Our Learning Centre Offer
Our aim is to provide pupils with a range of opportunities so that they can reach their full potential.
Pupils in Key Stages 2, 3, 4 and 5 attend Elmbank Learning Centre.
The curriculum at the Learning Centre embraces all that is learned through school, whether in lessons or as part of informal learning within and beyond the school day. It includes not only the requirements of the National Curriculum but also the wide range of individualised activities that the Learning Centre provides in order to enrich the experience and learning of the young people. All students have access to a bespoke teaching and learning programme with access to nationally accredited courses, including GCSEs and vocational qualifications throughout their studies.
The Learning Centre has a clear focus on the personal development and wellbeing of each young person, as well as on their academic progress. Each student has access to a bespoke curriculum tailored to their developing needs as well as their aspirational goals. We utilise a wide range of teaching strategies and technology, including LEGO education, throughout the curriculum to engage students in creative thinking and bring to the fore transferable skills in education.
We support our pupils to grow into positive, responsible individuals who can work and co-operate with others whilst developing their knowledge and skills, so that they achieve their full potential. We encourage students’ enthusiasm for learning through high quality teaching in an environment where their achievements and excellence are valued and celebrated.
Pupils are encouraged to pursue new interests. For example, scuba diving through an accredited qualification is sourced so that the culture of achievement is honoured and rich experiences offered.
Staffing and pastoral care
Our staff have a wealth of experience and qualifications in teaching and caring for pupils with special educational needs. They have also received training from Witherslack Group’s Clinical Services Team, which includes clinical psychologists, speech and language therapists, occupational therapists and therapists.
Our staff have a wealth of experience and qualifications in teaching and caring for pupils with special educational needs. They have also received training from Witherslack Group’s Clinical Team, which includes clinical psychologists, speech and language therapists, occupational therapists and therapists.
Teachers and teaching assistants are extremely well equipped in providing appropriate support to meet the needs of our pupils and establish a positive and engaging learning environment. The education staff consists of a stable and experienced team and the professional development of teachers and teaching assistants is supported through regular internal and external training. This ensures extremely effective teaching practices are in place and lesson activities are well-planned to support learning.
The Pastoral Care Team develop excellent links with parents, carers and families, as well as professionals involved with a pupil. They also provide additional support, when required, to help pupils engage in classes.
We are dedicated to the development of the ‘whole child’, focusing on areas such as independence, self-esteem, resilience, making safe choices and communication. All this support allows each child, whatever their needs, the opportunity to engage and enjoy their education.
The Pastoral Care Team ensure that all pupils’ well-being is constantly reviewed and developed, and that strong links are made between school and home.