At Clifton High we aim to realise the individual brilliance of all our boys and girls. We recognise and foster individual talents or gifts and provide support to those who may have additional learning needs.
Our Enhanced Learning Department provides one to one and small group lessons and is set up to:
· Provide support for those pupils with additional learning needs such as dyslexia, dyspraxia or dyscalculia.
· Provide additional teaching for those pupils for whom English is not their principal language.
The Enhanced Learning Department is led by the Head of Enhanced Learning and has three specialist teachers, a co-ordinator for English as an Additional Language teaching and learning and an English as an Additional Language Tutor.
To find out more about the different areas of the Enhanced Learning Department see below.
Additional Learning Needs
The Head of Enhanced Learning works closely with class and subject teachers across the school to ensure that those pupils identified as having additional learning needs are well supported. Through ongoing evaluation of classwork or the results from assessment we can ensure that all our pupils are progressing in line with their abilities and that their rate of progress is as we would expect. Should it be decided that additional levels of support are required an Individual Educational Plan (IEP) can be put in place promptly and reviewed regularly. Similarly, an IEP may be put in place as a result of an educational psychologist’s report.
We work closely with every individual pupil in Clifton High School, their teachers and parents to ensure we are giving the right level of support for our children to achieve their very best. As well as providing support through one to one or small group work we also work with boys and girls to understand their specific needs and help them put strategies in place to get the most of their learning both at school and at home. The Enhanced Learning Department runs additional reading, spelling, study skills and numeracy programmes which enable extra practice in the key skills. In Year 9 the Head of Enhanced Learning can assesses pupils to ascertain whether they require any special arrangements for public examinations.
English as an Additional Language
There are a number of pupils in Clifton High School for whom English is not their first language. We value this linguistic diversity and encourage opportunities for children to use and talk about their home language in play and learning.
Pupils who join Clifton High needing help with their English language skills are supported by the English as an Additional Language (EAL) team in the Enhanced Learning Department. After their initial assessment, pupils may benefit from an intensive 2-week induction period with a specialist EAL teacher or begin weekly or twice-weekly EAL lessons. The EAL team will continue to support the pupil with individual or small-group lessons and will regularly monitor the development of their English language skills.
The content of the EAL lessons depends on the needs of the pupil but typically will include a good balance of speaking, writing, listening and reading skills practice, linked with the content of the curriculum once appropriate.