Learning Support

At Southam College our vision is to create a positive ethos which promotes inclusion of all students (including those with SEN) to achieve their full potential within a supportive atmosphere

T A Support

Teaching Assistants work with all students in lessons across all subject areas according to identified needs and across all year groups. TA’s have various subject strengths and are individually linked to support departments and year groups.


The Learning Support Department recognises that there is a need to enhance student’s literacy skills. Teaching Assistants work with students to promote independence, confidence and an interest in reading. A range of literacy interventions are used to maximise students potential across all areas of literacy including the English Plus programme that is supported extensively by TA’s.

EAL students receive programmes of study and support.

Exam Support

TA’s work closely with students and identify pupils who may need extra support with their exams. There are a number of strategies available depending on student individual needs. In Year 10 identified students are officially tested for specific external examination support.

Pastoral Support

The Learning Support Team support the College’s strong pastoral system.

The team offer support and guidance to individual students including home school links ensuring students feel involved in College life.

TA’s support the College’s excellent Transition programme and work regularly with the Primary Schools.

The team are committed to ensuring students are provided with the right learning environment, this is achieved through

  • Mentoring
  • Rewarding achievement
  • Encouraging positive
  • Behaviour
  • TA’s support many extra-curricular activities and visits, including residentials.

The Learning Support Department provide additional support for Year 7s within the Springboard Maths scheme. Classes are divided into three with a teacher leading the lesson and two TA’s supporting.

As students move from Year 7 up through the school TA’s support lower ability groups targeting individual students as required and support the College’s specific intervention programmes in KS4.

Shared Reading

Our Shared Reading scheme is run by Learning Support. It is massively successful largely because of thededication of the Sixth Formers that take part. Year 12 and 13 students ensure they are available every Thursday, during morning registration, in order to come along to the library and listen to a Year 7 read. Year 13 students also do the same on Wednesday mornings and listen to some Year 8 students read. Their committment helps to keep the continuity with the younger readers and also helps to build up their confidence.

Ofsted recognised our scheme as a valued service to the College. The dedication that the Sixth Form students show can be included on their UCAS application and as part of the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme and/or a certificate can be provided to show their committment when applying to University.

Homework Support

Homework Support sessions are supported by TA’s on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 3.30 – 4.45. These take place in the library which ensures access to a full range of facilities including IT.