriers to learning, or who need revision of a particular skill, are identified at the earliest possible stage and supported through Curriculum Support, and/or Learning Support where deemed beneficial.
  • in consultation with teachers, parents and individual pupils, create Pupil Profiles, using information and recommendations from reports from any outside agencies where appropriate.
  • provide Curriculum Support for pupils who may benefit from working in a smaller group, in a more intensive capacity, and coordinate Learning Support and ongoing provision for those with diagnosed Special Educational Needs.
  • monitor the progress of all pupils receiving extra support in collaboration with their Form Tutor.
  • ensure subject teachers, Form Tutors and parents are aware of those pupils’ learning needs, any barriers to their learning and the progress they make.
  • provide advice and training to staff about appropriate teaching strategies and interventions across the curriculum that can support pupils’ learning.
  • communicate with outside agencies, such as Educational Psychologists, and provide information for such agencies to assess pupils more accurately, as appropriate.
  • form part of a team which ensures the smooth transition of pupils with SEND between Junior School and Senior School.