The Learning Support Department
Our team of specialist teachers and support staff are committed to empowering students not only to fulfil their potential, but also to ensure they become confident, independent and successful learners for life.
The Learning Support department is an integral part of the School. By working closely with the students, their parents and teachers, the department ensures that each girl’s individual needs are fully met.
We have the expertise and experience to help students with specific learning difficulties - such as dyslexia. However we also support any student who is under-achieving, whatever the reason. Within the School we have a highly effective monitoring system that detects any difficulties a student is experiencing at an early stage. This allows us to set up appropriate short, medium or long term support without delay. At this stage a screening assessment can be carried out by one of our specialist teachers, if necessary.
The students who receive learning support have varied needs, which may include difficulties with:
- literacy and numeracy skills
- working memory
- examination techniques
- self organisation.
Our teachers help the girls to analyse their difficulties and develop effective strategies to become successful learners.
Most of our lessons are on a one-to-one basis, offering a programme of support tailored to an individual student’s needs and her preferred style of learning. Targets are decided and an Individual Educational Plan (IEP) is drawn up and a copy distributed to the pupil’s subject teachers and parents. The IEP targets are reviewed bi-annually.
Members of our team also offer group support or, on occasion, can work with students within the classroom.
Every girl at Mayfield is seen as an individual with unique strengths and talents. We believe every girl is capable of success and, by helping girls to develop a positive and motivated attitude towards their learning, all things are possible.