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Amongst other things, pupils classified as having cognition and learning needs may have specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia or moderate learning difficulties where there may be more general issues around literacy and numeracy. The learning needs may also be more severe and students may require appropriate intervention so they can access the curriculum. Support we can provide for pupils with cognition and learning needs is as follows:


  • Teachers will adapt the curriculum and resources appropriately, reflecting on the needs of the student and taking advice from the SENDCo regarding appropriate resources.

  • Strategies are provided to promote and develop literacy and numeracy, including one to one intervention to improve skills in a range of areas.

  • We access the expertise and advice of the Special Educational Needs Disability Outreach Service (SENDOS formerly SENTASS), Single Point of Access (SPA) and SEN Advice Support Allocation Panel (SEN ASAP formally SPoC), to ensure the needs of children are clearly identified and appropriate provision is in place.

  • We use Accelerated Reader to ensure students are reading on a regular basis.

  • ICT is used to reduce barriers to learning where appropriate.

  • We provide resources to support children with specific needs- e.g. coloured overlays and reading rulers to help with reading for our dyslexic children.

  • Our school’s SENDCo, Nichola Swan, can assess students for access arrangements so they can be in place for examination periods.

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