Learning Support: Durham School: independent day and boarding school in the North East of England for boys and girls
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Learning Support

The Learning Support Department at Durham School has a long history and well-deserved excellent reputation.

There are three dedicated, well qualified teachers who assess, plan and implement individual one to one lessons for pupils with a variety of needs.

The Department screens all new pupils to the school and conducts further diagnostic testing if required.  Contact with parents is very important and pupils are always involved in decisions about their learning. We hold regular individual parents' meetings and provide detailed but easy to understand Pupil Passports. We pay due regard to the SEN Code of Practice 2014 and the Equality Act. 

Information regarding pupils' differences and how best to teach them is passed on to all class teachers and we offer clear and helpful advice to members of staff. As well as on an informal basis, we provide professional development to staff on a regular basis and bring in experts to train staff as often as we can.

Over the years we have taught pupils with dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, ADHD, DCD, Aspergers Syndrome and PDD (NOS) .

We also see pupils who may just need a short catch up programme in reading, spelling or organisation and we can offer study skills programmes at any stage of a pupil's career.

At various times during a pupil's time here they will be assessed for Access arrangements for external exams.

At Bow, learning support is available from Early Years upwards. At the youngest ages, needs are identified and supported within the setting and by means of our generous staff to pupil ratio. Each form from Reception to Form Two has a classroom assistant who can offer in-class support to those children requiring it. This continues in the Prep School (Y3 to Y6) and is augmented by small groups or individuals being withdrawn from class for specialist help as well. The amount of help varies depending upon the degree of learning support required. 

We treat each child uniquely here at Durham School and tailor our teaching and support to the individual, allowing them to reach their full potential and to gain confidence and assurance for life. 

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