“A SEN team that parents describe as ‘phenomenal’, accessed through a ‘learning strategies’ programme and adept at identifying and assisting those with additional needs. 20 per cent of the current cohort have entitlement to additional exam access arrangements and, of these, 10 – 15% have additional lessons with personalised support. They are a small enough school to enable any help to be tailored to the need of the child and can handle most minor educational needs from dyslexia to mild autism and ADHD. They draw the line where ‘with the best will in the world’ they cannot facilitate the required help, for example they are unable to supply constant one on one care or a permanent teaching assistant.”
- The Good Schools Guide 2021
“We wanted to say a huge "thank you" for all that you have done over the past couple of years. The transition from living in the Far East to starting at King's has not always been plain sailing, but we have had an immense amount of support on the pastoral front.”
- Parents of a pupil who completed his GCSEs and A levels at King's
Learning Strategies Overview
Learning Strategies at King's is about encouraging pupils with specific learning difficulties to adopt good working practice and become independent learners. We support pupils in all subjects across the curriculum starting in the Third Form, through GCSE and A Level as required.
Our primary goal is to encourage pupils to become effective independent learners by understanding their difficulties, finding strategies to overcome these, and building on their strengths to raise self-esteem.
The main educational and developmental objectives of the lessons are:
- to provide excellent educational and pastoral support
- to improve personal and academic organisation skills
- to explore strategies to enable better recall of information
- to improve structure, depth and quality of written responses
- to develop more effective and fluent reading skills
- to develop language and communication skills
- to improve accuracy of spelling, punctuation and grammar
- to develop good listening skills
- to improve revision and examination technique
“Our expectations in the academic arena were surpassed – we were absolutely thrilled on results day and know that these results are due in no small part to the staff who have taught and guided our son.”
- Parents of former pupil
Lessons are always taught one-to-one and at a time that best suits each individual so as not to compromise other work. Sometimes we advise pupils to opt for one less subject, especially at GCSE, in order to relieve academic pressure. This provides:
- a regular slot for specialist tuition
- additional study periods for catching up, re-organising notes, extended reading, editing, etc
- a window for other tuition, e.g. music lessons
- invaluable time for preparing exam coursework
From time to time, any pupil may require a guiding hand to help improve memory, essay writing, or exam technique. With this in mind, there is a learning strategies service for occasional advice or assessment.
Fees and Information
Individual tuition: £305 per term for 1 lesson a week
For further information, please contact Mrs V Kukor Morgan, Head of Learning Strategies.
Victoria Kukor Morgan
Victoria (BA Hons Eng, Literacy Specialist, Dyslexia/SpLD specialist, L7 Exam Access Arrangements Assessor) is Head of Learning Strategies and organises and co-ordinates the assessment and teaching of all EAL and SpLD pupils. She trained in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) and has a wealth of experience with which to help individuals explore their learning in order to achieve success across the curriculum.
Laura joined us as Carpenter Housemistress in 2017. She is a qualified SENCo and Dyslexia/SpLD specialist.
Alison (BA Geog, PGCE, Trinity TESOL Cert.) is responsible for teaching study skills to individual pupils with SpLD and EAL, helping individuals achieve success across the curriculum. Alison has worked abroad and has a particular interest in geography, languages and science. Alison also has responsibility for teaching additional EAL individual pupils when the timetable allows.
Rachel (BSc Hons Psychology, PGCE) supports pupils during timetabled lessons across the curriculum and in small groups within the Learning Strategies department. She is currently working towards a Masters Degree in Education, specialising in language and literacy.
Alison (MA Cantab Music, PGCE) joined the Learning Strategies department in 2020 but has taught at King's since 2014. Alison provides one-to-one and small group lessons to pupils requiring additional support in maths.
Jess (BA Hons Graphic Communication, Maths SKE, Secondary Maths PGCE) is responsible for teaching one-to-one maths lessons to pupils with SpLD and EAL. She is also a tutor in Meynell House and is involved with co-curricular cross-country.