Learning Support


Our team of specialist learning support staff provide teachers and students with advice, help and support to enable all students to learn effectively. They are regularly trained in the needs and support strategies for autism (ASC) – Caroline Farrell and Karen Howard are both level 2 AET-accredited - specific learning difficulties (spld), dyspraxia/DCD, ADHD, speech, language and communication (SLCN), physical disabilities (PD), hearing and visual impairment (HI, VI), complex including medical, social, emotional and mental health (SEMH). They work closely with specialist SEND teachers, a speech and language therapist, a creative therapist, occupational therapists and physios. 

NLS provides a number of home-learning support groups. Learning Support have their own, by invite, “club” on a Tuesday and Thursday after school, and also support the open library sessions Monday-Thursday.

Other interventions run by the department include:

Lego Therapy

Daily literacy programmes

Paired/group reading 

Speech and language

Art/Drawing and Talking

Craft Club

MOVES physical therapy

1:1 mentoring

All interventions are tailored to individual need.

Occasionally students may be withdrawn from subjects to enable longer-term learning support work. Parents/carers are always consulted before this happens.


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Mrs C Farrell

Learning Support




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Mrs J Yeardley

Learning Support

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Learning Support 

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