WHAT DO WE OFFER AT DEAN CLOSE SCHOOL?

Literacy Support: a structured programme to develop reading, spelling and writing through a range of strategies which provide for different needs and experiences.

Numeracy Support: specific identification and application of intervention and teaching to address areas for development.

Curriculum Support: individual and targeted intervention according to the specific academic requirements of the student.

Study Skills: organisation, time management, effective learning, essay planning, note taking, revision skills, examination technique.

LITERACY SUPPORT

This is available for pupils whose literacy levels on entry present as an obstacle to their achievement of their full potential within subjects.  The need for confidence and aptitude in literacy is of paramount importance across the curriculum; pupils need to be able to read and write accurately (and at speed). Even GCSE subjects you might think of as practical, such as PE or DT, have a significant written content that forms part of the examination. So, if a pupil joins with a literacy deficit, we aim to address that in the first year of entry when they have their best window of opportunity to improve as far and as fast as they can. The literacy programme incorporates spelling, speed reading, all aspects of basic sentence structure, grammar and punctuation. Pupils’ progress is reviewed at regular intervals, with specific interventions being made for particular curricular technical vocabulary. There are no quick fixes in literacy and the programme is highly structured and sequential. Completion of the course has proven effective across the range of GCSE subjects in improving attainment.

Pupils can expect the following outcomes from the programme

  • improved spelling
  • improved reading through building up reading rate without loss of accuracy
  • greater accuracy in all written work
  • better confidence and self-esteem

NUMERACY SUPPORT

Numeracy Support is a one-to-one service where weak mathematicians have the benefit of individual help from a Maths specialist. Although the administration of Numeracy Support is undertaken by the Learning Support department, the Head of Maths advises on mathematical aspects of the role. The essence of effective Numeracy Support is based on

  • An empathetic relationship with the pupil
  • Constructive support that encourages the pupil to move forward
  • Provision of ‘working alongside you’ models, as opposed to ‘doing it for you’
  • Improvement in confidence and self esteem

CURRICULUM SUPPORT

Curriculum Support is a one-to-one service where pupils have the benefit of individual help across the curriculum. There is a set schedule for support, but considerable flexibility too. Pupils attending Curriculum Support are able to bring along any task with which they want help. Lessons are tailored to develop the pupils’ individual difficulties and self-confidence.

The essence of effective Curriculum Support is based on

  • An empathetic relationship with the pupil
  • Constructive support that encourages the pupil to move forward
  • Provision of ‘working alongside you’ models, as opposed to ‘doing it for you’
  • Work on effective study skills through real school tasks
  • Improvement in confidence and self esteem