BHGS believes that every pupil is entitled to the education that is most appropriate to her ability and best suited to her strengths and needs
The aim of the Learning Support Faculty is therefore to coordinate and assist teachers in the provision of support for individuals, groups and classes so that the most appropriate education can be provided for all pupils. In particular, we aim to improve and embed basic skills in literacy and numeracy, and develop independence and personal skills for study and for life.
We have a team of Learning Support Assistants who provide in-class support across the school. This can greatly assist pupils in their learning by helping them to organise their work and their thoughts, enabling further explanations with more levels of questioning, and ensuring that pupils are prompted to produce the best work that they can. The team also deliver booster sessions and catch-up groups at Key Stage 3. One third of their timetable is taken for cover supervisory work. In this way they get to know the subject curriculums well and can link students’ learning outside of the classroom to their mainstream work. The Learning Support team runs the homework clubs for the whole school, a dedicated support club for students with SEND, as well as taking on duties and being involved with enrichment clubs
Literacy, including reading for meaning, and writing skills.
Numeracy, including skills for life as well as the development of all areas of understanding in Maths.
We deliver the Prince’s Trust Achieve Programme. This is a portfolio assessed set of activities under such headings as Independence, Healthy Lifestyle, Managing Money, and Community Project. This is a Level 2 assessment resulting in Certification.
The Prince’s Trust Achieve Programme
The Prince’s Trust offers young people the opportunity to achieve a qualification in Personal Development and Employability Skills (PDE) whilst participating in the Achieve programme. The qualifications recognise a breadth of personal skills, qualities and attitudes valued by employers across a range of sectors, giving the learners the opportunity to:
Develop their own personal growth and engagement in learning
Engage in learning that is relevant to them and support their development of personal skills and attributes that are essential for employment and working life
Prepare themselves for progression into further education programmes, apprenticeships or other work-based learning
Develop their literacy, language and numeracy skills
The Achieve programme curriculum promotes a flexible approach, using relevant, experiential learning to support young people to achieve a range of personal and employability skills and gain qualifications. The modules from which we will build the programme of study are;
Personal, Social Development – Develops personal, communication and social skills in a range of situations.
Planning for Personal Development
Participating in Sport
Interpersonal and Self-Management Skills
Life Skills – Giving young people the tools to handle a range of relevant life situations.
Preparing for a Health, Active Lifestyle
Active Citizenship – Helps young people to engage with and influence community issues.
Supporting Others in the Community
Undertaking a Community Project
Enterprise Projects – Young people learn and practise commercial and creative skills.
Undertaking and Reviewing Your Enterprise Project
Preparation for Work – Identify strengths and interests, and develop core employability skills.
Practising Leadership with Others
Assessment is through an externally-moderated portfolio of work which is completed over a 2 year period. The level of qualification depends on the quality of work produced.
The Prince’s Trust Achieve programme contains a number of activities that are take place outside the classroom designed to enable learning from ‘real-world’ situations. This includes gardening, visits to specific places on the High Street, and visits to student-selected educational sites of interest.