Education & Learning Support
Education and learning support at Boldon exists in order to provide help and support to students:
- who have experienced difficulties with basic skills
- who need advice about any personal or school matter
- who as a result of physical, social or emotional problems, find it difficult to work in a normal classroom situation
- who need additional help to that given by teachers
At Boldon two departments provide the help and support that these students need. The Learning Support department is dedicated to helping students who experience difficulties with basic skills. The Education Support Centre is an additional facility that complements any support already given by subject teachers, departments and pastoral teams.
The Learning Support department exists to help those pupils who have experienced difficulties with basic skills and also to offer support to those children who, as a result of physical, social or emotional problems, find it difficult to work in a normal classroom situation.
Learning support is offered to these pupils in 1 of 2 ways:
- The children are taught in smaller groups than is usual, to enable their needs to be closely monitored and reviewed.
- The children are taught in mainstream classes with a learning support teacher or learning support assistant working alongside the classroom teacher to enable their individual learning needs to be met.
The department works closely with external support agencies, and welcomes the support of parents. We aim to develop a co-operative approach to your child’s education.
Educational Support Centre
The Education Support Centre (ESC) is an additional facility that complements any support already given by subject teachers, departments and pastoral teams.
It provides a supportive facility (withdrawal, in-class support and counselling) for pupils and also helps them to continue with their normal working curriculum. The ESC will work towards breaking down any barriers to learning that pupils may have, whether they be academic, behavioural or social.
Pupils may require support because of:
- Difficulties at transition;
- Reintegration problems (e.g. transferring schools, returning from long term absence, exclusion);
- Underachieving due to e.g. learning difficulties, social difficulties, attendance, illness, attitude to work/school, and problems outside of school.
- Stress due to bereavement, family break-up, teenage pregnancy or bullying;
- Problems with behaviour and social skills where help will be provided with e.g. anger management, the need to accept rules, routines, sanctions and authority, improvement with social and communication skills.
Referred pupils work with the ESC manager and staff. An action plan will be established which will work on targets that will help them to return to mainstream classes using a staged re-integrations process.
The ESC aims to help and improve attendance, discipline and attainment in the school.