The Academic Support Department aims to ensure that every Dunhurst pupil will achieve well in their early years at school and lead happy and fulfilled lives with greater independence. We pledge to pick up individual needs at the earliest point possible and to put support in place quickly to remove barriers to learning, all with pupils, teachers and parents fully involved.

Children with SEN flourish in smaller class sizes and with 1:1 attention – both of which we are able to offer at Dunhurst.  Every AS pupil achieves the highest standards possible through tailoring learning to individual need, interest and aptitude. Teaching and learning strategies are matched closely to the individual’s needs and are designed to build confidence and self-esteem.  

We provide support for pupils who, whilst able to access the school curriculum, may need extra help due to a specific learning difficulty, such as dyslexia, or a lack of confidence in a particular aspect of their work.

Support can be given in a variety of ways including, on a one to one basis timetabled in a Green, in a small group and within the classroom. The Department is staffed by experienced, specialist teachers who all hold additional qualifications to cater for pupils with a range of needs. We work closely with class teachers to ensure skills practised in AS are transferred to class.  Progress is monitored using ILPs (Individual Learning Plans). Targets are set and reviewed with the subject teachers and AS teachers three times a year, then shared with pupils, teachers, tutors and parents.

Find out more about specialist software, EAL equipment, specialist resources and Track-a-Ball.

Meet the team at Dunhurst