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Learning Support

The department is available for any boy from year 7 through to year 13 needing extra input or support to help them achieve their full potential. The approach is flexible, providing support, as far as possible, where and when it is needed. It varies from small group booster sessions, to working regularly on a one to one basis or supporting a whole class.

Pupils requiring support are identified in a variety of ways. There is close liaison with previous schools, ensuring continuity on transition. Class teachers, parents and the boys themselves play a vital part in raising concerns. Reading, spelling and numeracy testing is used to diagnose specific difficulties and termly exam results are monitored carefully. External agencies, such as Speech Therapists or Educational Psychologists are consulted where appropriate.

Regular contact between parents and school is encouraged and parents are invited to discuss their son’s progress at an individual review meeting or at parents’ evenings.

Most students who receive learning support have an individual educational plan that ensures continuity and focused support between the learning support team, subject and form teachers.

Main areas of support;

  • Organisation
  • Literacy difficulties
  • Numeracy difficulties
  • Memory problems
  • Exam strategy and revision techniques
  • Specific subject support.

 

Department staff

0151 928 3308

Anna Edwards – Head of Learning Support a.edwards@merchanttaylors.com extn 9350

Angela O’Brien – Learning support teacher a.obrien@merchanttaylors.com

Colette Swift – Learning support teacher c.swift@merchanttaylors.com

Joanne Ascroft – Learning support teacher j.ascroft@merchanttaylors.com

Jeanette Blease – Exams officer and assessor j.blease@merchanttaylors.com

0151 928 3308 – general extn. 9404