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Learning Support Centre

In Coleraine College our Learning Support Centre (LSC) is embedded within the heart of the school. Children who have a Statement of Special Educational Needs for Moderate Learning Difficulties (MLD) are placed in the Learning Support Centre by the Special Education Department of the EA.
Our Learning Support Centre provides a caring, nurturing and supportive environment for each pupil. All children in our LSC are given the opportunity to be educated in a whole school post-primary setting and are an important part of our school community. We place considerable emphasis on the development of their academic skills within the framework of a broad and balanced curriculum. We also strive for each child to reach their full potential by developing their social interaction skills, self-confidence and self-esteem. The individual needs and aspirations of each pupil is at the centre of teaching and learning in our LSC.

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Here at Coleraine College, our Learning Support Centre gives pupils the opportunity to be taught in a nurturing small group setting with a high adult to pupil ratio. As the number of children in each class ranges from 6 to 10, we are able to provide intensive support for all of our students.
In line with the Northern Ireland Curriculum, it is our aim to provide learning opportunities for each young person to:
  • develop independent life skills
  • develop transferable skills
  • promote self-esteem and self-confidence
  • discuss, plan and prepare for their transition for life beyond school
  • achieve success in external exams
  • become responsible citizens who will contribute positively to society

Teaching and Learning

At Key Stage 3, core subjects are taught in our Learning Support Centre by experienced specialist teachers – English, Maths, History and Geography. Pupils are taught by mainstream teachers for all other subjects. All teaching is within a small group setting with the help of a classroom assistant.
At Key Stage 4, pupils are taught in a small group for a range of subjects such as English, Maths, History, Science, LLW, Prince’s Trust and Employability Skills. They join mainstream classes for Occupational Studies and OCN courses.

Transition to Life after School

When our pupils reach Year 12, they are provided with opportunities to plan and prepare for the future. They are supported in various ways, such as becoming involved in the Hype Project with Mencap. Consequently, our pupils have a clear pathway when they leave Coleraine College, including progressing to further education or employment.


Pupils integrate socially on a whole school basis and are encouraged to participate actively in Coleraine College. Extra-curricular activities are open to all pupils throughout the school, with many LSC students participating in sport, drama and school-based clubs. In this way, children in the Learning Support Centre have the opportunity of working at a pace appropriate to their needs, while still being involved in all areas of school life.
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