The Learning Development Centre is a purpose-built area, housed centrally in the school, where all direct therapy is delivered by fully qualified therapists and specialist tutors. Almost all boys in the school attend lessons weekly for between 2 and 8 half hour sessions, with support continuing through GCSE and A level years where necessary. Many boys have previously had negative experiences by being removed from class in order to attend support lessons, but at More House attendance in the LDC forms part of each boy's timetable, removing any need to be singled out or to miss lessons.
LDC lessons include Literacy Tuition, Numeracy Tuition, Speech and Language Therapy and Occupational Therapy. Many boys benefit from support in all subject areas, while some only need limited input from one discipline. Whatever the complexity of learning needs of each individual, they can be met through a personal timetable, combining therapies which aim to manage and overcome the specific difficulties experienced by each boy.
Most of the therapy is delivered in small groups of between 2 and 4 boys from a team of 22 members of staff. We support the development of reading and spelling, reading comprehension, numeracy and mathematical skills, listening and attention, understanding of the spoken word, expressive language ability, speech and fluency, social communication, gross and fine motor skills, bilateral coordination, visual perception and sensory processing.
In addition therapists and tutors support the functional use of strategies learned in the LDC by attending lessons, supervising meal times, participating in PE lessons and supporting social interaction during break times.
In Years 10 and 11 LDC staff offer support through the curriculum, such as developing an understanding of the more specialised vocabulary required for the GCSE curriculum, teaching techniques to answer exam questions effectively, helping with time management and organisation. This continues through the Sixth Form, as well as offering opportunities to develop life skills in preparation for life beyond More House.
The work of the Learning Development Centre is fully integrated into the life of the school, with many staff being form tutors and mentors. In addition all LDC staff are available to offer support to both teachers and parents/carers whenever requested, and regularly contribute to INSET workshops and lectures.
In addition to school responsibilities, staff in the LDC regularly contribute to lectures and workshops for teachers and learning assistants in the wider community. They also undertake research, instigated both by the school and/or outside agencies.