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The Croft Preparatory School

Dulce et Forte


Due to the current situation we have decided to cancel the Open Mornings on Saturday 21 March and Tuesday 24 March. Please call Admissions to make an appointment to view the school.

Cognition and Learning Needs



My child has difficulty with cognition and learning:  


This can include:



  • Learning new information and concepts.
  • Reading and spelling.
  • Working with numbers.
  • Working memory.
  • Concentration.
  • Children may have conditions such as Specific Learning Difficulties, dyslexia, dyscalculia, general learning difficulties, AD(H)D, Down’s Syndrome.
  • Children may present with difficulties that do not have a specific title.

All children at The Croft can access:


  • Quality First Teaching with appropriate differentiation (including best SEN practice).
  • Visual aids to support key vocabulary, concepts and themes.
  • Access to homework club in the Prep part of the school.
  • Access to assessment for identification of significant needs.
  • Dedicated and caring staff who value all children regardless of ability.
  • Regular, active and creative use of ICT.
  • Differentiated curriculum, delivery and outcome.

Support for targeted groups of children may include:



  • Blocks of 1:1 or small group lessons that focus on a range of needs such as literacy, comprehension and spelling.
  • Where needed, help from an external agency (e.g. Educational Psychologist at a cost).
  • Learning Assistant (LA) support in some lessons.
  • Small Maths and English sets in Years 5 and 6.
  • Short, focused 1:1 interventions with LA such as; Power of 2, Toe by Toe, 5 Minute Box.

Targeted individual support many include:


  • Ongoing tailor-made 1:1 tuition led by a specialist SEN teacher.
  • Individual Education Plans (IEPs)
  • Where needed, help from an external agency (e.g. Educational Psychologist).
  • Twice-yearly IEP meetings with SEN Specialist Teacher for children with literacy difficulties to review and plan.
  • External agency advice where needed.
  • Exam Access Arrangements.
  • Transition support.

*Please note: These options need to be agreed upon for each pupil in conjunction with parents/carers and then regularly reviewed/modified