There may come a point in any boy’s school career where he needs a bit of extra care and help. While this can often be addressed through a differentiated curriculum in the classroom, some do need more focussed attention in a one to one or small group environment, whether physically, emotionally, socially, or for a specific learning difficulty.
Academic and pastoral staff work closely with parents if it is thought that a pupil might need additional help. Steps are taken to assess, plan and review, so that appropriate action can be taken to support each individual - for example in literacy, numeracy, gross and fine motor skills and other aspects such as study skills - all within a friendly and caring department that is integrated throughout life at Moulsford. Boys are always rewarded for their extra endeavours which subsequently raises self-esteem.
A small team of well-qualified and experienced Learning Support teachers are committed to building self-confidence in their pupils, communicating with their parents, co-ordinating with teaching staff and outside professional agencies as necessary (eg Educational Psychologists, Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists).
Raising an awareness and understanding is also regarded as important. Guest speakers are invited to speak to the boys in assemblies, as well as there being regular training for staff, and coffee mornings for parents.
Head of Learning Support
I was at Rugby school for my A levels which is when my decision to become a teacher was confirmed. I went on to Durham University to study Education. It was at Durham that I met my husband, as well as qualifying as a teacher. I briefly taught in Zimbabwe before getting my first job at a school called Hornsby House, which was founded by Beve Hornsby the dyslexia guru.
I became very interested in dyslexia and studied to become a specialist. I moved onto Finton House School after teaching for a while in New Mexico. It was at Finton House that I learnt a huge amount about special needs, which set me up to become SENCo at Rupert House in Henley. I paused teaching whilst I stayed at home with our three boys, who are all at Moulsford - so we all now go to school together!