Learning Skills Department including Learning Support
The Learning Skills Department at King’s was established to give all pupils the opportunity to reach their learning potential. Teachers in the department have a wealth of expertise and specialist knowledge and offer a high level of academic as well as pastoral support to pupils. The department works closely with those with specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADD/ADHD and Autistic Spectrum Disorders, as well as with pupils who have more general difficulties with their approach to studying. Emphasis is placed on building self-confidence and encouraging students to become independent learners with an intellectual curiosity, so that they are able to cope with the demands of the mainstream curriculum, as well as preparing them for life after they leave King’s.
Support for pupils begins at classroom level so pupils with known needs are highlighted on the school’s Support Register, which is regularly updated and distributed to staff. Those with more specific difficulties may also have a Pupil Profile; this outlines their strengths and difficulties, along with strategies for teaching staff. Learning Skills lessons are usually in pairs or small groups, and may be on a short- or long-term basis. We also offer short courses such as study skills, essay planning and writing, examination techniques, and relaxation and stress management. Pupils may also be advised to attend one or more of the subject-specific drop-in sessions which operate in many of the academic departments. Progress is reviewed regularly and the department keeps in close contact with other teaching staff and parents.
The Learning Skills Department has a suite of dedicated rooms situated above the award-winning library. These rooms are well-resourced with computers, literature, games and activities for the support of those with Specific Learning Difficulties as well as for Learning Skills in general. We have an open door policy so that staff and pupils are able to drop in at any time.