Specialist Learning Support Tuition

Sussex Senco aims to enable SEND pupils to achieve academic success whilst nurturing their areas of strength. Whether it be one to one or group tuition, we take pride in creating an academic atmosphere that is supportive and friendly, yet which is also intellectually challenging and dynamic.

As well as improving a pupil’s English skills, we foster independent thinking and promote good study skills – that is, help with learning how to learn – and thereby inspire a love of literature and reading along the way.

We are well-versed in designing and implementing individual support programmes for pupils on the basis of assessments and recommendations by external agencies, but also rely on the pupils themselves to reflect on how best they learn and areas where they would like to improve so that they feel a sense of ownership throughout the process.

We are also accustomed to liaising with a pupil’s parents and teachers to discuss appropriate strategies that will enable them to achieve their potential or to advise on adapting resources and revision materials.

Weekly One to One Sessions

Sessions are adapted to the individual, focusing on specific areas where a pupil experiences difficulties and setting meaningful short-term targets for improvement.  Support will primarily consist of developing skills in English. These usually include:

  • improving conversational and presentational skills

  • practice with reading, whether decoding at word level or understanding the layers of meaning conveyed in both fiction and non-fiction texts

  • developing technical accuracy at word and sentence level in spelling, grammar and punctuation

  • advice on the planning, structure and organisation of personal writing

  • refining analytical skills

  • and, ultimately, to write well and with confidence.

  • English Language and Literature GCSE

    One to one support at GCSE level will address the rigours and demands of the new Levels 1-9 English Language and Literature GCSE syllabuses. Tuition will take into account the heavy emphasis on technical accuracy in the Language paper whilst maintaining a sharper focus on detailed close analysis and attention to structure as well as language which also requires a more complex understanding of the subtle nuances of a text. Comparative analysis as well as practice with unseen texts is also crucial in preparing for both exams.

    As these exams are so heavily time-bound, pupils will also undertake exam practice, particularly under timed conditions, which is when pupils with processing issues can often feel compromised.

  • General Study Skills

    The above skills translate well into most subjects, particularly the humanities. Therefore, while English will be the main emphasis, if a pupil wishes to set aside some time to focus on, for example, RS or History, or to express their research ideas for their art portfolio, this can easily be accommodated.

    Individual sessions also allow opportunities to consolidate work undertaken during the school day to cement understanding and produce effective revision notes. 

    Time is also spent on refining study and revision skills.

Small Group Tuition (7 pupils maximum)

These sessions are better suited to pupils who are more prone to tire after the rigours of the school day and who will therefore be less favourably disposed to a more intensive one to one session.

Areas of study covered will be similar to one to one sessions; however, group sessions are by their very nature less demanding, taking the spotlight off the individual, while offering pupils opportunities to share ideas and work alongside their peers.  It can also be a lot more fun.  Group work also lends itself favourably to consolidating textual study, as pupils develop confidence in reading aloud together in a safe space. Not only that, but pupils who work in this way feel very much part of a group; they are therefore far more prepared to take risks and challenge themselves as they grow in confidence in a mutually-supportive environment.

It is, of course, important to ensure that members of the group can work together co-operatively and that they have similar needs so that they can benefit equally from the class content.


Extended Tuition and Revision Sessions

It is also possible for pupils to attend extended sessions scheduled in good time prior to exams, during the Easter holidays or Spring or Summer half-term. The focus here is to reinforce their knowledge and understanding of texts studied, gain familiarity with the exam rubric and develop a more honed sense of what exactly is required to produce a successful response to any given question.

Extended sessions (usually 3 hours), with sensible rest-breaks, will also afford the time to practise under timed conditions and facilitate the opportunity to provide immediate feedback upon which to build their exam prowess.


A Level Support

A Level support aims to encourage a collaborative relationship, working alongside a pupil’s subject teachers. Weekly one-to-one support usually consists of:

  • shared close analysis of A Level texts to enable pupils to develop a deeper understanding of more complex reading material and an ability to identify the salient points

  • advice and practice with planning techniques

  • support in structuring critical responses that display greater depth and sophistication than that required at GCSE, working towards the inclusion of increasingly complex and challenging content that best reflects their knowledge and understanding as it develops over the course of their studies

  • exam practice with detailed feedback

  • establishing meaningful short term targets for improvement

  • guidance in developing research and study skills

  • adapting resources and revision materials



Coursework Assignments, Proofreading and Research Methods

Support offered is very much student-led, but generally involves critiquing arguments, help with developing more astute research methods, advice on planning and guidance on improving essay technique.

 Appropriate feedback is given on written assignments.