The Role of Specialist Learning Support Assistants at St. Hild's

We have nine Specialist Learning Support Assistants (SLSAs) working with our SEND and Pupil Premium pupils.  SLSAs have high expectations of all pupils, and use their subject knowledge to enable all pupils to achieve the learning objective in lessons.

Teaching staff plan lessons to make effective use of SLSAs, therefore their impact is significant in contributing to the learning and achievement in our classrooms.

Three of our SLSAs oversee IDL (Indirect Dyslexia Learning) literacy programme which uses sight, sound, touch, and voice to improve reading and spelling. Links are made between the visual, auditory and tactile pathways. 

The IDL was introduced in March 2017. Since then 83 pupils have started IDL and 11 out of the 83 pupils have completed sufficient content to be assessed. The average improved reading age for this group of pupils is 10 months and the average improved spelling age is 7 months.

SLSAs also provide one-to-one study skills intervention sessions during registration.  This helps our SEND pupils in becoming more confident independent learners.