There is a wide variety of reasons that students might need a little extra help now and again; and our student support team aim to help you whatever your circumstances.
We have a range of ways to support you on offer whether you have a specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia, just need someone to listen to you, are stuck with a piece of homework or coursework or have fallen a little behind due to illness. Our team is here to help and support you.
Meet the team…
Georgina Durrant - SENCo and Assistant Head
Caroline Begley - SENCo Assistant and manager of the Nurture group
Trudy Reale - Primary Support Link and dyslexic support
Emma Wakefield - EAL and literacy support
Keith Finnemore - Teaching Assistants
Emma Lucas - Pastoral support; who offer guidance with coursework, time management and individual needs on either a confidential 1-2-1 basis or in a secure small group setting.
It is the policy of NCHS - The Science College to offer an inclusive education. Where additional educational needs can not be fully met through quality first teaching, we offer a variety of personalised and tailored methods of support including:
- Nurture; a group specifically structured to support those students in Year 7 who lack confidence or struggle in terms of communication with the transition to the secondary school.
- Study Skills; which can cover amongst other things: Handwriting; What to do when you get stuck? Proof reading; Skimming and scanning for information; Making notes; social and team building skills; and work to improve confidence and self esteem, through role play and conversation work.
- Literacy Skills (based on literacy progress units with support for dyslexia) ; which can cover amongst other things: Paired reading; Reading circle; Writing for pleasure. (We also use the much acclaimed Units of Sound programme where appropriate to individual needs.)
- Numeracy Skills (based on numeracy progress units with focussed support for dyscalculia); which can cover amongst other things: Times tables challenge; Calculation skills; Maths puzzles.
- Dyslexia Support using a synthetic phonics approach- blending, sight reading and then building up to book reading.
- Homework club in the library Monday to Thursday, offers support and guidance every afternoon with 5 computers available and experienced staff and even a free bus home!
Autumn 2011 update…
Parents will be delighted to hear that we have replaced the ‘Successmaker’ programme with far more personalised support. We have chosen two programmes to separate Literacy and Numeracy support entirely; ‘Nessy’ for literacy and ‘Rapid Maths’ for numeracy. These programmes are closely linked to the curriculum, helping students recognise the links in all their lessons.