Pupil Support

Pupil Support

At Yes @ Areté Learning Trust we aim to ensure that pupils are central to their own learning


  • Have Clear Goals
  • Analyse your strengths and difficlties
  • Allow Yourself Thinking Time
  • Learn how you Learn
  • Reduce Memory Load
  • Develop Organisational Skills
  • Have High Expectations of Yourself

Access arrangements are adjustments during exams e.g. extra time, breaks, a reader, which allow students with specific difficulties to perform at their best.

Students with access arrangements should be confident that the access arrangements they have are their 'normal way of working.'

Using Extra Time

Readers and Writers for Exams


  • Fly Like A Dyslexic
  • The Codpast created by Sean Doughas. Inspirational videos and podcasts
  • Dyspraxic Fantastic - a positive insight into coping with Dysraxia
  • Marginal Gains - a project currently being rolled out at Richmond School by Mr Bolton-Lear. It encourages students to make 1 percent positive changes in lots of areas of their lives and studies. For example, go to bed half an hour earlier; do half an hour of revision per week; etc...The students involved all identified areas of weakness and then used these to set targets for themselves. Students are also introduced to the idea of 'aggregation of marginal gains', which is the idea that marginal gains are compounded and  that as time goes on the gap between success and failure widens.
  • Dyslexia Advocacy Posters

If you have a Specific Learning Difficulty and think that the strategies you have developed, and experiences you have had, could  support others please get in touch. We would love to hear from you. Email yes@richmondschool.net

An A-Z of Clubs in Richmondshire Open to Young People

A practical guide to a good nights sleep promoting positive mental health for teenagers

For students with Specific Learning Difficulties going on the Higher Education it may be appropriate for students to apply for Disabled Students Allowance (DSA).


Lucy Owens, 20, a former Richmond School pupil is going into her third year at the Sunderland University. Here she gives an insight into the process.

'When I got my report for my Specific Learning Difficulty, I rang up the DSA centre which was 'Aim Assessments' in Leeds. I booked an appointment with them and went through to Leeds to meet them and discuss my allowance. They asked for my Dyslexia report to be emailed before the appointment so they could be ready and know what needed to be in place.  When I got there they welcomed me, asked for my basic details and explained the concept of the assesment.

The asssessment included background information on my learning difficulty, what I particularly struggled with; using information from my Dyslexia report, information about the course I was going to study and what assesments the course entailed.

I was asked if I had a computer or any software, which I didn't. I had to pay £200 towards the equiment the DSA gave me but it included a laptop, laptop stand, Mouse, Keyboard, Headset, Printer (Ink & Paper), all the usual software that a laptop needs but added ones to help me went it came to writing essays like; Dragon Naturallyspeaking. I also received free training in person and online on how to use the software. Someone came to setup the equipment when I was free and settled into my new place in Sunderland. I do recommend taking the free training for the software that they give you because this helped me make my essays just that little stronger. Having all of the equipment meant that I was much more relaxed and actually enjoyed writing the essays as I could use my own space to complete assignments instead of a busy libary.

The DSA assessment really supported my learning throughout university and still does. Going into third year with a strong 2:1 could not have been achieved without the help of the DSA assessment and the equipment I was given.'

Yes @ Areté Learning Trust are able to provide students with a specialist report which will support their application for a Disabled Students Allowance. Please contact us for further details.

How to claim DSA?

Once your application for DSA has been approved you will need to arrange a needs assessment appointment. Details of Certified Assessor Centres can be found by clicking here.

Special Needs and the Theory Test

When you book your Theory Test you should say if you’ve got special needs. In many cases, special arrangements can be made to help you during the test.

If you have learning difficulties, problems with reading or writing, or have required additional help with schoolwork or taking examinations at school or college, then you may be able to get help with the Multiple Choice Theory Test; this may be:

  • Extra time to take the test.
  • Spoken test – via the computer, (English speaking voice over using a head set is available for any test candidate – no proof of special needs is required).
  • One to one reader/recorder – where a person, provided by Pearson Vue (the company that administers the theory test), will read the questions on the computer screen word for word and then record the answer given by the candidate (they are not permitted to explain the meaning of the English language).
  • Oral Language Modification (OLM) – in exceptional cases, where the candidate has severe difficulty understanding the meaning of the language used for the test, the reader can explain the meaning rewording the questions to make them easier to understand; technical terms (e.g. anti-lock braking system) may not be reworded.
  • Private environment / separate room may also be available on request.

No special allowance is made when taking the Hazard Perception Test.

To apply for Special Needs Theory Test – if extra time is needed, if a one to one reader/recorder is needed or if an OLM test is required – the easiest way is to email your details to “DVSA/Pearson Vue Customer Care Team” (name, address, contact phone no, and driver number – from licence) and request a Special Needs Test. Attach proof of the Special Needs – a letter from School / College (stating what Special Needs provision was made when taking tests/exams) or from GP (detailing the medical condition and Special Needs requirements) on headed paper should be sufficient.