The aim of the Learning Skills Department at King’s Worcester is 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 from across the academic spectrum, who wish to fine-tune their skills. Emphasis is placed on building self-confidence and encouraging pupils 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.
Learning Skills support at King’s is inclusive within our termly fees. We are proud to be able to offer pupils all the necessary support they require to develop confident and effective learners.
Emphasis is placed on building self-confidence and encouraging pupils to become independent learners with an intellectual curiosity.
Support for pupils begins at the classroom level, so pupils with known needs are highlighted on the school’s Support Register; this is regularly updated and distributed to staff. Those with more specific difficulties may also have a Pupil Profile, which outlines their strengths and difficulties, along with strategies for teaching staff. Pupils in 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. In addition, pupils may be advised to attend one or more of the subject-specific drop-in sessions which operate in many of the academic departments. The department keeps in close contact with teaching staff and parents, and the progress of pupils is reviewed regularly.
The Learning Skills Department has a suite of dedicated rooms situated above the 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.
One parent with a bright but underachieving boy who had disliked his previous school described the Learning Skills department as ‘amazing’. It had turned her son around completely – he now loves school and is doing very well. Perhaps more importantly, he no longer needs the additional support.