At Dunannie we value the individual and aim to unlock and develop each child's potential.
Most children have their needs met through our curriculum. However, there are some children who may find some difficulty in specific areas of learning, such as reading and spelling. All children are carefully monitored by their class teacher who will identify a child having difficulties. Parents may also have some anxieties. Parents' views are always welcome as this helps us form a complete picture of a child. We like to help children as quickly as possible so that they do not lose their confidence or become demotivated.
The Learning Support Co-ordinator, after discussion with staff, parents and Head, will carry out an informal assessment to identify the child‟s strengths and weaknesses. Children may then be taught in groups or in individual lessons, depending on the need. In some instances an outside expert such as an Educational Psychologist or Speech and Language Therapist, may be brought in to further assess some children. We are very fortunate at Dunannie to have access to some extremely experienced and caring specialists. There is an additional charge for individual learning support lessons and the external advisors.
The Learning Support Room is close to all the classrooms so children and teachers can access easily, the expertise of the Learning Support Co-ordinator and the extensive resources that have been built up and which are constantly being updated. The room is child-friendly with a comfortable and cheerful atmosphere as it is so important that children are in a relaxed and happy state for learning.
Children are encouraged to make decisions about their learning and to understand themselves as learners. They will be able to use their strengths to support areas that need repetition and revision. Teaching matches children’s specific learning styles in a multisensory way, which is often kinaesthetic, but also visual and audial in approach.
Above all we aim to build confidence in every child who is experiencing any difficulty and to help them recognise they are an equal and valued member of our community.