"In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity."
Personalised Learning at Mount Kelly encompasses Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (including Potential High Achievers), Medical and Mental Health, English as an Additional Language and the demands on our performance swimmers and athletes.
Our aim is to ensure that the learning styles and requirements of all our pupils are met through the benchmark of Quality First Teaching and a graduated response of Wave 1, 2 and 3 interventions.
At the Prep, we operate a 'whole pupil, whole school' approach to the management and provision of support for special educational needs. Support and advice is offered to all staff working with special educational needs pupils. All children with an additional need are identified on the Prep Provision Map which is regularly reviewed.
We actively encourage all children to develop independence within the classroom and as far as possible this is promoted via Wave 1 level support and Quality First Teaching. Some children will require a more bespoke package of support and will attend booster sessions in small groups through non-academic time.
Children who have specific needs will receive an individual Pupil Passport, put together by staff in close collaboration with the child and parents. In rare cases some children may require some 1:1 support. This is agreed in conjunction with the Assistant Head of Personalised Learning, relevant Heads of Faculty and the Deputy Head Academic.
At the College, we make reasonable adjustments for pupils who require additional support and offer small group interventions or additional study skills. One-to-one sessions are provided on an ad-hoc basis but are not a timetabled option. From 2019, all pupils in Year 9 will be screened using Lucid Exact to take a snapshot of reading comprehension and speed, writing speed, spelling and typing speed.
Pupils have access to an academic mentor to help extend their study and research skills. In some lessons, there is the input of a Teaching Assistant. Our SENCo holds approved teacher status from the British Dyslexia Association.
Personalised Learning Profiles assist teachers in understanding the classroom strategies that help individual pupils. Support is reviewed regularly with pupils, parents and teachers involved in the process.