Global Learning Difficulties

Global Learning Difficulties is a very wide term that refers to students who struggle with most aspects of their learning.


They may present as having:

  • Very considerable difficulties in reading and writing and numeracy skills.
  • Very considerable differences in their level of social communication skills. Sometimes there are attendant differences in level of maturity, independence skills and speed at which a task is completed.

As for any student, a student’s strengths and weaknesses are assessed and where appropriate, resources in terms of support and intervention are deployed to enable them to participate as fully as possible in all areas of school life. We acknowledge that students with such difficulties will find aspects of their school work very challenging. The SEND Team works very hard with classroom teachers to ensure each student’s curriculum is appropriate and personalised to meet each student’s specific needs. All are included in extracurricular activities including trips. Strong links with supportive parents result in partnerships that support the student in their journey through school.


Intervention at KS3 is limited and is in Literacy only.  Through Quality First Teaching the needs of most students can be met by the classroom teacher and this is the school’s aim.

At KS4 the school have developed a small range of flexible arrangements for a small number of students, as an alternative to the GCSE route followed by the vast majority of students.  This will include taking a reduced number of GCSEs and having access to supported work or homework sessions for selected students only.