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Literacy and Learning

This can include:

  • Reading and spelling
  • Learning new information and concepts
  • Working with numbers
  • Working memory
  • Concentration

Students may have conditions such as Specific Learning Difficulties, dyslexia, general learning difficulties, AD(H)D, Down’s Syndrome.

Students may present with difficulties that do not have a specific title.


What can St. Peter's offer?

Please note: These options need to be agreed upon for each student in conjunction with parents/carers and then regularly reviewed /modified.

Local Authority Dyslexia Guidance Report 2016

All students can access:

  • Quality First teaching with appropriate differentiation (including best SEND practice).
  • Visual aids to support key vocabulary, concepts and themes.
  • Dedicated and caring staff who value all students regardless of ability.

Support for targeted groups of students may include:

  • Blocks of 1:1 small group lessons that focus on a range of needs such as literacy, comprehension and spelling.
  • Nurture class/adapted curriculum
  • Dyslexia Action Group
  • Tinted backgrounds on teacher's boards

The nurture group is an adapted curriculum which is fun, engaging and designed to maximise opportunities for progress in literacy. This includes:

  • A reading/spelling scheme to ensure rapid progress.
  • A nurturing environment in a smaller classroom with full-time TA support.
  • Personalised targets and feedback to give the students a sense of their achievement.
  • Weekly opportunities for extra- curricular activities to broaden the students’ experiences and build their confidence and self-esteem.
  • Pastoral support at break and lunchtimes in the SEND department.
  • Homework support.
  • Regular feedback
  • Where needed, help from an external agency (e.g. Psychologist)
  • Teaching Assistant support in some lessons.
  • Break and lunch supported centre for vulnerable students.
  • Screening for dyslexic tendencies

Targeted individual support may include:

  • On-going tailor made 1:1 tuition in the SEND department, led by a teacher or teaching assistant under the instruction of the SENDCO/Assistant SENDCo/Lead for Cabin.
  • Where needed, help from an external agency (e.g. Educational Psychologist)
  • Termly testing for students with literacy difficulties to review and plan.
  • In class Teaching Assistant support in targeted lessons.
  • External agency advice where needed.
  • Exam access Arrangements.
  • Post 16 Transition support.
  • Keyworkers for students with EHCP's or with a high-level need.
  • Coloured Excercise books
  • Coloured over-lays
  • Print outs
  • Access to Laptops and other assistive technology

Links To Useful Organisations