During their time in school, some students may experience a learning difficulty. We seek to identify such learning difficulties via our visits to Primary Schools, by communication with parents, the use of screening tests and by referral from individual subject teachers. Where appropriate, students have an Individual Education Plan. This details any learning difficulties and some strategies to help to overcome them as well as short or medium term targets. When an IEP is written or reviewed, parents and students are consulted and their input is encouraged and valued.
We have a team of experienced Teaching Assistants who work with teachers and parents to support students within the classroom. We also have a Learning Support resource centre which is used for more intensive support in small groups. This is also open at lunchtime for students who need some extra help with their work from support staff.
Some students who have a statement of special educational needs are allocated a keyworker. Their role is to support their students as appropriate. This may be to help them with organising their equipment or to liaise with their teachers. The keyworker will also keep track of progress and review a student’s IEP if they have one.
Literacy Booster Programme
At Banovallum School, we believe literacy is the key to accessing the school curriculum which in turn boosts confidence and self-esteem, raises achievement and enhances life-chances. It is for this reason that we have created a Literacy Booster programme. This supports those students for whom literacy is a barrier to learning. The programme is delivered by a small team of Teaching Assistants and the Learning Support Co-ordinator. Students work in small groups and we use a variety of resources including computer software, games and comprehension exercises. Some students join the programme for one hour a week for just a few weeks while others join for two hours a week for two years or more.
The base is open during break time and lunchtime for students who need some additional help with their work from the support staff.
Room 16 is open every lunchtime for all students to use to complete homework. Staff are on hand to help and support you with your work.