At Lanesborough we are concerned with developing the potential of each individual. Many boys will need help with a particular area at some time in their school life and staff will work together to help to overcome any difficulties. However, there will be instances where a member of staff feels that problems with work may stem from a specific learning difficulty, such as dyslexia.
If it is felt that assessment and support would be beneficial then parents will be consulted. After an assessment, there will be a meeting with parents to discuss how their son can best be supported. In some instances, it may be felt that a further assessment by an outside agency, such as an Educational Psychologist, would be beneficial to help to highlight strengths and weaknesses and to plan an appropriate programme of support.
Support can take many forms such as, for example, monitoring by the class or subject teacher, target setting and monitoring, a helper in the classroom for a specific subject or withdrawal from one lesson each week for individual or small group support for literacy or numeracy. In withdrawal lessons we use as many ways as we can to reinforce learning. Learning programmes are tailored to foster a sense of success and to boost self confidence. Sessions are planned to be brisk and absorbing with a strong element of fun!
While the majority of the support at Lanesborough is for a mild specific difficulty with written language, we also work with some boys with mild physical and sensory needs or communication and interaction difficulties. Each boy is considered carefully so that we can draw up an individual programme and parents are fully involved in the process through meetings at key points in the year.
Head of Learning Support