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Pupils enjoy their studies and their wider involvement in school life - they feel well looked after.

ISI 2013

Learning Support

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

The Study Centre consists of Mrs Herod, educational psychologist and teacher; Mrs Willden, specialist teacher; Mrs Ashenbury, teacher; Mrs Woolvet, peripatetic specialist dyslexic teacher; Mrs Bassett, peripatetic maths teacher and Mrs Adlington, secretary.

In Years 7 - 13, teaching programmes are developed to meet the needs of pupils with specific learning difficulties (e.g. dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, and dyspraxia) or more general 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 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 teaching assistant, Mrs Fisher, who offers in-class support and specific support when needed, e.g. transitions, specific subjects, reading. There are also study support assistants in place to promote independent study. At a whole school level, the school follows the SEN Code of Practice. A study centre register of pupils and Individual Education Plans (IEPs) provide opportunities for target setting and review in liaison with parents and teaching staff.

The Study Centre also supports the Pastoral Team, by meeting regularly with individuals (and parents) who require behavioural and emotional support. The Study Centre’s staff also undertake a range of assessments, including screening for dyslexia; assessment for exam concessions, including internal and public GCSE and A level; full cognitive assessments and assessments for the Disabled Students allowance (DSA) (for Sixth Formers). Mrs Herod also completes assessments for Plymouth College Prep School pupils; OPMs and pupils outside of Plymouth College on request.

Other programmes offered include: ICT literacy programmes; touch typing and alternative methods of recording, such as voice activated programmes. 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/Mrs Adlington on 505177 or mobile: 07842 633903.

Pupils enjoy their studies and their wider involvement in school life - they feel well looked after.

ISI 2013
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