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Support for Learning

The Support for Learning Service provides a team of specialist teachers who are available to assess and directly teach children with Special Educational Needs. A request may be made to the service, by purchasing blocks of individual teaching or small group teaching for those pupils who would benefit from a specific, individualised intervention programme

Schools may make a referral for a diagnostic assessment, using in the Central referral Form, of children who are falling behind their peers either in literacy, numeracy or they may have fine or gross motor difficulties. This assessment will investigate their verbal and non-verbal ability, the basic skills required for literacy and in some cases, their basic knowledge of number and specific fine and gross motor skills. Identification of any areas of difficulty can then be used to create individual intervention programmes and appropriate support in the classroom.

For further information follow the link to our page on the Can Do website

or contact SfL directly through the contact details at the bottom of the page. 


Who to contact

Contact Name
Mrs Veronica McDonald
Contact Position
Service Manager
01344 354272

Where to go

Times Square
Market Street
RG12 1JD

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Term Time only
Time of day

Other Details


Please refer to our SLA pricing structure on the Can Do website


Referral required
Referral Details

Referral to the Support for Learning service is made via the child's primary school using the Central Referral Form and returned to the following email address:

Local Offer



Service Description

Support for Learning (SfL) is a well-established team of Specialist Teachers who are available to assess and directly teach children with Special Educational Needs. Advisory support is also provided to school staff; achieving inclusive practice and effective intervention for pupils with Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD).  The specialist provision we provide is a key element of the Assess, Plan, Do and Review process outlined in the 2015 SEN code of Practice.


Ensuring 'Meaningful and Sustained Progress' underpins our work as we seek to promote early identification and the effective implementation of personalised, targeted support. We aim to support schools by enabling and empowering school staff to meet the learning needs of pupils with SpLD.


The package of detailed assessments, consultation, planning and the provision of direct specialist teaching on offer will support schools to provide the most appropriate learning environment and outcomes which aim to facilitate raising the attainment of young people identified as having SpLD.

  • To identify Pupils with SpLD and ensure that they have access to specific interventions that will enable them to access a high-quality curriculum – which is appropriate to meet their needs
  • Access to highly experienced ‘Specialist Teachers’ - who will provide direct teaching as well as advice to school staff in the provision of personalised interventions for SpLD pupils and those with EHC Plans and the monitoring of progress towards clearly identified outcomes.
  • Staff Improvement – empowering school staff through CPD in areas relating to SpLD including advice on "Quality First" teaching relating to pupils on SEN support.
  • ‘Working in Partnership’ - a collaborative approach with other support services to include pupil transition in year 6

Our ‘Key Service Priorities’ –

  • Identifying ‘barriers to learning’ through specialist assessment and the provision of detailed, professionally written reports following a request for a full assessment of cognition and learning in order to understand a pupil’s strengths and weaknesses.
  • Improving outcomes of SpLD pupils through targeted recommendations based on their identified learning needs.
  • Enhanced self-esteem and confidence leading to greater independent learning
  • Ensuring that the outcomes are met for pupils with an EHCP identifying SpLD as a learning need, through direct and personalised teaching
  • Empowering school staff to provide effective inclusion of young people with Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD) through consultation and training
  • Working in partnership with other service professionals to achieve the best outcomes for young people with additional needs.

Training and Traded services

Support for Learning has a package offer to all schools as well as offering bespoke, pay as you go support in addition or instead of this package. This is to provide schools with the right blend of cover and flexibility, all for the best value for money.

  • Maintained schools receive direct support and advice at no cost (details of this can be found by visiting the SfL page on the Can Do website.

In addition, the following bespoke services may be purchased by schools:.

  • A range of packages to carry out formal assessments and provide reports with targeted outcomes.
  • Direct teaching for pupils with an EHCP where SpLD is an identified need.
  • Support to school staff through modelling specific toolkit’s, Wave 1 & 2 interventions, SpLD advice and training programmes relating to areas of SpLD.

Pupils meeting the WAVE 3 criteria in any year group can be referred using the Central Referral Form.


Contact Name
Mrs Veronica McDonald
Contact Telephone
01344 354272
Contact Email
Local Offer Age Bands
Primary (4-10 years)
Secondary (11-16 years)
Junior (7-11 years)
Record last reviewed on 02/09/2022
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