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Special Education Needs

The Specialist Learning Centre at Riddlesworth was created in 2004 to enable children with Specific Learning Difficulties to receive the help they need within a Preparatory School environment. It is recognised and registered by ‘CReSTeD’ the Council for the Registration of Schools Teaching Dyslexic Pupils. The Centre operates within the heart of the school so that children can come to one-to-one or small group lessons during the day. The Centre uses a variety of approaches to tailor individual programmes to meet the needs of every child. We work very closely with parents so that very specific needs are met together as a partnership. Consultations with parents are held on a regular basis and parents are updated as to the progress of the children. We are successful because we nurture each child. Ensuring that children are emotionally happy and ready to learn is paramount at Riddlesworth. All outside agencies such as speech therapists, language therapists, educational psychologist etc. are available and visit the Centre on a regular basis. The curriculum is based on the National Curriculum and Common Entrance Curriculum. Extra subjects such as study skills, organisational skills, memory strategies, form an important part of the Specialist Learning Centre curriculum. At Riddlesworth Specialist Learning Centre we use Phono-Graphix to promote reading and spelling. Research has shown that Phono-Graphix is a powerful and effective tool for dyslexic children. The programme can be delivered much more quickly than traditional methods and removes the worry that spelling patterns are never-ending. Our aim is to have children reading in the shortest possible time. Without doubt the use of Phono-Graphix has achieved accelerated reading improvement with all our pupils across the age range. Maths teaching is done through various methods including the ‘On Cloud Nine’ maths programme devised by Linda-mood Bell. Children can be given support in one-to-one lessons, small groups or within larger classes with targeted help. The aim of the Specialist Learning Centre is to provide an excellent education, enabling children to master basic language and mathematical skills so that they can achieve their potential in mainstream classes. We strive to nurture each child, restoring confidence and developing positive attitudes to learning. This is done in a caring and warm family atmosphere. The children are given the skills and tools to overcome their difficulties and build self-esteem. The school is ‘dyslexia friendly’ where every teacher in the Specialist Learning Centre and main school understand and are sympathetic to, the challenges faced by children with Specific Learning Difficulties. The ratio of staff to pupils in the Specialist Learning Centre is no more than 1:6. All staff are qualified and experienced teachers holding Phono-Graphix and Lindamood Bell diplomas and diplomas in the assessment and teaching of children with Specific Learning Difficulties and in the Education of children with Special Needs. There are excellent links with the Prep School and there are regular meetings with all school teaching staff, ensuring that everyone is kept fully informed of progress.

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