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The Croft Preparatory School

Dulce et Forte


Thornton Scholarship Examination - Monday 3 February 2020. Registration now open for current Year 2 pupils

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