Learning Support Newsletter

Tenth Edition September 2016

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1. THE ROLE OF THE LEARNING SUPPORT (LS)

Learning Support is a team of enthusiastic, well-qualified and hardworking staff who have a passion to provide positive solutions to all those learners who have a range of additional learning needs.

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What does the Learning Support Team do?

The Learning Support team:


  • Provide 1:1 support for learners with learning needs and/or disability on mainstream courses across the College
  • Provide in-class support and small group support to help develop students' study skills
  • It is subject to appropriate documentation for High Needs Support i.e. an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) and funding agreed with appropriate provider.
  • Works closely with curriculum areas to put in place reasonable adjustments for individual learners
  • Assess learners for Exam Access Arrangements (EAAs)
  • Provide Assistive Technology support to support students' independent learning

Main Contacts:

Please send Referral Forms to als@barnetsouthgate.ac.uk specifying the campus. Electronic Friendly 2016 - 17 Referral Forms can be accessed via this link.

Learning Support Tutors (LSTs)

We have a team of specialist tutors across the College campuses who provide out-of-class support to learners on a regular basis.

Learning Support Practitioners (LSPs)

We have a team of Learning Support Practitioners (LSPs) across the College campuses, who provide in-class support to those learners who have previously been identified as needing high levels of support.

Exam Access Arrangements (EAAs) and Assistive Technology (AT)

2. LET'S LEARN ABOUT LEARNING DIFFICULTIES

In this monthly newsletter we will be focusing on Dyscalculia. (Main contributors to this section, Rima Kubiliene, Nosheen Ashraf)

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Dyscalculia is a group of learning difficulties related to mathematics. People with dyscalculia have trouble understanding mathematical concepts and performing mathematical calculations. For example, trouble learning to count, struggle to recognise printed numbers, poor number memory etc.

Symptoms of Dyscalculia and how to help learners

  • Difficulty counting objects: The learner needs clear instruction on how to count in an organised, meaningful way.

  • Difficulty understanding place value: The place value chart might be useful or place value cards can also demonstrate the structure of numbers at a more symbolic/abstract level.
  • Mental arithmetic may overstretch the working memory: Encourage learners to use jottings to support mental calculations.

To find out more please read this article.

My world without numbers

In this short video the person is describing her difficulties with numbers and living her life as dyscalculia.
My world without numbers | Line Rothmann | TEDxVennelystBlvd

Further websites and article links you maybe interested in:

Dyscalculia Word Search

Try this Word search game and get familiarised with words related to Dyscalculia. To print this word search please click here.
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3. DID YOU KNOW THE APPS THAT SUPPORT STUDENTS WITH MATHS LEARNING DIFFICULTIES AND DYSCALCULIA?

Numeracy Wheel

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4. ASSISTIVE LEARNING TECHNOLOGIES (AT)

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Assistive Technology Equipment

We provide specialist equipment on loan to learners who have physical disabilities or additional learning needs when the need is identified in their learning support assessment. Please contact Nosheen Ashraf for further information.

5. UPCOMING EVENTS/FESTIVALS & TRAINING

The next month Newsletter will cover what is SpLDs.

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Responsible For Layout & Coordination

Nosheen Ashraf

Assistive Technology Coordinator - Learning Support