“I work in Lapage on a Tuesday and Thursday and my role is to provide support and advice for children who have difficulties with speech, language and communicating and interacting with other adults and peers.” Neal Marshall, Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist
“Learning Mentors work with groups of pupils and individuals (throughout the school), teachers and managers, parents, carers and families, schools and other agencies, helping to construct a support network. Within the framework they develop trusting relationships in which information can be shared.
A wide variety of pupils are supported by Learning Mentors, often with behaviour problems, persistent absences, including SEN pupils. The pupils may be demotivated or lacking self-esteem, have fallen behind with their work, find communication difficult or may have physical difficulties.
Whatever issues individual pupils face, Learning Mentors can help develop respect not just for themselves but also for those around them.
There are many after school clubs that pupils are able to participate in. These are run by the Learning Mentors and include both educational and sports related activities.
As Learning Mentors we are aware that getting target children out from class to spend quality time to reflect on their learning or behaviour, problems or any issues that they may have, actually helps them recognise self-awareness and gain skills to use in class. Therefore, it will prepare them for the curriculum.
We believe that all pupils should be able to enjoy different experiences, including SEN pupils. These experiences help build character, self-esteem, broadening horizons and develop their motor co-ordination skills at their own pace.
For inclusion we take out SEN groups to trips such as; St Ives horse riding, where the pupils receive the therapeutic benefits that riding can bring with the opportunity to achieve their personal goals and develop their self-confidence.” – Asrar Qayum and Asif Iqbal, Learning Mentors
These Frequently Asked Questions have been devised in conjunctions with parents of children with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities.Who are the best people to talk to in this school about my child’s Special educational needs and if I have any concerns?
What are the different types of support available for my child with SEN in this school?
Will my child be comfortable with their class teacher?
How is my child kept safe at this school?
How will the school manage my child’s challenging behaviour due to Special Educational Needs?
How will my child be able to interact with other children?
How often is the school going to feedback regarding my children’s progression and learning?