General Learning Difficulties

These are different to specific learning difficulties (SpLD) such as dyslexia, and can be labelled as moderate or severe. They are also different to profound and multiple learning difficulties (PMLD) where there are more profound needs and where those students are almost always taught within special schools.

General learning difficulties is a broad term and each student will be different and will need assistance catering to their strengths and weaknesses.  Many students are categorised by schools as MLD (moderate learning difficulties) when they are just low attaining.

Some indications of general learning difficulties:

  • Struggles to understand tasks and instructions
  • Problems sequencing tasks in the right order
  • Issues organising work
  • Trouble remembering (short and long term)

These students often have low self-esteem and can therefore benefit from the person-centred Bright Heart Approach. Concentration issues can be a problem and a one-to-one setting is usually beneficial.

How our tutors approach students with general learning difficulties

Our tutors look to be familiar with all information gathered in the client consultation. This could be done via the directors in person or over the phone, as well as any EHCP’s, Statements and educational psychologist’s reports that the client is comfortable sharing. We do recommend that clients share appropriate learning information (which is treated with utmost confidence). As these difficulties can be mild to severe our tutors will adjust the lesson accordingly, whether it be the pace or content. A warm atmosphere will be provided by the tutor, where the student will be at ease to learn in the way that matches their capabilities.