Our aim is for pupils to develop the skills and strategies necessary to become successful, lifelong, independent and confident learners.
Through specialist and bespoke intervention, pupils gain a clear understanding of their particular needs and develop strategies to overcome their specific learning difficulties, gain confidence in their own learning, fulfil academic potential and acquire study skills that will equip them for life at university and beyond. Guided by the learning support department, ISS takes a whole school approach to identifying and supporting pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), English as an Additional Language (EAL) and those seeking advice or support to further their studies.
Support comes in many bespoke forms and is in place to help pupils confidently overcome current and future potential challenges. Pupils may receive one-to-one lessons focusing on areas such as executive functioning skills, revision and learning strategies, and handwriting development which will enable them to work successfully across subject areas. Group lessons are also provided focusing on areas such as study skills, exam techniques and effective reading strategies. The department also provides training, support and information to the wider staff body with regards to how they can differentiate and develop the educational experiences of the pupils they work with or teach.
Pupils that require further intervention can also either be assessed on-site by one of our specialist teachers or they can be referred to outside agency professionals. The department also oversees and monitors all access arrangements for internal and public examinations, and works closely with the Examinations Officer. All access arrangements put into place stringently follow the JCQ and CIE guidelines.
The department comprises a Head of Learning Support (the Special Educational Needs Coordinator) and 4 full-time learning support teachers. All staff within the department have undergone a range of degrees and teaching qualifications.
Communication with parents and carers is also vital to the development of a pupil’s learning profile and the department welcomes the input. Even before a pupil joins ISS, such communication is urged so we can ensure the appropriate support is in place from the first day they move in.