Regents sees each child as an individual with individual needs and Learning Support makes sure this ethos is adhered to with the greatest care and understanding. We ensure every pupil that needs learning support has the tools they need to succeed. Connections are made with class teachers, parents, medical professionals and tutors in order to provide pupils with targeted learning, engaging them in a way that is fun and challenging.
With four fully qualified (M.A.) teachers who all specialise in special education needs and six full-time and two part-time Learning Support Assistants, groups of students are kept to a minimum and always have the full attention of staff. Both the teachers and the assistants are trained in dealing with acute disorders such as autism.
Thai, Mandarin, French, Russian, Italian and Serbian languages are all spoken in Primary Learning Support – having staff who speak multiple languages is something we see as incredibly important.
What makes our Learning Support distinct?
Learning Support for students does not work unless all school departments, parents and any medical professionals work together. At Regents we keep in touch with all of the facets of a pupil’s education so that we can target the areas that require the most attention. Regents also invites specialists to the school for those students who need them. One example of this is a speech and language therapist from local specialist school The Village.
As of September 2015 three brand new classrooms will be solely allocated to the Primary Learning Support department giving us an area where we can foster the best learning environment for your son or daughter.
What options are available?
Because the learning support needs of each individual pupil varies so significantly, we must be flexible in our methods of teaching. Students are put in small groups, or in some cases 1-to-1 support. The goal is to have the students facilitate their own learning as quickly as possible. In all streams we discourage the pupil’s reliance on adult support, urging them to make their best attempt via group or self-learning.
No decision will be made without consultation with you the parent - working out the best course of action is always done collaboratively.
“60% of learning support students in the last school year have transitioned back into the mainstream curriculum”. - Tricia Gray, Head of Primary Learning Support