Specific learning difficulties
Our vision is for every member of the Longdean Community to be able to say, ‘I am proud of who I am and what I have achieved today. The Inclusion Department’s policy is intended to reflect and support this vision. Here at Longdean we hope to encourage all our students to enjoy learning and be proud of the progress they make. In the Inclusion Department we are here to help students overcome any barriers which stand in the way of the student fulfilling their potential and reaching their own goals. Working with the students we encourage and challenge the students to make the most of their abilities.
Where does it take place?
Across the school, however we are lucky at Longdean to have the Education Centre which is housed within the Teaching and Learning Centre and offers a safe environment in which the students can begin to build their confidence and begin to take risks in small groups.
Who do we help?
Many students are challenged with Specific Learning Difficulties; (SpLD).This covers a range of difficulties including dyslexia and dyspraxia. All students are screened when they start at Longdean during a range of classroom administered tests and interventions are offered to those who may benefit from extra help.
What do we do?
In the Inclusion Department we offer a range of interventions designed to meet the needs of the individual student. These are led by SpLD teacher, Mrs Pates and Higher Level Teaching Assistant, Mrs Osborn. Our teaching styles, methods and resources benefit all students who come to us regardless of a particular diagnosis of dyslexia. Our teaching of SpLD at Longdean is a very holistic approach which means we try to consider all aspects of our students’ education and support their all round well-being. Either through one to ones with students or in small groups we help students improve their reading, writing and understanding. We take a multi-sensory approach to our teaching which helps our students learn effectively.
How do we check the students’ progress?
With regular monitoring of our students’ progress we can decide whether they have met their targets and do not need intervention but equally we can decide to give the students support right through to their GCSEs and A levels. We work closely with outside agencies so that the students’ needs are met. We will up date you with your childs progress and give you ideas about how you can support your child at home.
How do we work with parents and carers?
We aim to work with parents and carers to understand how best to help their children. We will up date you with your childs progress and give you ideas about how you can support your child at home. The road to independence. We are flexible and innovative in our approach and have fun on the journey to seeing our SpLD students independently flourish.