Longbenton High School’s Learning Support Department co-ordinates provisions for pupils who require additional support overcoming a wide range of barriers to their learning.

In our commitment to ensuring all students access the curriculum as effectively as possible, students identified with specific learning difficulties are provided with a personalised curriculum.


Students in Years 7 and 8, who are identified as having a need for extra input on their literacy skills, are withdrawn from one lesson per week to work in small literacy classes. These classes are taught by our three Higher Level Teaching Assistants.

The students work to improve their performance on a range of literacy skills including spellings, grammar, reading, writing, punctuation and language within a friendly environment. The skills learned by the students can be transferred into other subject areas enabling them to work more independently, enhancing their performance to its full potential; this also improves student’s confidence and self esteem

Identified students in Year 9 follow a Functional Skills programme which helps them develop a range of literacy and numeracy skills through life skills, helping with their transition into KS4 and later life.


Students in years 10 and 11 follow a personlised curriculum based on learning life skills through IT and collaborative learning. Foundation Learning students may access part of the certificate of personal effectiveness programme by ASDAN and study the European Computer Driving License to enhance IT skills learned in ealier years. This will leave extra time in year 11 to prepare students for exams in core subjects.

Personlised key skills modules will be studied to focus on the world of work and preparing for life beyond school.

Extra Curricular Activities

The support towards individual development goes far beyond the classroom, encompassing a wide range of extra-curricular opportunities which include: Year 7 residential trip to High Borrans; Year 10 Sailing trip;  Duke of Edinburgh Award for students in Years 10–14; Social Connect Group; Literacy Club; Numeracy Club; Homework Club.

Past Ofsted results

“Students with disabilities and special educational needs achieve well. They are well supported by the planned activities in lessons and in small groups out of lessons by teaching assistants who understand their specific needs precisely.”

Mr I Little (SENCO)

Tel: 0191 2189500 ext206

Email: il@lblearning.com


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