Study skills are taught in the Shell year through the PSHE programme. Pupils will receive practical help in areas of organisation, note taking, essay writing, memory and learning, revision techniques and how to tackle examinations. In addition, each academic department has a member of the teaching staff assigned to help those finding difficulties with the specific requirements of a subject, and another to help those who are particularly gifted and talented.
The School does not have a specialist unit to give continuous extra teaching to those with significant learning difficulties. Those pupils with mild difficulties (such as certain levels of dyslexia) can be provided with appropriate specialist help, as available.
The academically gifted child also needs careful nurturing. Banding and setting naturally help departments to produce schemes of work that differentiate according to ability. In addition, departments (and tutors) will always look for ways to stretch and stimulate the most able.
Teachers and tutors will endeavour to provide guidance and encourage good study skills. In addition, each pupil will have the opportunity to acquire their own thinking/learning profile in order to maximise strengths.
Those pupils who may be deemed to require individual support and guidance may be referred to members of the teaching staff who have particular expertise and experience. Any pupil who feels the need of support may go to the Educational Support department.
Educational Support takes various forms, including individual support or mentoring, group classes on specific issues, such as spelling, and study skills sessions. Any pupil may ask for help with study skills.
Learning Support Coordinator: Ms Gillian Moorcroft: firstname.lastname@example.org