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Learning difficulties can provide challenges for even the brightest of children and Learning Support plays an important role in school life at Port Regis. We have a well-resourced, specialist department of experienced and highly qualified specialist teachers as well as a Speech and Language Therapist. We support children with speech and language difficulties and with dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADD, memory difficulties and auditory and visual processing difficulties.
Our team of specialists offer personalised, differentiated support programmes to ensure that every child develops the strategies needed to overcome any weaknesses and attain the skill sets needed to do well at Prep school level and beyond. The School adopts a holistic approach and our Learning Support staff work closely with subject and form teachers and pastoral staff. As well as working on any specific needs that have been highlighted, we also strive to build a child’s self esteem and confidence and to capitalise on their strengths.
At Port Regis, pupils are identified and provided with the appropriate support as early as possible in order to avoid any loss of self-confidence and to ensure that every child reaches their full potential. All new pupils receive a baseline test free of charge which provides useful diagnostic information and can highlight a specific learning difficulty. In addition, we carry out ongoing assessments and tests to ensure each pupil continues to receive the appropriate support, as well as maintaining close contact with other education and health professionals as and when is necessary. Speech, language and social communication support are also available if required.
There is regular and frequent communication with parents. The department has an open door policy and parents are encouraged to discuss any concerns via email or telephone or to make an appointment to come in and meet their child's Learning Support teacher at any time.
Here at Port Regis we want all children in our care to flourish, so we have introduced The Thrive Approach in order to support their emotional and social development. Our aim is to help your child feel happy and secure, able to enjoy friendships and relate well to others and be ready and able to learn. Thrive is a specific way of working with all children that helps to develop their social and emotional well-being, thus providing a firm foundation for academic attainment.
Further information on Thrive can be found here.
Mindfulness involves training our attention to experience the present moment with greater curiosity and kindness. This helps us to not only appreciate what is going well but to respond more skillfully to life's inevitable challenges.
In the B Form (Year 7) the children are introduced to Mindfulness as part of a 10 week classroom-based curriculum called .b. This is taught by Jane Seymour who is the Port Regis Learning Support Co-ordinator and who is trained to teach the .b Mindfulness Curriculum.
Learning Support Co-Ordinator: Jane Seymour. Jane has a Bachelor’s degree in Primary Education from Witwatersrand University (SA) and is also an Advisory Teacher for Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH). She has been at Port Regis for over 20 years.