Learning Support

Learning Support

Welcome to the Learning Support Faculty. Our team of specialist teachers, learning mentors and faculty teaching assistants work across the curriculum supporting students to become successful learners, confident individuals and responsible citizens. At QES, a fully accessible and well equiped building, we actively promote Inclusion and see it as a process which maximises each student’s learning and raises their levels of personal achievement. We link with Student Services, our counselling service and external agencies to support students who may be at risk of under achievement due to :

·         having Learning Difficulties or Disabilities

·         having English as an Additional Language

·         being young carers

·         being out of school

·         being in a minority ethnic group, including faith groups, Travellers, Gypsies and Roma, asylum seekers and refugees


We offer a range of intervention strategies and support, all personalised to the needs of the individual; this may be short term or more long term.  We have strong links with all our middle schools and detailed transitional information about support needs is passed onto all QE staff.

 The types of support may include:

·         Raising Achievement classes

·         In class support from faculty teaching assistants

·         Short or long term support from learning mentors

·         Specialist ICT or equipment

·         Access arrangements e.g. extra time or a reader in exams

·         Support during transition including extra visits

·         Inclusion placements with Beaucroft School

·         Social skills courses

·         Supported homework club – at lunch and after school


We recognise that students have different strengths and aim to individualise the content of their programme of study as well as the way it is delivered and assessed wherever possible. Examples of how this is achieved include:

Raising Achievement group

Year 9 This is timetabled in lieu of a second MFL and aims to develop Literacy and Numeracy, leading where possible to Ed Excel Functional Skills qualification. This is delivered in small groups by specialist SEN teachers.

·         Years 10 and 11 RA option, working  towards ASDAN CoPE or Functional Skills in Literacy and Numeracy at level 1 or 2.

·         Entry level qualifications are available in English and Maths to ensure all learners leave QE with a qualification in these core subjects.



Morning intervention

·         Meet and greet

·         D201 registration group with SEN teacher as tutor to a very small group of students.

·         Literacy and /or numeracy intervention with TAs in registration time

·         MYE (Mind your emotions) programme guided by Learning Mentors


In- class support

Faculty teaching assistants and learning mentors support whole classes and individuals. Their aim is to promote independence of learning, boost confidence and support the completion of work. We may supply laptops or some specialist software to do this.

Extra-curricular opportunities

Each and every lunchtime D201 is open to all students who need guided study time and to drop in and catch up with class work / homework. They may have individual concerns they need to address or simply a quiet space in which to reflect. The lunch club is staffed by teaching assistants and learning mentors who are happy to give directed reading time, additional maths support or general learning support. Other activity set up and run by the team include table tennis, Social Use of Language Programme and Inclusive Sports


Contact details

Mrs Kim Ashby - SENCO - kashby@qe.dorset.sch.uk

Links/Useful Documents:

SEND iass-leaflet

SEND Report 2016-17