Learning Support starts and continues in the classroom; inclusivity is at the heart of our belief in this key area of student support. As our school operates in a non-selective environment there will always be students who have greater needs than others, or who access learning in different ways and consequently need alternative approaches in teaching and learning.  Where a student is entered onto the SEND register due to their needs being greater than can be met solely by quality differentiated teaching, a support structure is available in each school with qualified provision to supply additional help and expertise.

Dunstable Campus has a forward thinking ideal in providing for the Special Educational Needs of every individual student.  Special education is provided for those identified with a specific learning difficulty and also those who demonstrate a gift or talent for a specified subject.

Where necessary this provision can be supported by external assessments to identify learning needs and recommend strategies to effectively support the student in a very personalised way. There is significant emphasis placed on maintaining the wider objective that wherever possible the student will remain included as part of their peer group in meeting their social and emotional needs as well as addressing their learning needs.

Trained members of staff assisted by community volunteers ensure that teaching and learning activities are adjusted and, where necessary varied, in accordance with individual need so that full potential can be realised.

Where a student is entered onto the SEND register due to their needs being greater than can be met solely by quality differentiated teaching, a support structure is available in each school with qualified provision to supply additional help and expertise.

Where necessary this provision can be supported by external assessments to identify learning needs and recommend strategies to effectively support the student in a very personalised way. There is significant emphasis placed on maintaining the wider objective that wherever possible the student will remain included as part of their peer group in meeting their social and emotional needs as well as addressing their learning needs.

Gifted and talented young people are considered fully by the organisation of a sensitively chosen enrichment curriculum providing additional challenge and scope for further development. In this way they too are supported in their progress to enable them to achieve their full potential along with all others.

Quality first teaching is central to effective support of students with learning needs and it is recognised in Focus schools that every teacher is a teacher of children with special needs.


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