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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