Learning Enhancement

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Bede's has a thriving academic enhancement function, staffed by highly qualified specialist teachers, who aim to ensure equality of access for pupils in the school who have additional learning needs.

The Learning Enhancement department at Bede's works towards preparing pupils for an academic based educational experience to the age of 18, built around delivering content in the GCSE and GCE context. 

The predominate area of need for our pupils, relates to support for core literacy and numeracy most commonly associated with able dyslexia and dyspraxic students.

Learning Enhancement is available in all year groups and operates as discrete timetabled lessons.  In the First Year and during the Fifth Form pupils opt for one less subject and replace this with support sessions normally running as a small group led by a specialist SpLD teacher.

In our Sixth Form, support can continue, taking the form of small group or one to one lessons in place of routine Sixth Form private study sessions.

Typically pupils receive enhancement for:

  • Reading speed and comprehension
  • Proof reading
  • Spelling development
  • Organisational skills development
  • Writing structure and form
  • Study skills
  • Revision planning, structure and exam technique
  • Numeracy support

Our Learning Enhancement specialists are qualified to assess pupils for examination concessions and ensure the most appropriate access arrangements (for example, extra time or the use of a computer) in public examinations. These vary by subject as well as by pupil.

Parents of prospective pupils who may benefit from support are encouraged to make contact with the Admissions department to discuss whether the school is a good match for their son or daughter.

Paperwork, such as previous educational psychology reports and individual education plans, can be reviewed and an initial meeting set up to explore an individual's needs further. 

It is always important to make an early appointment since Learning Enhancement places are always in demand.

Additional charges apply for our professional support to pupils in all year groups.

Catherine MacGregor
Once pupils believe in themselves, they have taken the first steps towards success. Learning is a lifelong journey. The Learning Enhancement Department at Bede’s takes great pride in accompanying our pupils on part of their way.

Catherine MacGregor, Director of Learning Enhancement and Dicker House Tutor

Learning Enhancement staff

Once students believe in themselves, they have taken the first steps towards success. Learning is a lifelong journey. The Learning Enhancement Department at Bede’s takes great pride in accompanying our students on part of their way.

Catherine MacGregor, Director of Learning Enhancement and Dicker House Tutor

My role involves identifying an individual's strengths and weakness and providing them with the guidance and support they need to flourish.

Liam Backler, Head of First Year, Teacher of Learning Enhancement and Knights House Tutor

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Working with students, and seeing them develop in confidence and self belief to achieve great things, is always impressive and immensely rewarding.

Clare Mander, Teacher of Learning Enhancement and English and Dorms House Tutor

I work to try and help young people to develop a passion for learning because if they do then they will never cease to grow.

Lynda Sparkes, Teacher of Learning Enhancement and Crossways House Tutor