Learning Support at The County High School , Leftwich commits to breaking down barriers which may prevent a young person from enjoying a fulfilling and meaningful educational experience . Our shared goal is to enable all students , irrespective of need , to thrive and enjoy their high school journey , guiding them throughout these formative years into happy and successful adulthood .
Through an ethos of inclusivity , our outstanding classroom teachers are supported to deliver exciting lessons to all students including those with learning difficulties . In order to ensure that our students receive a consistent approach in our classrooms , we have whole school guidance for teaching and learning of young people who have either traits or diagnosis of Autism ( ASC ), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder ( ADHD ) and Dyslexia .
When difficulties present themselves , a co-ordinated approach between our subject and pastoral teams , led by the SENDCo , enables swift identification of a learner ’ s needs , and the support that may be necessary in order for any barriers to be reduced . Working closely with the young people and their families allows for highly effective , onward referrals to appropriate outside agencies . A skilled and dedicated team of professionals target our learners ’ literacy , numeracy and social and emotional skills , via a comprehensive array of learning interventions , to enable them to access a broad and balanced curriculum .
Learning Support adopts a tiered approach to developing reading skills . For our very weakest readers , we use ‘ Read , Write , Inc ,’ a phonics based package which has specially adapted content for High School users , to ensure engagement and progress . For those who have demonstrated a sound grasp of phonics , our learners “ graduate ” to our paired reading programme . Year 10 reading mentors support those with reading difficulties in the lower year groups to develop both their reading and comprehension . This has proven highly successful over a number of years and many of our mentees go on to become mentors themselves ,