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Skills for Learning

All students learn in a variety of ways, and have different areas of strengths and difficulties. Within the Skills for Learning department we aim to support students to ensure that they have the necessary skills to access the curriculum at an appropriate level, across the spectrum from those with additional learning needs to those who are gifted or able in specific areas.

Firstly, if we identify your child as needing additional support– DO NOT WORRY. Many students will benefit from our support at some point in their school career. Some may need a very short term intervention to remediate a specific difficulty; others may need a longer term more intensive type of support.

Whatever your child’s learning needs, we aim to keep you informed, so that you can help us in supporting them. If you feel worried or concerned about your child’s learning needs, please contact us and we will be happy to discuss the ways in which we can help.

Who are the Key Staff

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Mrs Paula Farrand The school’s SENCo and is the head of the Skills for Learning department. She is also a deputy head teacher in school. Mrs Farrand is supported by Mrs Debbie Giblin, who is the SENCo assistant. P Farrand
Mrs Penny Dowling Specialist teacher who has a vast experience in working with students with a wide range of specific learning difficulties. She is also qualified to carry out assessments for Examination access arrangements for GCSE, AS and A2 examinations. P Dowling
Mr Kevin Moran  Oversees the provision for able, gifted and talented students, and works with other members of staff to ensure that students can reach their potential.  K Moran

We also have a dedicated and very highly experienced team of Teaching Assistants who work both in-class or in the Skills for Learning department, where they deliver specific interventions. Their role is to support students in accessing the curriculum at a level which is appropriate to them, and encouraging them to become independent learners.

Students who have a statement of special educational needs will be assigned a keyworker TA who will regularly meet the student set regular short term targets and liaise with both parents/carers and teaching staff.

Assessment and identification

In the summer term of year 6, a member of the Skills team visits the feeder primary schools. In first half of the autumn term the students carry out  a range of assessments including cognitive, reading and spelling tests. This information, together with KS2 SATs allows us to build up a learning profile of the students and  also to identify both strengths and weaknesses. We also assess reading and spelling annually throughout KS3.

How can we help?

This list is not exhaustive, but will give you an idea of some of the types of difficulties we support

  • Literacy difficulties
  • Specific learning difficulties (including dyslexia, dyspraxia, organisational difficulties)
  • Thinking skills
  • Study skills
  • Social skills

We provide support by

  • In-class support
  • 1:1 teaching
  • Small group work
  • Coursework support
  • Social skills group
  • Short courses
  • Alternative curriculum


The King's School SEN Offer

As part of the new SEND code of practice each local authority has to publish a local offer. This can be found by following the link below.

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