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Saint John Houghton Catholic Voluntary Academy

Learning without limits

Learning Support

The Learning Support department values each person as an individual, working to their strengths and treating them with respect and dignity.  The students with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) are included in all aspects of school life, spiritually, socially and in the curriculum.


The pupils who are Statemented or on the register at School Action Plus have an individual education plan (IEP).  This allows the Head of Learning Support (HLS) and learning support assistants (LSAs) to set each pupil targets, which teachers and pupils work towards.  These are monitored by the (HLS) who evaluates the progress that has been made each term.  The progress of pupils is also discussed at curriculum support liaison meetings (CSLM ) and at Annual Reviews.  These meetings are attended by the head of learning support, learning support assistants and teachers.


The school works closely with the local education authority (LEA) and external agencies.  Support is available in all areas of the curriculum and is commensurate with the needs of the pupils.  This however can be dependent on the hours of support allocated by the LEA.


Our aim for every pupil is to achieve their potential, regardless of their level of ability.  As an alternative to the GCSE qualifications, the school also offers Certificates and Diplomas, which are an option choice at KS4.


The transition from year 6 to year 7 and year 11 to Further Education and work placement is sensitively coordinated.  For those pupils with a Statement the (HLS) visits the Primary schools and also attends the Annual Reviews in years 5 and 6.  All the pupils are supported discreetly.


At Saint John Houghton Catholic Voluntary Academy, pupils are supported by their peers in morning literacy and numeracy programmes.  This is to help pupils gain in confidence and become more independent learners.  As a school we believe in full inclusion.