Academic life

Department of Learning Enhancement

At St Edmund’s we work together to make sure everyone feels happy, supported, understood and confident. We get to know our pupils as individuals, and are committed to getting the best from every pupil. 

An enhanced learning profile is created for every pupil that joins us. When necessary, pupils are assessed to identify additional learning needs and our specialist team puts support in place. With the right intervention at the right time, we know that all children can genuinely enjoy the rigours of academic life.

Pupils develop at different rates, so the curriculum is flexible and varied to ensure that they can all enjoy learning and are able to reach their full potential. The Department of Learning Enhancement works closely with subject teachers to differentiate for individual learning needs and preferences. . 

All teachers work with children with additional educational needs (AEN). Consequently, they strive to remove barriers and make the curriculum accessible for everyone. This ‘whole school’ approach is adopted with mainstream and specialist teachers working together for the benefit and enhancement of all pupils.

Additional Educational Needs

The Learning Enhancement Department is a safe and encouraging space staffed by a highly-trained, dedicated, friendly and caring team. We provide support to pupils over and above that which is provided on a day-to-day basis in the classroom. Pupils receiving support may have assessed and diagnosed AEN or be academic under-achievers. The need for support may arise from a learning difficulty and/or disability, from academic underachievement, or from literacy, numeracy, attentional, language or emotional support requirements. 

We use a graduated approach to enhance learning using the four-part cycle: assess, plan, do and review. This approach involves carefully identifying a pupil’s needs and working with pupils, parents and staff to put in place adjustments. We then monitor the effectiveness and impact of support. 

The Department assists those pupils whose work is made more challenging by needs in the following four broad areas: 

 Communication and interaction. Cognition and learning. Social, emotional and mental health difficulties. Sensory and/or physical needs

We work to boost each pupil’s self-esteem, igniting their love of learning by capitalising on  strengths as well as working on areas for development. As well as in-class support, we offer:

  • Small group or 1:1 English skills
  • Small group or 1:1 Maths skills
  • Small group or 1:1 study skills
  • Organisation Club
  • Social skills
  • Mentoring
  • Revision skills workshops
  • Exam techniques workshops
  • Screening tests and Access Arrangements (AA) assessments
  • Access to specific adapted materials and equipment

Able, Gifted and Talented

St Edmund’s School has extensive provision for Able, Gifted and Talented (AGT). This begins with getting to know the pupil as an individual. The status and profile of all AGT pupils is shared with staff, pupils and their parents. This forms the beginning of an ongoing, supportive dialogue between parents, pupil and school. 

There is a vast array of enrichment on offer at St Edmund’s. We ensure that all pupils are inspired, stretched, refreshed and supported. All AGT pupils are provided with a summary list of enrichment activities, and helped to design their own enrichment timetable incorporating academics, the arts and sport 

The progress of all pupils, including AGT, is monitored closely by termly reviews involving subject and pastoral staff.  We firmly believe that challenge is the driving force of teaching. Only by giving pupils plenty of opportunities to stretch, challenge and express themselves will we be able to fuel an appetite for knowledge or inspire deeper study.

Pupil Voice

I just wanted to say a huge thank you for making my A-level experience and exams enjoyable and something to look forward to (which I never thought I’d say!) I definitely do not think I would have done so well or been so happy to show up if it wasn’t for your relaxed and calm nature about my exams. You really helped me and supported me with your help, advice and confidence in me. You are leagues beyond any other special needs help department I’ve been involved with! I will definitely miss all the encouragement at university. Upper 6th pupil

Teacher Profiles

Miss K. Howard

Mrs L. K. Blench

Mrs S. Hampson

Ms A. E. Bensberg