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The Learning Support Faculty

It is beneficial for some students to study one fewer subject at GCSE and follow a Study Plus Option. This is

designed to help students increase their level of achievement in the GCSE examinations, not only in English

and Mathematics but also in other subjects that depend to some extent on literacy and numeracy skills.

A key feature of our Study Plus course is that it does not follow a set syllabus or specification but is designed

specifically for a particular group of students whose learning needs have been identified.

Study Plus also allows students to receive support for homework tasks in addition to further Maths and

English support.

Students should choose to take Study Plus only after consultation between Mrs Currier (Head of

Learning Support) and their assigned member of Lower School Office or Upper School Office.

CoPE

The Learning Support Faculty also offer CoPE as a guided option. The Certificate of Personal Effectiveness

(CoPE) allows students to record and develop their personal skills, abilities and achievements. This course is

based on the development and assessment of the following six core skills regularly described by employers

as desirable:

• Working with others

• Improving own learning and performance

• Problem solving

• The ability to carry out research

• Communication skills

• The ability to deliver oral presentations

There is no formal examination in this subject nor is it externally assessed. Students are assessed on the

portfolio of evidence that they produce. Lessons are tailored to the needs and strengths of the students but

are based around the following module titles:

Communication; Citizenship and Community; Sport and Leisure; Independent Living;

The Environment; Vocational and Diploma Preparation; Health and Fitness; Work Related

Learning and Enterprise; Science and Technology; International Links; Expressive Arts;

Beliefs and Values.

Mrs Currier, Head of Learning Support, will identify and advise students who may benefit from this course.