Here at DCPS, we take Learning Support very seriously and work hard to establish strong working relationships between pupils, parents and staff. We believe that achieving a good rapport underpins success in learning. We support pupils with a range of difficulties including Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Dyscalculia and SpLD who require varying levels of assistance.
Our aim is quite simply to provide the best help possible to each and every pupil with a learning need, however great or small, in order to fully access our wide breadth of curriculum. Every care is taken to include pupils in everyday lessons and to avoid taking them out during times of critical learning.
All pupils who are new to Main Prep have the option to take part in a fun and interactive online dyslexia screening. This in turn provides us with an indication of any dyslexic tendencies. Subsequently the requirement of a professional report may be advised. We currently use screening from GL Assessment and Nessy. Nessy is endorsed by the British Dyslexia Association and there is a small charge of around £8 for either of these assessments.
Pupils in Main Prep with professional reports such as an Educational Psychologist or Dyslexia, will be offered 45 minutes 1:1 teaching with our Learning Support Assistant. The only exception to this is in Year 6, where we prefer pupils to have small group support to avoid missing lessons. These sessions are individualised teaching programmes aimed to assist in a particular subject or subject area. Fees are included in the basic school fee structure.
Specialist Dyslexia Teaching
Dyslexia teaching is offered by an experienced visiting teacher, Mrs Nikki Brinson and there is an additional fee for this of approx. £34 an hour. She will carry out an initial assessment followed by an individual learning plan.
High quality Teaching Assistant support is always available in lessons in order to avoid issues such as low self-esteem.
We run small groups during Chapel or Assembly time to provide a short, sharp learning ‘boost’ in areas such as times tables and phonics. These sessions aim to be fun and interactive.
We recognise that dyslexia friendly teaching and learning environments can help all pupils, so we endeavour to use dyslexia friendly fonts, coloured backgrounds, coloured overlays and paper.
Mrs Vikki Fenton is our SENDCo and is pleased to answer any queries you may have – firstname.lastname@example.org