The Learning Support Department provides enhanced learning opportunities for boys who have additional educational needs such as SEND (special educational needs or disabilities), EAL (English as an additional language) and those who are more able, gifted or talented (AGT).

All teachers at St Martin’s teach all pupils, including those for whom English is an additional language (EAL), those who are considered more able, gifted or talented and those with a special educational need or disability (SEND). Class and subject teachers ensure their teaching addresses all pupils’ learning needs by utilising a variety of strategies such as differentiation and extension where appropriate. Boys’ may be offered a Learning Support intervention if their needs cannot be met within the classroom. Further details of the procedures involved can be found in the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Policy and the Able, Gifted and Talented Policy.

The Learning Support Department liaises closely with teaching staff, parents and boys themselves in designing, delivering and evaluating interventions. Support often takes the form of individual or small group lessons, which can occur during lessons or break times. Some provision is made within the class setting and some by withdrawal. Targeted clubs and activities with a focus on specific skills are also offered.

The Learning Support team employs multisensory techniques via a wide range of traditional, computer-based and hands-on resources in boys’ lessons. The majority of learning support focuses on helping boys to build their literacy and numeracy skills. In the later years, as they prepare for external exams, pupils may also be guided to develop their understanding of how they learn and how they can make the most of any exam access arrangements they have been granted. The overarching aim of the Learning Support Department is to assist boys in their journey towards becoming independent learners.