The Learning Support Department is near the Learning Resources area. We have 3 small rooms for individual and small group lessons.

All staff are qualified to work with children who have specific learning difficulties.

We have regular visits from an Occupational therapist and a Speech and Language therapist.

We try to be as flexible as possible with our support, children receive ‘in class support’ and if necessary, individual or small group support.

We accept referrals from staff and parents and usually complete an assessment before making decisions about the help a child requires.

We have regular meetings with parents, teaching staff and pupils to create or review a pupil passport for each child.

Provision maps are updated throughout the year and are used to identify the needs of individual children.

Our aims are:

  • To ensure that every child has an equal opportunity to participate in all aspects of school life, irrespective of race, gender or special need.
  • To provide equal access to the curriculum and to cater for the individual needs of each child.
  • To promote staff awareness of the need to differentiate effectively in order to cater for children with SEN and to provide staff training regularly and where appropriate.
  • To establish and maintain good home/ school communication.
  • To monitor and review individual needs regularly, and to maintain clear records of any action taken.
  • To review needs and provision each term.
  • To meet the requirements of current legislation.

All children are different and some have needs which require a differentiated curriculum. At Chesham Preparatory School we have children who receive a variety of specialist help.

The Learning Support Department has regular Open Days and holds seminars for staff and parents. Please click here to see our Special Needs Policy.

The information and links on this section of the website are for your interest only, if in doubt please seek advice from you GP.

Dyslexia

Organising or learning difficulties involving fine co-ordination and working memory, affecting aspects of language, learning to read or write or learning to manipulate numbers in an otherwise able individual.

Associated difficulties:

Dysgraphia – poor handwriting
Dyscalculia – poor maths skills

To contact the British Dyslexia Association for further information or courses for parents, teachers and children, click here or call 0845 251 9002.

Dyspraxia

Relatively poor co-ordination and balance without physical or perceptual causes.

The Dyspraxia foundation 01462 454986

To contact the dyspraxia foundation click here.

Language Disorders

Language disorders may affect a wide range of communication processes including speech sounds, rhythm, comprehension, organisation and use of language in social settings.

Afasic 020 72512834 or click here.

Learning Difficulties

Learning difficulty is an umbrella term that subsumes a wide range of factors that affect an individual’s ability to participate effectively in an ordinary school curriculum.

To contact NASEN please click here or Tel 01827 311500.

Sensory Integration

In order for the higher levels of the brain to work effectively, the lower levels must sort out information accurately. This processing of sensory information is called sensory integration.

A useful Information book – Sensory Integration – ISBN 095454340-8

ADHD

This is a neuro-developmental condition which means it is part of the make up of the brain. It is probably the most common of all learning difficulties.

For more information on ADHD click here.

Visual Discomfort

In order to be able to concentrate, absorb information and maintain interest in the written word the visual system has to develop certain capabilities. The eyes have to be able to move smoothly and easily along a line of print. Students also have to be able to adjust the focus of their eyes rapidly from distance to near and back again when copying from the board.

Some children have difficulty with this and need an Optometric evaluation available from the NHS or private optometrist.

For more information on an Optometrist used by some children at Chesham Prep click here or contact your GP.

Occupational Therapy

An Occupational Therapist visits the school once a week to deal with children who have poor fine motor skills or need handwriting practice. She is a health professional specializing in evaluation and treatment of various diagnoses that limit functional ability.

Learning Support in English

Regular meetings are held between all English teachers and Learning Support teachers to ensure the most appropriate and best professional help is provided for children with learning difficulties. Regular testing and assessments are carried out by the LSD, individual education plans are written and all test results and plans are then submitted to the English department.

Speech and Language Assessment

At CPS we have a visiting therapist who comes weekly to work with children with speech and language difficulties. She is concerned with all aspects of communication, language and speech.

For more information click here.