The Learning Support Department is made up of a team of experienced staff including the SENCo (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator), teaching assistants and volunteers. The learning support team is based in the Student Services Centre (SSC)which provides a base from which to work with individuals and small groups of students. As a team we provide advice, guidance and support to students, staff and parents.
The Student Services Centre is open at all times of the day, supporting students with a wide range of needs. It offers a number of programmes of support, delivered by enthusiastic and effectively trained staff. The largest proportion of the support is classroom based with our teaching assistants working closely with subject teachers to enhance the learning experience of the students. Only a small minority of students access some of their learning in the SSC during the school day as we believe that our young people benefit most from being taught by subject specialists but with extra support alongside. Students also have the opportunity for support with homework every evening until 4pm.
The learning support department aims to work closely with parents, students and staff to ensure that all students achieve their full potential and enjoy their learning.
We would love to invite you to our SEND Café.
The format of the café is 15-20 minutes talking/ learning about the issues relating to the learning differences below then plenty of tea and cake and chat time.
Intended for parents and NMS students (any siblings you need to bring are welcome)
Start time 4pm and finishes at 5.30pm.
Dates for SEND Café
- Wed 10th October - What can I do? How to help your child with a learning difference (including dealing with anxiety).
- Wed 28th November Dyslexia
- Wed 30th January ASD
- Wed 27th March ADHD
- Wed 1st May Dyspraxia
- Wed 19th June review of SEN policy
Parents’ Drop-in with SENCO
Wednesday afternoons 3.30pm-4.30pm
No appointment needed – go to reception and ask for Mrs Winterbottom
Every night after school 3.10-4.00 in S4
Staffed by TAs who can help you with the mysteries of homework.
ASD/ADHD Support Groups