Learning Support

“The Learning Support Department is a great strength of the School and is extremely effective in meeting the needs of LDD and EAL pupils.”
ISI Inspection, 2009

The department is part of the school and we have a dedicated Learning Resource Centre. The team, which includes a, a learning support assistants and a specialist dyslexia-trained teacher, work with staff, across all age ranges.

We prepare our pupils to become independent and active learners, enabling them to move confidently onto their senior schools.

Together we identify pupils with learning difficulties and where appropriate, provide support within the classroom. Some pupils are also taken out of lessons to follow programmes specifically designed to address their individual learning needs. This can be either through one-to-one sessions or small groups support.

Individual educational plans are drawn up between the teaching staff and the Learning Support Department. Pupils and parents also play an active role in this planning process. These plans ensure that pupils’ specific learning needs are addressed across the curriculum, so they experience an inclusive learning environment.

Staff

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Suzanna Ward
SENCo
Full Time

I joined Terra Nova in September 2011, coming from a state primary school in Staffordshire. My career had been gravitating towards special needs for the previous couple of years and I was keen to run my own department. I was also drawn to Terra Nova because it is a boarding school: it has been a lifelong dream of mine to attend a boarding school (I blame Enid Blyton!)

I live on site with my husband and two children, who both attend TN. I love working here and in particular enjoy working as part of a small team within a bigger team. The most rewarding part of my job is that magic moment when a child finally ‘gets’ something they have been struggling with, whether that be an academic skill or the ability to jump with both feet off the ground!

Within the LRC we are all so passionate about what we do. We constantly seek to improve our teaching through CPD and sharing the experience of others.

My major role is the coordination and support of all students who attend the LRC in whatever capacity. I am at the forefront of all our liaison with parents and staff, although my other team members all contribute to this as well.

My work includes:

  • Assessing prospective pupils for suitability to our school;
  • Assessing and writing reports for pupils who are referred to the SEND Department for various reasons;
  • Keeping the SEND List current;
  • Compiling IEPs and ensuring they are updated on School Manager;
  • Setting targets with all teachers for their work with children on the SEND List;
  • Supporting staff who are struggling with certain pupils;
  • Supporting pupils through LRC Prep Sessions;
  • Visiting future schools to assess suitability for children on the SEND List and ensuring they have the facilities to enable continued progression of our pupils;
  • Bringing any pastoral issues encountered through the LRC to the attention of the Pastoral Team at Pastoral Meetings (Fridays);
  • Overseeing the work of others in my team, ensuring they have access to regular CPD and are part of the school’s appraisal procedure;
  • Liaising with external professionals as and when needed;
  • Monitoring the progress of all children on the SEND List;
  • Administering whole year group assessments when required (CAT3, VR and NVR);
  • Liaising with the LEA with regard to any children who have a Statement of Special Educational Need;
  • Supporting the school’s CPD programme with relevant input.

There are many more day-to-day jobs that I do which are not listed here. Being a SENCo encompasses so much more, but I am aware that you may have other documents to read!

 

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Liz Corlett-Moss   
Specialist Dyslexia Teacher
Full Time

I joined Terra Nova in September 2012 after having completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Specific Learning Difficulties/Dyslexia and gained AMBDA. I was delighted to be appointed as the Specialist Teacher here and thoroughly enjoy working with the children on one-to–one multisensory personalised learning programmes. It is very rewarding to see the children grow in confidence as they begin to unravel what can seem to them like the unsolvable mystery of reading and writing.

I work with children mainly on a one-to-one basis as each learning programme is specific to their individual needs. Occasionally I provide small group work for children who would benefit from very similar input. I also provide one-to-one revision support for some pupils in maths.

My work includes:

  • providing multisensory literacy programmes for children with SpLD
  • helping raise the self-esteem of those children
  • working closely with the SENCO to establish suitable programmes of work for pupils who require support
  • carrying out standardised and diagnostic assessments
  • enabling pupils to become more independent learners
  • helping to raise standards of achievement for all pupils
  • liaising with parents about their child’s provision and progress

 

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Michelle Vincent
Learning Support Assistant
Full Time

I joined Terra Nova initially to work in the Pre-Prep as a classroom assistant. I applied for the role in the LRC in 2011 and was initially employed to cover a maternity leave. When this contract came to end, it was decided that I should stay as a full time assistant.

My role is split between three main areas: general in-class support; targeted in-class support; small group support. Occasionally, I will support children in a one-to-one capacity. I have a particular interest in working with children who struggle with fine and gross motor skills. I also work closely with the children who are on the Autistic Spectrum, enabling them to be happy and settled during the school day.

My work includes

  • listening to children read in the LRC in the morning and form period in year ¾
  • In class support for targeted children
  • One-to-one physio with targeted children
  • Small handwriting groups
  • Games support to enable all children to engage with sport
  • helping children with Numeracy, Literacy and many other areas of the curriculum
  • helping children who need extra support to complete tasks
  • educational games with children and encouraging them to learn through practical activities
  • helping with routine administrative tasks
  • working alongside teachers to support learning activities and also working very closely with the SENCO
  • helping to plan lessons and prepare teaching materials
  • assessing, recording and reporting on the progress of the pupils I work with
  • enabling pupils to become more independent learners
  • helping to raise standards of achievement for all pupils
  • keeping pupils on task within the lessons
  • raising self-esteem
  • attending LRC Parents Day

My Skills and Interests as a TA are:

I enjoy working with all children and making a genuine difference to their everyday lives. I have a particular in interest in working with children who have ASD and would, without my support, find school challenging. I am constantly looking to learn more, and am hoping to qualify as a Level 3 Teaching Assistant in the near future.

 

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Natalie Walton
Learning Support Assistant
Part Time

I first joined Terra Nova in September 1998 and worked full time in the Nursery. I spent a very happy 9 years working with the younger children of the school. The opportunity came up for me to go back to college part time and complete the Teaching Assistant Foundation Degree at SouthCheshireCollege. After completing the course there was an LSA position made available in the Prep School working with the SENCo and I have been doing this job ever since!

(Which I love) The most rewarding part of the job is seeing the children grow in confidence and do the best they can.

I am currently working part time after having my son in May 2011 but look to become full time again once he starts school.

I help teachers with their everyday work. I usually work with small groups or with individual children. My duties vary depending on the particular job and the age of the children. In the morning I spend time hearing children read in our ‘early readers’ club (8.00 – 8.30).

My work includes

  • listening to children read in the LRC in the morning and form period in year 3/4
  • helping children with Numeracy, Literacy and many other areas of the curriculum
  • helping children who need extra support to complete tasks
  • educational games with children and encouraging them to learn through practical activities
  • helping with routine administrative tasks
  • working alongside teachers to support learning activities and also working very closely with the SENCO
  • helping to plan lessons and prepare teaching materials
  • assessing, recording and reporting on the progress of the pupils I work with
  • enabling pupils to become more independent learners
  • helping to raise standards of achievement for all pupils
  • keeping pupils on task within the lessons
  • raising self-esteem
  • attending parents day

My Skills and Interests as a TA are:

  • I enjoy working with children and am interested in all aspects of education
  • I am able to build good relationships with children, parents and carers, and teachers
  • I am able to work well under the supervision of a teacher and enjoy working as part of a team
  • I am willing to be flexible and creative
  • I have good literacy and numeracy skills
  • I am patient but firm when necessary
  • I am able to manage groups of children and deal with challenging behaviour.

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