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Learning Support Service with Wokingham Borough Council

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The Learning Support Service (LSS) is a team of specialist teachers with additional qualifications and experience in working with children with difficulties in literacy and numeracy. We are able to offer advice and support to schools and to develop individual programmes of learning for children with literacy or numeracy difficulties. In some cases we can also offer individual assessment, intervention and monitoring.

Aims of the service

The aim of the service is to raise the achievement of the children and young people who attend primary schools Wokingham Borough who have special educational needs relating to literacy and numeracy.

What we do

The Learning Support Service is an advisory service available to mainstream primary schools in Wokingham. The service provides advice, training, guidance and support to schools, working in partnership with staff. In particular, the team works closely with school SENCOs, to support the development of SEN provision within the school. The focus is around staff development and promoting positive outcomes for pupils.
The work can include:

  • Regular visits to support the SENCO in identifying development of SEN provision and practice in their school relating to literacy and numeracy skills
  • Training- for SENCOs, teachers and teaching assistants to reduce the barriers to learning and providing inclusive mainstream strategies
  • Observation – of pupils to identify strengths and difficulties in relation to literacy and numeracy
  • Literacy and Numeracy Assessments where the development and acquisition of literacy and /or numeracy are concerns.
  • Involvement in multi-professional meetings and ‘surgeries’
  • Support for parents

Monitoring and evaluation of service

Each term, we review with schools the support given to each child and we will modify programmes as appropriate.
We monitor the quality of the service through annual parent questionnaires.
Children’s progress is monitored by further observation and feedback to parents and schools.

The quality of the service provided to schools is monitored by an end of year questionnaire.

Training is evaluated as a matter of course after each input.

Education and special educational needs and/or disabilities
Service provided by Wokingham Borough Council

Who to contact

0118 974 6000

When is it On/Open ?

Date & Time Information

The Learning Support Service is term time only

Costs and Fee Information

Service/Activity is Free
How is the service funded
Local Authority

Facilities and Accessibility

FREE Service

Accessing this service

Age Ranges
Children aged 5 – 11 years.
Eligibility Criteria

For primary schools maintained by Wokingham Borough Council there is no cost. There are cost implications academies and free schools.

Visit the schools hub traded services section to find out when and what work will be charged.

For all schools seeking support from the LSS the following criteria applies:

The LSS work within the requirements of the SEN Code of Practice 2014. Referral for assessment and advice can be made when a class teacher with the support of the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo) have assessed that a child has special educational needs (SEN). They will have gathered evidence including the views of the child and their parents and put into place extra teaching or other rigorous interventions to support the child’s specific needs however these actions have not promoted progress in literacy and/or numeracy skills.


Referral required
Who can refer
Via School
Referral notes

A referral should currently be made by the school using the request for Learning Support Service Involvement form. This must include the parent/carer signature. It should clearly indicate the reasons for referral, the strategies already employed and any relevant data e.g standardised assessments and school-based data. Following this referral the child’s needs will be discussed at the school planning meeting and a decision with regards to the next steps will be agreed. 

Provision For

Supporting people with
Learning and Communication

Quality Assurance

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Call: 0118 974 6000


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Data last checked: 01/12/2021
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