All children at King Edward’s have, as a matter of principle, equal access to the school’s curriculum, notwithstanding any disability or identified learning difficulties. For details of our policy, and how it relates to special arrangements in examinations, please see the School’s Curriculum Support policy. A summary is provided below.
We take into account formally recognised learning difficulties in how we teach and assess. We aim to recognise pupils who need support so that they can derive maximum benefit from the curriculum.
One way of doing this is through literacy tests carried out in the First to Third Years, or by referral by subject teachers of individual pupils to the Co-ordinator of Literacy Support.
All members of the teaching staff receive regular updates on those pupils who require support and ways to help them in the classroom.
Some extra literacy lessons are provided for those pupils in the Lower School whose performance in diagnostic testing suggests that they would benefit from them. The lessons are usually on a one-to- one basis and by extract from other subject periods on a rota system.
A Study Skills Club exists for pupils in the 4th Year. A select group of students in the 5th and 6th forms receive one to one attention in their private study lessons. Extra mathematics support on a short-term basis is provided for pupils in the Lower School whose difficulties are with numeracy skills. These lessons take place at lunchtimes or after school; pupils are referred for support by their mathematics teacher.
The school recognises its duties under the Special Education Needs and Disability Act 2001 towards pupils who have a disability.