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Learning Strategies


Learning Strategies Overview

Learning Strategies at King's is about encouraging pupils with specific learning difficulties to adopt good working practices 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.


Our Objectives

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


Lessons are taught in small groups and timetabled 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, eg. 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.

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