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The Learning Support Department has two key roles. The first is to enable students identified with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities (SEND) or recently arrived students with English as an Additional Language (EAL) to develop their basic skills in English and Mathematics. This is achieved by means of a range of small group interventions, including both direct teaching and the use of computer software.


The second role is to provide in-class support, working with teachers across a number of subjects so that SEND and EAL students can, with additional help, develop subject based skills and understanding and make as many levels of progress as their peers.


Staff within the department also assess, monitor and review students’ skills, offer advice on students with particular SEND or EAL needs and liaise with outside agencies who provide specialist assessment and support. Recent developments include increased engagement of families through the Family Learning Project and a number of Study Support and reading projects targeting SEND and EAL students.


Our SEN co-ordinator is Mrs G Situnayake. email: Gill.Situnayake@collegiateacademy.org.uk