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Support for Learning

The Support for Learning Service provides a team of specialist teachers who are available to assess and directly teach children with Special Educational Needs. Children can be referred to the service by their school for an assessment of their strengths and weaknesses. A request may be made to the service for either individual teaching or small group teaching for those pupils who would benefit from a specific, individualised intervention programme

Schools may make a referral for a diagnostic assessment of children who are falling behind their peers either in literacy, numeracy or they may have fine or gross motor difficulties. This assessment will investigate their verbal and non-verbal ability, the basic skills required for literacy and in some cases, their basic knowledge of number and specific fine and gross motor skills. Identification of any areas of difficulty can then be used to create individual intervention programmes and appropriate support in the classroom.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Mrs Veronica McDonald
Contact Position
Service Manager
Telephone
01344 354272
E-mail
veronica.mcdonald@bracknell-forest.gov.uk

Where to go

Name
The Open Learning Centre
Address
Rectory Lane
Bracknell
Berkshire
Postcode
RG12 7GR

Other Details

Availability

Referral required
Yes
Referral Details

Referral to the Support for Learning service is made via the child's primary school.

Local Offer

Local Offer Record
Description

Summary

The Support for Learning service provides a team of specialist teachers who are available to assess and directly teach children with Special Educational Needs. Children are identified by their school who would benefit from a specific, individualised intervention programme and be taught either individually or in a small group.

Schools may also make a referral for a diagnostic assessment of children who are falling behind their peers either in literacy, numeracy or they may have fine or gross motor difficulties. This assessment will investigate underlying ability, the basic skills required for literacy or basic knowledge of number or specific fine & gross motor skills. Identification of any areas of difficulty can then be used to create individual intervention programmes and appropriate support in the classroom.

What does the service include?

  • diagnostic assessment of literacy, numeracy and motor skills with a written report and recommendations for programme planning
  • provision of direct teaching for individual children or small groups in a 10 week intervention programme each term through termly Service Level Agreement's with schools.
  • monitoring and reporting on pupil progress in literacy skills on a termly basis liaison with parents/carers through meetings and Link Books
  • regular contact with class teachers, SENCOs and TAs through formal and informal discussion
  • provision of a resource base and loan of resources and educational materials for schools
  • provision of In-Service Training for all school staff (Teachers and Learning Support Assistants) on aspects of Specific Learning Difficulties, identification and teaching strategies
  • advice and support to the school Senco, Class Teachers and Learning Support Assistants

How will we ensure a quality service?

  • the quality of the response is in liaison with the class teacher and is evaluated when the assessment is completed - verbal feedback and then a written report within two weeks of the assessment
  • all staff are qualified teachers with additional training and considerable experience in teaching children with Special Educational Needs
  • a speedy response to requests for assessments
  • targets set at the beginning of intervention and a final end of Intervention report identifying progress made during the intervention period and recommendations for further intervention
Contact Name
Mrs Veronica McDonald
Contact Telephone
01344 354272
Contact Email
veronica.mcdonald@bracknell-forest.gov.uk
Local Offer Age Bands
Primary (4-10 years)
Secondary (11-16 years)
Junior (7-11 years)
Needs Level
Low
Medium
High
SEN Provision Type
Physical Disability
Moderate Learning Difficulties
Severe Learning Difficulties
Specific Literacy Difficulties

General Provider response 

Funding
Charges
Last Update: 07/09/2017

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