Learning Support

Learning Support Staff

Mr I Noble

Strategic Manager – Equality and Participation, Inclusion Centre Manager

Mrs K Asquith

Teaching Assistant

Mr M Butterworth

Higher Level Teaching Assistant

Mrs K Cannon

Assistant Strategic Manager, Senior Teaching Assistant

Mrs B Kay

Higher Level Teaching Assistant

Mrs J Land

ASDAN and Qualifications Award Co-ordinator, Senior Teaching Assistant

Mrs A Lowther

Higher Level Teaching Assistant

Mrs T Troughton

Senior Teaching Assistant


ASDAN has been successfully used to meet the individual learning needs of many students over the past six years.  Appleby Grammar School is a registered ASDAN centre and runs a variety of courses and qualifications to enhance the attainment of students across the curriculum.  Programmes can be selected as an option by students in Year 10 and 11 as a vocational alternative to GCSE qualifications.
Certificate of Personal Effectiveness (COPE):
Can be studied at level 1 or level 2 and has been proven to improve the level of English of students studying the modules.  This is an evidence based course covering a range of different modules which enables students to research, present and report on subjects that are relevant to them.
Modules include: Information Handling, The Community, Independent Living, Sport & Leisure, Environment and Work Related Learning/Enterprise
Wider Key Skills:
Within ASDAN students have also had the opportunity to work towards Wider Key Skills at level 1 and 2.  The key skills are Working with Others, Problem Solving and Improving Own Learning.  To achieve the qualification students are asked to plan, do and review specific projects working individually or as part of a group.  This helps them to improve all aspects of learning across the curriculum.
Diploma in Life Skills:
A portfolio based course that allows students to build up knowledge of the world outside of the classroom whilst developing their own personal learning skills.  Developing Self, Preparation for Work, Managing Money, Parenting Awareness and Working with Others are a small selection of the many modules that students can study.
ASDAN Bronze/Silver Award Scheme:
Again students will develop a portfolio of work rather than be assessed through an examination.  Modules studied will include Information Handling, Expressive Arts and Environment and students complete challenges to gain 6 or 12 credits.  Students passing the Bronze course can progress on to the Silver Awards programme to raise their achievement. 
Foodwise   Short Course
A portfolio based course to provide an opportunity for students to develop knowledge and skills in food preparation and cooking and how to use them effectively. The credits gained can be transferred to the Cope qualification. Modules include Healthy Eating, Basic Food Safety and Practical Cooking Skills.


(Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning)
SEAL is “a comprehensive, whole-school approach to promoting the social and emotional skills that underpin effective learning, positive behaviour, regular attendance, staff effectiveness and the emotional health and well-being of all who learn and work in schools”. Department for Education 2010
At Appleby Grammar School, staff appreciate that all children and Adults need support to develop the five SEAL learning outcomes:
Self-Awareness: Social Skills: Empathy: Motivation; Managing Feelings:
At Appleby Grammar School, many students benefit from participating in the SEAL programme, which is delivered in a “Circle Time” lesson. This lesson focuses on developing the qualities and skills that help promote effective learning, self-esteem and positive behaviour.  Students are taught within small groups once a week during the timetabled school day.
The strategies used, help students develop skills such as understanding another’s point of view, working in a group, sticking at things when they get difficult, self-confidence, resolving conflict and managing worries. The programme addresses key learning and social issues for students, in a positive and hopefully fun way, using a variety of teaching methods.
Feedback from students is always very positive.
This is a rolling programme that takes place within Years 7, 8 and 9.

SEN/D Policy

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Functional English
The Functional Skills qualification allows candidates to demonstrate the fundamental applied skills in English that help people to gain the most from life, learning and work. The course shows them how to apply English in everyday situations, such as writing an effective job application or evaluating the best deal for a mobile phone package.
Students studying this course will be entered for either Level 1 or Level 2 when they can demonstrate all the skills standards outlined at that level. Reading and Writing are assessed by external test and Speaking, Listening and Communication are assessed by controlled assessment. All of the components are equally weighted and students must achieve the desired level in each component in order to be certificated at that level.
The reading test includes multiple choice questions. This means that candidates’ reading abilities do not have to be mediated through their writing abilities.
The writing tasks allow candidates to demonstrate their ability to write for different audiences and purposes in various types of writing they will have to do at home, in educational contexts or at work.
Speaking, listening and communication are assessed by controlled assessment and requires students to perform in a number of group discussion and presentations.
Further information including full draft specifications can be found at here.

SEN Information Report

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Local Offer

Please see the link below to Cumbria's Local Offer.

Cumbria's Local Offer.