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The Learning Development Centre

At the heart of our teaching is the Learning Development Centre (LDC) where each pupil is taught according to her individual programme by specialist SpLD staff. The LDC unit carries ‘CReSTeD’ status for dyslexic and dyspraxic pupils.

The LDC is a unique resource at the heart of Brockhurst and Marlston House Schools. Children come to it when they need some extra support alongside their class lessons.  The scope of support offered is very broad. It includes long term individual support and short courses on study skills, exam technique, touch typing or handwriting exercises and time management. Any pupil may benefit from an aspect of it at some point in their education. Overseas pupils have specialist language courses (EAL) included as part of their timetable.

The centre is very well resourced, with its own IT area and an extensive range of the latest engaging and stimulating multi-sensory software. Children are taught in small groups or individually in a purpose-built teaching space. Specialist teachers deliver highly effective programmes which are specific to each child's learning difficulty. Children enjoy coming to the LDC and respond enthusiastically to the warm, fun and encouraging environment.

We can carry out pupil assessments or refer to external professionals who are able to provide further support and advice, if needed. The team is led by a dedicated specialist with very extensive experience of teaching children who have specific learning difficulties.

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Brockhurst and Marlston House Schools
Hermitage, Newbury
Berkshire RG18 9UL

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Contact us

Tel: 01635 200293

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