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Support for Learning

At Canford we aim to support all our pupils in their learning, according to their needs.  Many pupils across the spectrum will, at some time in their school career, encounter difficulties of some kind whether it be in essay planning, revision, general organisation or exam technique.  Support for Learning can offer advice and strategies to both pupils and the staff who teach them, to overcome such difficulties which are very often temporary in nature.  More structured support is offered for those with long term needs and identified specific learning difficulties.

Some Frequently Asked Questions
Where is the Support for Learning centre located?

The Support for Learning department is centrally located in The Lovell Building with three adjacent teaching rooms. The rooms are comfortable and well-equipped providing a welcoming and purposeful environment.

What support is offered?

In the Shell Year, a small group of pupils are selected who staff believe would benefit more from extra English for three periods per week than from studying Latin. These are carefully chosen based on their Common Entrance papers.

In the Fourth and Fifth Forms, there is an option of Learning Skills as an alternative to a GCSE subject. This offers four lessons a week in groups of six to ten and comprises a mixture of study skills and the requirements for English GCSE. A number of regular clinics are also available on a drop-in basis, offering general support as well as focused coaching on specific skills such as spelling, organisation and revision. Pupils benefit from the extra input designed to help them achieve the best grades possible in all their other subjects.

In the Sixth Form, support is offered on a less formal basis. Pupils may arrange to see a member of the Department in a study period. Usually only a few lessons are needed to set them on the right path.

One to one tuition

There is no extra charge for the group support described above. All pupils can take advantage of up to three one-to-one consultations with a specialist teacher throughout their time at Canford. Ongoing individual lessons are charged as extra. They are available to pupils in any year group but are mainly taken up by those in the Fourth and Fifth Forms, either in addition to, or instead of, the Learning Skills option. Some pupils who have received support at their previous school find that it is at this stage, when they face the demands of GCSE, that they require a refresher course. Lessons may be delivered as a short course or on a longer term basis.

Are special arrangements offered for Common Entrance?

CE candidates may be awarded extra time on the basis of a recent educational psychologist’s report (preferably done in Year 7 or 8). The application for extra time should be made by the pupil’s school. It is helpful if a copy of the report is also sent to Canford, in the first instance to the Admissions Office, who can then advise on examination arrangements.

In some cases it is thought advisable for prospective pupils to attend the Pre-CE day which is held at Canford at the end of January each year. The day comprises a mixture of academic tests and interviews which are conducted, as far as possible, in a relaxed atmosphere. Its aim is to give parents guidance as to whether their child will reach Canford’s Common Entrance standards and whether the school will be an environment in which they are likely to thrive.