Learning support in an inclusive primary school is a critical element in providing a quality education for all students. It is designed to provide additional support to children with special educational needs or neurodiversity, enabling them to participate in a mainstream classroom and receive the same educational opportunities as their peers. Learning support helps to identify and address any learning difficulties and ensure that each student can reach their full potential. It can involve one-to-one support, small group work, or whole-classroom activities, which could include in-class support, specialist teaching, differentiated instruction, and behaviour management. Learning support services also help to promote inclusion, offering advice, support, and resources to help all pupils develop their social and emotional skills.

We are a full service school: a school that responds to diversity by providing quality education for all. At PNPS, we take an inclusive approach to learning and celebrate diversity in education by recognising each child’s potential, and removing stigmas and negative labels.

Positive discipline

A restorative discipline is an approach to behaviour management that seeks to repair the harm caused by behaviour and restore relationships between people. It is based on the idea that all behaviour has a cause and that it is important to identify and address the underlying cause of the behaviour. Our positive discipline approach encourages pupils to take responsibility for their own behaviour and to think about how their behaviour affects others. It focuses on problem-solving and encourages pupils to think about the impact of their behaviour and to resolve conflicts peacefully. Restorative discipline often involves circular conversations, where all parties are given the chance to talk and listen to each other. It also encourages pupils to work with the school to find a solution that is agreeable to everyone, together.
Our approach is to catch children doing the right thing, and inspire them to continue.

Supporting every child

The learning support department, managed by the learning support co-ordinator, is integral to the functioning of the school. It supports the needs of every child at the school and their families. We use our teaching interns and facilitators to facilitate accommodations for learning in class and we have various forms of specialist help. See the Learning Support Programme here.

Our teaching interns

Our teaching interns help every child achieve their maximum potential. They work predominantly in the classrooms assisting both children and teachers. Teaching interns are often teachers in training, who add to their teaching experience during their work with us. Their presence ensures that our adult to child ratio is maximised in every class.

Teaching interns help children with the transition between grades, listen to reading groups, do necessary class admin, take the children to extramurals and also coach sport in the afternoon.


Facilitators in the classroom play an important role in providing learning support. They help to create an environment that is conducive to learning and create opportunities for individual support. Facilitators assist pupil learning by providing guidance and feedback, presenting materials and resources, and helping to scaffold activities. They also help to motivate and engage students in the learning process, by promoting collaboration and problem-solving. By providing a supportive learning environment, facilitators can help to foster a sense of achievement, curiosity, and enthusiasm for learning.



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