Q and A

What are the key areas covered in a Learning Support sessions?

Approaches to Learning

Revision

Exam technique

Mathematics

Writing Skills

Spelling Skills

Reading Skills

How many pupils are in an LS lesson?

Classes are usually taught on a one-to-one or two-to-one basis. Classes for older students can on occasion be larger but there are usually no more than 3 pupils in a class. Classes can be a mixture of boys and girls. The groups are created according to individual strengths and weaknesses. All levels of support incur an additional charge. Please refer to the table below.

Can all pupils have 1:1 help?

All pupils can have individual tuition. These sessions will usually take place during timetabled Learning Support sessions or in private study periods. This level of support will incur an additional charge. Please see the table below.

Are pupils encouraged to use personal computers?

Many pupils have their own laptop computers and these may be used within classrooms, by agreement, for note taking, essay writing etc. However, any inappropriate use of a laptop will result in the privilege being taken away. The school also does not take responsibility for any damage or loss of expensive equipment such as laptops.

How do the pupils perceive the LS lessons?

Pupils are happy with the support they receive in the Learning Support sessions. It is valued and appreciated. The environment is friendly and positive and students are keen to take full advantage of the help and facilities available to them. There is no sense of stigma attached to attending classes.

Can pupils have access arrangements in exams?

Pupils who meet the examination boards’ criteria for access arrangements may be eligible for additional time, a reader, a scribe or the use of word-processors. These access arrangements must be supported by an up-to-date educational psychologist’s assessment and must also be supported by school-based evidence to demonstrate the need. An hourly charge is made for both internal and external exams where an outside invigilator has had to be brought in to act as a reader, scribe or to invigilate a pupil individually or in a small group. (Information on current charging rates can be obtained from the Examinations Office.)

What support is given to pupils with dyscalculia?

Pupils are given support on a one-to-one or small group basis. The lessons concentrate on basic numeracy and repetition of class work – the key element being reinforcement by pre or post teaching by experienced and qualified tutors. In addition they may also be assigned a ‘Study Buddy’ who acts as a valuable support for the Maths Tutor and are often perceived as a role model by the weaker pupils.

What links are there between the Learning Support and other academic departments?

HCH has committed and well-trained staff who are aware of the needs of the pupils with learning difficulties. They are kept in touch with new developments in pupil needs at staff meetings and through bulletins and can refer to the Learning Support Handbook to gain information on individual student needs and suggested teaching strategies to help them. The LS tutors are available and happy to give advice and guidance to departments and it is felt that the LS Department is very well regarded within the school, and was recently highlighted as ‘outstanding’ in the Ofsted report.

What feedback do parents get and how can they keep in touch?

There are termly subject and pastoral reports to which LS tutors contribute. Contact is also maintained, via face-to-face conversations, telephone, text and email. At the beginning of the school year parents are notified of the name and contact details of their child’s LS tutor, and the LS provision that has been put in place for their child.

What is the cost of a term’s lessons?

We try to teach 10 lessons a term. This takes into account pupil absences for trips and illness.
Ten one-to-one lessons are £450
Ten two-to-one lessons are £350
Ten three-to-one lessons are £250

Are there any additional costs?

Additional costs may also be incurred for specialist testing and report writing, as well as additional/special arrangements for exams.

Starting or cancelling lessons

The decision to start or stop Learning Support lessons is made in partnership between parents and the school. Sometimes this conversation is initiated by the school through montitoring results and feedback from teachers, and sometimes it is initiated by parents. The decision to stop lessons should not be made lightly or suddenly, and must be agreed by the school in order to ensure that appropriate provision is in place. The school reserves the right to require learning support provision as part of the home-school agreement.