Learning Support

Oakwood pupil learning

Learning Support

Oakwood School is an educationally inclusive school in which the well-being, learning achievements and attitudes of every pupil matter.

The school recognises, however, that either for a short time or throughout a young person’s schooling some additional support may be required. Such support may be required as a result of a specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia, emotional or social communication difficulties, fine and gross motor skills enhancement, a linguistic difficulty or family circumstance.

The school liaises closely with prospective parents to identify any specific needs an individual may have prior to their starting at the school.  With the benefit of regular formative and summative internal assessments, teachers at Oakwood School are quick to notice any changes in a pupil’s performance or a widening gap between an individual and his or her peers.

We have a designated member of staff who is the whole school IENCO (Individual Educational Needs Co-ordinator) and other staff to provide additional support to children who would benefit from this at this stage.

All children progress at their own rate and those who are offered such additional assistance receive individual or group guidance. This is always set up in partnership with parents. Should further external support be beneficial then our staff are happy to work with them to support the child.

When required, a specific support programme is planned and delivered by Specialist Teachers. This usually involves 1 to 1 or small group tuition.  A termly Individual Education Plan (IEP) is written with specific targets outlined to be covered in the sessions.  Individual instruction programmes are designed to extend the pupils academically and to help them overcome their specific difficulties.  Part of a Support Programme may also offer some in class support with our highly experienced and qualified Learning Support Assistants across the core curriculum.  IEPs are reviewed at the end of each term with parents and provision planned, if required for the following term.

Where external assessments are required, the Learning Support Department is able to liaise closely with the relevant specialists prior to any assessment and then to meet with parents in order to discuss how best to implement any recommendations within school. 

Early Years Foundation Stage Local Offer