Learning Support at Lincoln Minster School

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High quality and highly individualised teaching for pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

Our SEND department has long welcomed individuals with different needs and we have supported pupils with profiles including dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADD, and Autistic Spectrum disorders, both in the classroom and with specialist intervention programmes.

In recent years we have also welcomed visual and hearing impaired pupils. In the senior school we currently have two hearing impaired pupils  and welcome a third in September.

Our philosophy at Lincoln Minster School is to develop the individual as a whole and enable each pupil to reach his or her full potential.

Detailed planning, the involvement of  Sensory Services in transition and termly review, and ensuring that all staff have the information they need including strategies to ensure full inclusion, guarantees successful transition to LMS, full access to the curriculum and impressive progress for our pupils with hearing and visual impairment.

Our pupils feel looked after, happy and achieving.

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Supporting pupils to reach their potential.

We deliver Quality First Teaching meaning:

  • High quality, highly inclusive teaching
  • Meeting the needs of all pupils through informed planning and implementation
  • Having high expectations of all pupils.

Support is given in class with a member of the support team or in a timetabled lesson with a specialist teacher as part of a small group or one-to-one.

Teaching programmes are tailored to individuals and small groups.

We monitor progress regularly both informally and with more formal methods of testing and reporting.

Skills development may include:

  • Word attach skills for reading and spelling
  • Speed of information processing
  • Handwriting practice and touch typing
  • Study skills and exam preparation

Staff and parents are kept fully informed about pupil strengths, weaknesses and interventions.

We are proud of our Learning Support Department who, in short:

  • Identify underlying cognitive strengths and weaknesses
  • Support the weaker skills by encouraging reliance on stronger channels of learning
  • Enable each pupil to learn how to learn in a way that suits their unique profile
  • Develop the skills and habits for learning which will support their studies throughout the school
  • Review progress and adapt accordingly

Lincoln Minster School ensures that all pupils, including SEND pupils, are challenged, engaged, and motivated to succeed.

“We visited a number of schools before making the difficult decision to place our daughter at Lincoln Minster School. The difference to be honest was stark; LMS have the resources and experience to manage SEN children properly.The transition was very smooth, which is what you need during a time which is really quite stressful. LMS staff dealt with Scarlet’s statement transfer and the link to the sensory services which made life really easy for us.

We are coming to the end of Scarlet’s second year now and I can honestly say this has been the best decision we could have made both for us as parents and scarlet in terms of her wellbeing and growth.

Scarlet has thrived in the environment at LMS and has progressed massively both academically and as an individual. The school keep in regular contact with us and have been quick to intervene if there have been any issues, which to be honest has been hardly ever. Scarlets Learning Support Assistants are superb and the support and extra input she gets from the SENCO has been exceptional.

The decision we made meant we had to make some difficult financial choices, we do not regret this for one minute.”