Learning Support

Gateways is an inclusive school community that values all its pupils. We actively support all our pupils to develop and to achieve their goals at a pace suited to their individual abilities.

Gateways welcomes pupils of all abilities and the school strives to provide a full and balanced curriculum for all its pupils in a professional and caring environment. Learning support is a valuable resource in meeting this provision. We believe that each pupil should be allowed to develop and to achieve their goals at a pace suited to the individual.

Aims

  • To provide support from an early age allowing progress to be made so that each child is able to reach his/her full potential.
  • To assess a pupil’s needs using diagnostic and standardised tests and, if necessary, refer to an educational psychologist for full assessment.
  • To liaise closely with, and advise teachers on relevant and appropriate teaching strategies to meet the needs of all pupils.
  • To ensure that pupils with learning difficulties are fully included and integrated into a broad and balanced curriculum; their needs are understood and their strengths valued.
  • To offer programmes of support to reflect the individual’s learning profile.
  • To equip our pupils with strategies for study to enable them to cope with the academic demands of the curriculum.
  • To liaise closely with parents, offering them support and advice.

Support

Our qualified full time Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo), Ms Fidelma Feeney, assisted by her team of experienced Learning Support assistants, is responsible for and supports the needs of pupils, including those with statemented needs in all areas of the School.

We provide:

  • Individual Education Plans which are updated regularly.
  • In-class support provided by Learning Support assistants working closely with the class teacher.
  • Additional support off timetable in individual, pairs or small group sessions with the Learning Support team.
  • Access arrangements for examinations/controlled assessments, allowing pupils up to 25% extra time in School exams.
  • English as an Additional Language (EAL) support to pupils where English is not their first language.