Woodleigh School Learning Support
The learning support department exists to give specialised 1:1 support to the development ofliteracy and numeracy skills of children who would otherwise have difficulty in accessing thecurriculum at a level commensurate with their intellectual capacity.The department currently employs a member of staff holding the Hornsby International DyslexiaCentre Diploma (merit) in the teaching of students with specific learning difficulties and was lastinspected in April 2008 by CReSTeD (Council for the Registration of Schools Teaching DyslexicChildren) whose report is included in this prospectus pack and can be viewed on the WoodleighSchool website.Children receive support in one of three ways:
They may arrive as new pupils having already been assessed by an EducationalPsychologist, whose report forms the basis of the first teaching programme.
They may be referred as causing concern when very young, assessed and kept underreview, remediation following at a later stage if necessary.
They may be referred by staff, assessed and the process of remediation begunimmediately. It is likely that at some future time an assessment will be carried out by anEducational Psychologist. This is now generally sought from Dyslexia Action at YorkUniversity whose reports are comprehensive, detailed and prompt.Care is taken to avoid withdrawal from key and favourite subjects to promote an ethos ofinclusivity. Emphasis is placed on the importance of happiness and self-esteem and a belief thatall children can realise their full potential with support and a willingness to work hard.Ongoing liaison with teaching staff ensures that the expertise and experience of all is sharedfor the benefit of those pupils needing support.It is recognised that learning difficulties of any kind can be a source of anxiety to children andtheir parents and time is made available to parents whenever they wish in addition to the regularparent-teacher consultations held twice-termly. This is particularly valuable when the timecomes to make a choice of school for continuing education. The department liaises fully with thechosen school, before and after admission, should parents so wish.
Woodleigh School Learning SupportIn order to allow us to discuss any specific needs in detail when you visit Woodleigh, itwould be helpful if you could complete and return the form below before or at the time ofyour visit. Thank you.
If your son/daughter has previously had an assessment for learning support, please give detailsbelow:
Reason for assessment: