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Learning Support Service


Available to: Maintained and Academy Schools

As follows: Pay as used

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Contact: Helen Bacon

Telephone: 01709 334077


Service description

The Learning Support Service is part of the Inclusion Support Services within the Inclusion Department. All LSS activities relate to:

  • the national and local drive to promote inclusion of all children within their mainstream neighbourhood school
  • raising attainment of all children
  • ensuring appropriate progress of children identified as having Special Educational Needs
  • promoting a graduated response to need in line with the SEND Code of Practice and the current Children & Families Bill
  • equality of opportunity for all children regardless of learning difficulties or disabilities
  • enabling and empowering schools to meet children’s diverse learning needs

The Service promotes inclusive practice through consultancy and CPD to deliver its key priorities:

  • early Identification and Intervention
  • targeted Support for Pupils with Severe and Persistent Difficulties (e.g. Downs, dyslexia, dyscalculia, autism)
  • continuing Professional Development
  • targeted Support for Schools in Challenging Circumstances

Support is offered to: Head teachers, SEN Governors, SEN Coordinators/Inclusion Managers, school staff, children with significant learning difficulties and disabilities and their parents/carers.

CPD is offered for: individual schools and Multi Academy Trusts across all Rotherham schools. Charges apply and include the cost of planning, resources and organisation of the session.

Service details

Schools can purchase packages which include the following:

  • Support to develop best, inclusive, equitable practice to raise attainment for all children
  • Support to the Head Teacher/Senior Leadership Team to address the school’s priorities within its strategic plan. Provision of targeted CPD to champion these and other priorities
  • Support to raise attainment for all children, not just those with identified learning needs/disabilities
  • Support to the SENCO/Inclusion Manager to develop whole school provision and practice e.g. provision management/establishing a graduated approach/effective deployment of resources
  • Interrogation of pupil data to identify and address underachievement in targeted year group(s)/Key Stages
  • Interrogation of data to aid effective planning, delivery and evaluation of targeted intervention, matched to individual pupil/cohort need
  • Support to develop quality first learning opportunities including differentiation
  • Support to all adults working with children with severe and persistent learning difficulties or disabilities, including dyslexia, downs, dyscalculia, autism, coordination difficulties
  • Advice and support for Newly Qualified Teachers
  • Advice to develop classroom practice to support SEND needs
  • Advice at SEN Support, to aid more focused target setting/intervention for children
  • Guidance on the use of small step assessments, e.g. PIVATS, including moderation
  • Additional objective advice for statutory assessment in line with LA policy
  • Guidance, monitoring and evaluation of provision made for children who are the subject of an Education Health and Care Plan, their teachers, Teaching Assistants and parents/carers
  • Training and support for parental/volunteer initiatives such as Reading Partnerships, Spelling Workshops etc.
  • Support for SENCO cluster/locality network meetings


In addition to the packages of support specified below, LSS is able to tailor support to meet the particular requirements of individual schools (Option E below allows you to specify the hours of support which would most effectively meet your school's needs). Termly support contracts will be matched to individual school need, based on the menu of activities listed above.

Option 1 – Package A: £6760
120 hours - the equivalent of half a day support for 37 weeks of the year

Option 2 - Package B: £3495
62 hours – the equivalent of half a day support each fortnight over 37 weeks of the year

Option 3 - Package C: £2030
36 hours – the equivalent of 11 half days support (one visit per month)

Option 4 - Package D: £1130
20 hours – the equivalent of six half day visits per year

Option 5 - Package E: £57/62 per hour

Please use Option 5 if Support Packages A-D do not match your school's needs.

Please specify on your Buy Back form the number of hours support required for the coming year. This will be charged at £57 per hour. Should you choose to buy further hours through the school year in addition to options 1 to 5 above, these will be charged at £62 per hour.

See the Service Level Agreement