Pupils with Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLDs), or for whom English is an Additional Language (EAL), are well-provided for at Oundle. The Educational Support Department offers support to pupils throughout the School, from the First to the Sixth Form.
The department has six specialist members of staff with expertise in working with pupils with SEND, including Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Dysgraphia and organisational problems, or for whom English is not their first language. Appropriate Access Arrangements are made for those with SEND, both for internal and external examinations and we routinely liaise closely with mainstream colleagues about reasonable adjustments for those with learning difficulties. All pupils with SEND have a Personal Learning Plan, which is accessible to all teaching staff, that summarises relevant information from educational assessments from outside professionals.
Pupils who are ready to work independently are monitored by the department and given occasional help when required. Some pupils however will need more intensive help. For these pupils, lessons are arranged either on an extra-curricular basis, or, according to availability, on a rota basis. We also offer in-class support, as appropriate. Pupils of EAL may be advised to take additional English lessons instead of another modern foreign language. Some Sixth Form pupils are given advice and support on preparing for IELTs to satisfy university entry requirements.
The department offers help, through the School’s programme of Voluntaries, either on a one-to-one basis or in small groups, to develop skills such as essay planning, revision skills, exam technique, mind-mapping and spelling. This help is available to all pupils at the School and can also serve as a stepping stone from lessons to independence.
A screening programme for pupils new to the School helps to identify those who may need some additional support and ensures that we are aware early on of any possible underlying difficulties. Pupils who need Examination Access Arrangements may be assessed either within the department by a specialist teacher, or by one of our visiting outside professionals.
Parents are very welcome to contact the Head of Department directly if they would like further information about the ways in which support is arranged at Oundle.
Mrs A Taylor
Head of Department