Learning Support Services

At Methodist College, we strive to provide the highest possible standard of support for pupils with special needs. The Learning Support Department consists of a number of staff including our Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO), Learning  Support Mentors,  Classroom and General Assistants. To care for each pupil’s specific requirements; these include educational, physical, behavioural, emotional and social needs. Each pupil is assigned a Learning Support Mentor or a Classroom or General  Assistant whose job is to make the child feel included, comfortable and happy within the school environment, and to help them with any problems that may arise throughout the school day.

The Learning Support Department ensures that pupils with special needs are catered for through individual educational plans which are created, monitored and evaluated by specially trained staff. This process involves close co-operation between pupils, their teachers and parents. Support is also available, when necessary, through classroom and general assistants. 

We know it’s been a very difficult year for all concerned in education. So with that in mind we just wanted to share with you some new courses which we have developed for pupils, parents and staff to assist with the kind of wellbeing challenges which we are beginning to see emerge across all sectors of society.


Whilst we have all been looking forward to the easing of restrictions, the roll out of vaccines, and a return to something more like normal life, research indicates that it is often only then that we realise how depleted our emotional resources have become.


Our first course has been designed to deal with the issue of Anxiety and is suitable for pupils of all ages and stages, as well as their parents and school staff. It has probably been the most stressful year imaginable for us all but it also has left many children and adults with a sense of the world feeling less safe than it had done. Our course is designed to be delivered over 4 sessions to help participants begin to understand their own reactions to events and learn a variety of skills to ensure that they are able to achieve their full potential.


Our second course focuses on wellbeing and is designed to assist pupils, staff and parents with developing and employing 5 key skills which will promote recovery from stress and support ongoing good mental health.


We hope that you may find these courses useful. Attached is more information on the courses, and if you would like more details of these or any of courses please contact us via telephone on 028 91821721 or via email at info@familyworksni.com

A Message from the Learning Support Department

Home Learning Support


Why do I have to Stay at Home?

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Parent/Carer Self Isolating

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Managing Anxiety

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Information On Resources

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Educational Resource List

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Coronavirus Updates

Getting Creative

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7 Ways To Be Optimistic

Be Kind To Yourself

Learning Support Advice

Useful Websites

 With each individual we begin by identifying the problem, creating a tailored plan and ensuring they have access to the necessary facilities needed in order for them to flourish and reach their full potential in a safe environment. In order to be effective in doing this, our team liaises with a number of outside agencies.

For further information on a sample of some of these organisations, click on the links in the table below:


Information on Autism & Asperger's                                                                 

Information on Autism & Asperger's 

Information on Spina Bifida & Hydrocephalus
Education and Library Boards 
Information on Attention Deficit & Hyperactivity Disorder


Information on Learning Support


Information on Challenging Cognitive Distortions