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Learning Support & EAL

Learning Support

Our Learning Support Department supports girls that have additional needs around the curriculum. Once a teacher has identified a learning need, I meet with the student and her parents before an assessment by an Educational Psychologist, Specialist Teacher, Occupational Therapist, Speech and Language Therapist or Vision Therapist.

Following an assessment and once we have a clear diagnosis, the student will receive one-to-one support. If the student needs support but doesn’t have a specific learning need, a member of our support staff will work with them to manage their needs. If they have a specific learning difficulty, one of our Dyslexia trained teachers will teach them during school hours and they will remain part of the core curriculum. When possible, they will be taken out of non-core subjects for additional lessons before school starts, at lunch times or after school. All additional lessons are organised by Claire with agreement from the girls, parents and teachers.

All pupils with learning needs are updated on the schools’ network and teachers are regularly in contact with one another.

EAL (English as an Additional Language)

International students are assessed for their ability in English language when they apply for a place at Godolphin. This test focuses on grammar, writing, speaking and listening. The level of EAL support then varies depending on the student’s individual needs.

Lessons are usually one-on-one, tailored around individual needs and scheduled to fit within a girl’s school timetable. The focus of the lesson ranges from lesson support, where the student receives help with subject specific terminology and/or cultural references, to the general improvement of her English or preparation for university education.

Claire Firth
Head of Learning Support