Learning Support

The Learning Support Department at Hunter Hall School, Penrith gives extra help to those children who find difficulty with learning in any respect. This can range from children who have dyslexia/dyscalculia or other recognised learning difficulty, to those who simply lack confidence or have gaps in some area of their learning.

Our trained and specialist staff provide this support either with extra help in the classroom, by small group withdrawal or on an individual basis. This support is seen in a very positive manner by both staff and children and enables children to succeed and build their confidence at their own level. Learning support staff work closely with class teachers to ensure that teachers are aware of the specific needs of every individual and make provision for them within lessons. Where necessary the Learning Support Department will liaise with external agencies, such as educational psychologists or speech therapists to access further expertise and ensure that support is appropriate for the child’s needs.

The school works within the framework of the Code of Practice for SEN and as such we take into account the views of the child and fully acknowledge the invaluable role that parents have to play in supporting their child’s education. We were delighted to receive accreditation from CReSTeD (Council for Registration of Schools Teaching Dyslexic Pupils) in May, 2013 as a Dyslexia Friendly School. This confirms that the systems that are in place at Hunter Hall fully meet the specified criteria for schools to be accredited under the CReSTeD Withdrawal System. A link to their website can be found here. We also recognise, of course, that this is not an end to the development of the school in this area: whilst we do not seek to become a specialist school, we are aware that dyslexia-friendly teaching is of benefit to all the pupils in the school. The accreditation is gratifying in recognising the efforts that staff have made so far, but all at Hunter Hall are utterly committed to continuing to develop the education that we offer to the children here.

If you are interested in learning more about dyslexia and other learning difficulties, the following links may be useful:

British Dyslexia Association

Dyslexia SpLD Trust

Dyspraxia Foundation

National Autistic Society