Learning support is offered in most, if not all schools but the quality, accessibility and success varies vastly. Here at Maltman’s Green School we pride ourselves on our exceptional learning support. Girls are given the time and attention they need, with an individualised programme monitored by regular target setting.
Maltman’s Green is a non-selective school and we welcome girls from all backgrounds. With specialist learning support teachers headed up by a qualified educational psychologist we are able to provide support to girls with dyslexia, dyscalculia, dyspraxia, attention deficit, hearing impairment and those needing assistance with processing and working memory. We also provide support for children with English as an additional language, including those who join the school with little to no English. Our learning support is so strong that all girls with specific and personalised Special Educational Needs plans gained places in their preferred senior school for 2018 entry.
Our approach is always pupil centred. The specialist teachers will find the right strategy and teaching method for each girl, understanding how they learn best as individuals. Lessons can be one-to-one or in small groups and have a focus on creativity, collaboration and fun. Using a variety of interactive techniques and state of the art technology, girls learn through practical, multi-sensory activities that convey concepts in an innovative way.
We work with outside agencies such as speech therapists, occupational therapists, educational psychologists and paediatricians for guidance and advice to make sure we fully understand the unique aspects of each girl’s development and can provide the relevant support for them. From Year 3 girls can receive an external assessment where those needing support are identified and a personalised programme is drawn up. Before this, girls can still receive support and are either put forward by parents or identified by teachers.
In addition to the support we provide for girls with special education needs, we also offer booster support in small groups for those who need a little more time to grasp tricky concepts. For instance, we run an English club for girls needing extra help with spelling, creative writing and comprehension, and a Maths club for girls who need a more creative style of teaching. These booster clubs take place before school, at lunchtime and after school, and have proved invaluable in breaking down the fear that can hold some girls back in these core subjects. Taking part in support clubs allow girls to return to their form groups and tackle these lessons with a renewed sense of confidence and enjoyment.
We make learning support fun and accessible for all our girls, and most importantly we create opportunities for them to succeed.
An Inspiring Example: Larissa James 6A
Larissa joined Maltman’s in Reception and one of her first memories is walking through the gates of Ada wondering why on earth she had to wear a boater hat!
For the first half of her primary years, Larissa was very shy and incredibly quiet in the classroom. If she didn’t have to speak, she would certainly rather not have to.
With the care and support of the Learning Support team, Larissa had extra lessons with expressive language, word retrieval and lots of help with remembering things. On top of this, she learned to cope with the challenges of diabetes and became skilled at managing her medical needs – even when this involved regular injections. As Larissa so aptly states: “The best thing about Maltman’s is knowing that everyone has been there for me, especially when I’ve needed help the most.”
With the support and aspirations of Maltman’s behind her, Larissa has always aimed high. Larissa was very successful in her senior school applications and was absolutely thrilled to gain a place at her number one dream school – The Royal Masonic. Although Larissa says she will miss Maltman’s so much, she is really looking forward to starting at RMS in September. In the meantime, her favourite activity at the moment is enjoying the rehearsals for the Year 6 Play, with its special and truly memorable centenary theme.