Learning Support refers to the additional assistance provided to pupils over and above that which is available within the classroom during timetabled lessons.
It is an intervention strategy that may be used when a pupil experiences difficulties with an aspect of his/her learning.
The purpose of Learning Support is to enable pupils to improve performance and progress, fulfil potential and become successful learners.
Learning Support is not only for pupils who have an identified Special Educational Need (SEN). It may also be offered to pupils who experience other barriers to learning. The spectrum of additional support needs may range from those which are long term and complex to those which are short term and quickly met.
In St. Mary’s, teachers regularly offer pupils additional support for learning in the form of:
- Revision Classes;
- Coursework Clinics;
- Lunchtime Lessons;
- After-School Lessons; and
- Additional Learning Materials.
Learning Support is also available in form of:
- Mentoring with the Form Teacher;
- Mentoring with Senior Peer Mentors;
- Mentoring with Subject Teacher Mentors; and
- Assertive Mentoring.