Cognition and learning

Students who are categorised as having a special education need category of ‘cognition and learning’ may:

  • have difficulty reading, writing and spelling
  • struggle to retain new information or learn new concepts
  • have poor concentration
  • display poor ‘working memory’
  • find working with numbers challenging

Students may also have previously been identified as having moderate learning difficulties (MLD), sever learning difficulties (SLD), profound and multiple learning difficultie (PMLD) or specific learning difficulties (SpLD).

These may be as a result of conditions such as dyslexia, dyscalculia, fragile x, down syndrome or a number of other conditions which affect cognition or learning.  Students may also present with difficulties that do not have a specific title.

 What does High Tunstall Offer?

 All students can access:

  • High quality first teaching with appropriate differentiation.
  • Visual aids to support key vocabulary, concepts and themes.
  • A whole school focus on supporting meta-cognitive learning and growth mindset.
  • Access to homework support clubs.
  • Tutor time reading programmes.
  • Learning coach meetings
  • HUB intervention through literacy and numeracy programmes including toe by toe and Lexia.
  • Access to assessment for identification of significant needs.
  • Dedicated and caring staff who value all students regardless of ability.
  • Tailored transition packages in Y6 and Y11
Support for targeted groups of students may involve:

  • Small group focused learning.
  • Teaching assistant support
  • Targeted lunch time and after school activity programmes
  • Access to external agency support and review (e.g. Educational Psychologist)
  • Access arrangements for examinations
 Targeted individual support may involve:

  • One to one support
  • Termly review of our graduated response
  • Specialist teaching assistants in faculties support
  • External agency advice
  • Access arrangements for examinations
  • Additional transition strategies from KS2 to KS3 including
  • Post 16 transition support