Our children’s academic progress is carefully monitored throughout their time at Blackheath Prep using both formal and informal assessments which enable us to identify strengths and weaknesses at an early stage. Our Head of Learning Support works with the Early Years Learning Support Co-ordinator to identify those of our youngest pupils who may need support.
The Assistant Head (Academic) monitors the progress of pupils as they move through the school and works closely with teachers and the Head of Learning Support to identify individuals or groups of children who may need intervention to enable them to make further progress. General learning support is offered through differentiated activities and tasks delivered by teachers and teaching assistants throughout the school.
Able, intelligent children may experience learning difficulties for a range of reasons including speech and communication difficulties or conditions such as dyslexia, dyspraxia or dyscalculia. Some of these difficulties may not become apparent until the age of 6 or 7. If we suspect a issue, parents will be invited to school to discuss possible strategies to address it. Following consultation with the Head of Learning Support and the Headmistress, additional and appropriate support will be put in place.
Occasionally, we may advise a more formal assessment from an Educational Psychologist who would identify the cause of the difficulty and give detailed guidance as to the best way to provide appropriate support.
The school has a Learning Support Policy which is available on request.