The pastoral care from which pupils benefit is excellent and fosters warm relations.

ISI 2013

Learning Support

At Plymouth College, The Study Centre provides all support for learning and assessment needs.  Learning support lessons and study skills lessons for all year groups are available. 

The Study Centre consists of Mrs Herod, SENCO, educational psychologist and teacher, Mrs Willden, specialist Dyslexia teacher, Mr Boots, English teacher and specialist Dyslexia teacher, Ms Ashenbury, peripatetic English teacher, Miss Bassett, peripatetic Maths teacher and Mrs Adlington, administrative support.

In Years 7 - 13, teaching programmes are developed to meet the needs of pupils with Specific Learning Difficulties (e.g. dyslexia and dyscalculia) or more general learning needs. Students are offered individual or small group lessons with a specifically trained teacher and materials. Study Centre staff also monitor specially adapted timetables for pupils receiving support. Group and individual study skills lessons are also given throughout Years 9 - 13 to support pupils in organisation, learning and revision, so supporting them to achieve their full academic potential.

The Study Centre also has a Higher Teaching Assistant, Mrs Fisher, who offers in-class support and specific support when needed, e.g. transitions, specific subjects, science. At a whole school level, the school follows the SEND Code of Practice. A SEND register of pupils and Personalised Learning Plans provide opportunities for target setting and review in liaison with parents and teaching staff.

The Study Centre also supports the Pastoral Team, by meeting with individuals who require behavioural and emotional support. The Study Centre’s staff also undertake a range of assessments for Plymouth College pupils, including specialist teacher screening for Dyslexia and handwriting assessments.  Mrs Herod is the ‘in house’ assessor for exam concessions, including internal and public GCSE and A level.  She also completes full cognitive assessments and assessments for the Disabled Students allowance (DSA) for Sixth Formers.  The College also has visiting independent educational psychologists.  Parents are contacted and consulted by Study Centre staff on aspects of the support and services provided in the department.

Other programmes offered include: reading recovery; touch typing and alternative methods of recording. Other ICT programmes are available in liaison with the ICT department, e.g. The European Computer Driving Licence. The Study Centre has a lunchtime club, offering unstructured time, for pupils to relax and see their friends. Supportive after school prep is also available within the Study Centre.

The department’s approach to learning difficulties continues to be sensitive, unobtrusive and flexible. Support is particularly effective in promoting a positive attitude and a positive approach is used. Despite any difficulties, pupils are encouraged to participate in the full college curriculum. For further information, contact Mrs Herod on 01752 505177 or mobile: 07842 633903.

The pastoral care from which pupils benefit is excellent and fosters warm relations.

ISI 2013
back to top