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Cognition & Learning

If your child has Cognition & Learning difficulties, your child may need support with:

  • Reading and spelling
  • Learning new vocabulary and concepts
  • Memory
  • Number and calculations
  • General learning


Your child may have conditions such as:

  • Moderate Learning Difficulties (MLD)
  • Severe Learning Difficulties (SLD)
  • Downs Syndrome
  • Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD): Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Dyscalculia


Support for all pupils:

        All pupils at St Nicholas are entitled to, and receive Inclusive Quality-First Teaching though a broad and balanced                   curriculum, which is appropriately differentiated to meet individual learner needs.


This is achieved through:

  • Highly skilled teachers and well-trained support staff who are dedicated to your child’s academic, personal and social potential
  • Appropriate learning challenges, matched the National Curriculum guidelines


Differentiated learning challenges through:

  • Extending or reducing challenges
  • Varying the amount of adult or peer support given to complete the challenge
  • The way a learning challenge is delivered, completed and achieved. E.g. visually (looking), practically (doing), orally (speaking), aurally (listening).
  • Different resources to complete learning challenges
  • Different outcome of the challenge
  • Multi-sensory approach to learning challenges
  • Visual aids to support attention and listening skills, classroom organisation and language and concept development
  • Reward systems
  • Modelled language through repetition, emphasis and expansion
  • More thinking time
  • Writing slope boards, pencil grips and coloured overlays for reading
  • Appropriate seating plan
  • Talking partners & Peer support
  • Early identification of needs through a graduated approach to teaching and learning
  • Effective Accessibility, Anti-bullying, Behaviour Policy, Equalities, SEND & Inclusion and Teaching & Learning Policies


Additional Support

Your child may benefit from:

  • Small group work with adult support
  • Keep-up work in class with LSA
  • Reading interventions
  • Visual support for learning new words
  • Support for sequencing skills
  • Recordable devices to support memory for writing
  • Supported reading
  • Phonics intervention
  • Speaking & Listening intervention
  • Elklan’s Blank Level Questioning approach
  • Technologies to support class work


SEN Support

You child may access:

  • Pre teach and post teach learning sessions with LSA
  • Small group interventions
  • 1-1 or small group LSA support
  • Phonics interventions
  • 1-1 support using Speaking & Listening intervention
  • Handwriting intervention
  • Toe by Toe Programme
  • Power of 2 Programme
  • In class adult support
  • 1-1 Pastoral Support
  • Multisensory Dyslexia Intervention programme with Specialist Teacher
  • Exam Access arrangements
  • Advice and training for staff from specialists