A leading day and boarding school for boys and girls aged 4 - 13 yrs set on the idyllic North Norfolk Coast

Learning Support

Learning Support is a skilled and innovative department, central to Beeston’s ability to understand and respond to each child as an individual.

Collaboration between Learning Support and teaching staff enables personalised strategies and resources to be implemented. In addition, one-to-one and small-group lessons take place to address specific areas of difficulty.  We relish the challenge of capturing the ‘whole child’: findings from psychometric tools are triangulated with insight from home, school(s) and, when required, a network of external professionals.

Led by an experienced educational psychologist who maintains close ties with the private and government sector, our practice reflects a creative application of educational and psychological research and theory.  We take pleasure in the breadth of our role, from contributing to the development of cutting-edge teaching and learning at Beeston to offering a space of warmth and inspiration for those in need of a friendly chat at break.  Projects in the pipeline include developing metacognitive practice in school and using technology to gather and graph whole-staff feedback during assessment processes.

Poppy Ionides

Head of SEND elect- MA (Cantab), Dip Psych, PGCE, MSc, HCPC registered PYL00763

I joined Beeston as Head of Learning Support in 2020.

The task of setting alight the minds of a trio of tutees caught my imagination in the summer of 1995 and I have been learning about learning ever since: a Cambridge neuroscience degree, teaching in an east-London-overspill town, educational psychology practice, government projects on educational assessment, and rigorous lessons from my three children. Family, friends, music making, garden taming, sea, saltmarsh, books and building projects have filled my hours beyond work.

For eight of my fifteen years as an educational psychologist I have worked with Beeston; it stands out for its will and skill to see each child as an individual.

Did You Know?

Our fresh ideas grow on well-established roots: staff in the Learning Support team have a total of 60 years of Beeston service!

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