Learning Development

Learning Development is about more than support for pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. The department is a key pillar of the Pathways and Perspectives programme in the Middle School, which has metacognition, or learning how to learn, as a core principle. Indeed, all pupils at St Edward’s benefit from this; the department supports teachers as well as pupils in strategies to teach and to learn metacognitive skills, as well as specific advice for staff working with pupils with specific needs. All Shells have dedicated lessons in metacognition as part of Teddies Curriculum lessons on Wednesday afternoons.

The department is responsible for leading and ensuring the provision of support for pupils with SEND, both through direct support of pupils and their parents and through the teaching staff. We encourage the highest potential from all students regardless of a formal diagnosis; by encouraging pupils to become more aware, mindful learners, our aspiration is for pupils to recognise their role in the learning process and develop their own styles of thinking, learning and growth. Our practice works towards building resilience in the face of challenges and pleasure in overcoming them.

The Head of Learning Development acts as the SENDCo for the school and oversees access arrangements for public examinations as well as a screening programme for all pupils on entry to the School.

For further information please contact the Registrar’s Office: 01865 319200.


Head of Learning Development: Louise Barr BA, University of London
Teacher of Learning Support: Joanna Sephton BA, Wadham College, Oxford


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