"I am not afraid of storms as I am learning to sail my ship" Louisa May Alcott
At The Ladies' College we strive to ensure that every student reaches their full potential. Some will need just a little extra help to do that.
The Learning Support Department was formally established in 2016 in order to meet the needs of those students that experience difficulties in their learning, either short or long term, across both Melrose and Ladies' College.
The Learning Support Department is headed by Alison Coubrough-Barnett, a dyslexia specialist teacher with experience in a wide range of difficulties that can affect learning.
Individual, paired and small group sessions are offered in English and Maths. These take place before school, during assembly and in class time, using a wide variety of teaching techniques and programmes to meet the individual needs of each pupil. The current favourite is 'Dynamo Maths'; a computer based, interactive Maths programme that devises individual targets for each pupil based on her current skill level. The pupils then work through a series of activities and games to enhance their weaker areas in Maths, whilst having fun.
Alison is supported by Mrs Kate Lowe, a highly experienced and enthusiastic Junior department learning support assistant.
We are able to offer individual and small group tutorials. These take place on a weekly basis at lunchtime or after school. For students who have independent study, these can be used to schedule support sessions. The content of tutorials depends upon the particular area(s) of need. This may include reinforcement of class work in a particular subject, dyslexia specialist programmes, homework support, enhancing study skills, improving spelling, developing written work, effective revision techniques, improving personal organisational skills and investigating strategies for enhancing memory.
Alison is supported by Mr David Herschel, a highly experienced learning support teacher and teacher of Science.
All students, who receive regular support, will have a Student Passport; a personalised set of targets and strategies that are addressed within their sessions. These are agreed by parents and then shared with relevant teaching staff to ensure that effective strategies for teaching and learning are used across all subjects. These are reviewed twice a year, in conjunction with staff and parents.
Learning support incurs an additional charge, which is charged termly and added to the usual billing cycle.
If you feel your child would benefit from additional support, or you would like further information, please contact the Head of Learning Support by email firstname.lastname@example.org