Learning Support Centre
Coleraine College has the facility of a Learning Support Centre. Children who have statements for Moderate Learning Difficulties are placed in the Learning Support Centre by the Special Education Department of the EA. The Learning Support Centre exists to provide the opportunity for children with MLD to be educated in a whole school setting. Improving academic skills is of major importance but there is considerable emphasis on the development of social skills and self-confidence within the framework of a broad and balanced curriculum.
The Learning Support Centre aims to provide a base where smaller classes of pupils can be taught. The appropriate Programme of Studies for their Key Stage with work and material modified to suitable levels are provided. Year 12 are encouraged to enter for external examinations, where appropriate. The Learning Support Centre can accommodate 40 pupils.
At Key Stage 3 pupils remain in the Learning Support Centre for the core subjects. For these subjects they are taught in a small group with the help of a classroom assistant alongside an experienced specialist teacher. They integrate with their mainstream form class for all other subjects.
At Key Stage 4 pupils are taught in a small group for English, Maths, History, RE, Science, LLW, Prince’s Trust and Employability Skills. They join their mainstream class for Occupational Studies.
Pupils integrate socially on a whole school basis and are in free to participate in all aspects of school life. In this way, children in the Learning Support Centre have the opportunity of working at a pace appropriate to their needs, while still being actively involved in the wider life of the school.