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Support for Learning

Canford supports learning through a whole-school approach, achieving excellent outcomes for all pupils. Our SENCo provides whole-school training on a range of learning differences, helping teachers to identify and respond to the learning challenges that all pupils can encounter, including those with SEND. Support for learning (SFL) is embedded across Canford’s curriculum. Teachers meet regularly to share good practice across departments and develop awareness of differing needs; all departments offer drop-in ’clinics’ and ad hoc 1:1 support. The Shells (Year 9) participate in the Accelerated Reader and Mindfulness in Schools programmes.

The SFL department also provides specialist programmes for those pupils with identified learning differences who may require additional support. Our aim is for pupils to develop the skills they need to think and learn independently. We enable our pupils to develop strategies, gain confidence in their own learning and acquire the study skills that will help them to succeed at Canford and beyond.

Assessing Needs

All new pupils complete the computerised Lucid Exact, a comprehensive assessment of literacy skills. Free writing speed is also assessed.  Baseline assessment also provides a helpful snapshot of a pupil’s current skills, such as vocabulary, maths, proofreading and speed of working.

Pupils and parents are encouraged to communicate with tutors about their child’s progress in the first instance. Tutors and teachers liaise closely with the Academic Head of Lower School and SFL in monitoring pupil progress, raising concerns and agreeing appropriate interventions.



Contact SFL

Hannah Ryan - Head of Support For Learning

MA (Edinburgh), MEd (Open University), PGCE (York), PGDip SpLD, AMBDA, APC
Hannah is Canford’s full-time SENCo and in-house specialist teacher and assessor. She teaches Learning Skills and a number of pupils on a one-to-one basis. She is happy to talk to parents of prospective pupils at any time and may be contacted by telephone on 01202 847494 or by email

Kristina Symons - Deputy SENco

Pagan Bishop - Support for Learning teacher

Penny Frampton - Support for Learning teacher

Naomi Miles - Support for Learning teacher

Penelope Talfourd-Cook - Support for Learning teacher

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