• Abbey College, Abbey Road, Hollow Lane, Ramsey Cambridgeshire PE26 1DG

At Abbey College, the Learning Support team is made up of 13 Teaching Assistants and 3 Higher Level Teaching Assistants. The Teaching assistant role is to work alongside class teachers and support students to access and be successful at all aspects of a broad and balanced curriculum including classroom based learning tasks, practical activities and educational trips and visits.

A key part of an effective teaching assistants job is to develop a student's independence so that they can begin to complete tasks with developing knowledge and understanding and the confidence to be successful.
A teaching assistant will scaffold tasks appropriately, refocus and provide learning prompts when relevant, support a young person to read and make sense of lesson resources and develop strategies to allow them to be able to collate and record their thoughts and ideas effectively. Time is often spent overlearning key concepts and the Teaching Assistant will support the young person in applying their knowledge to a wide range of learning tasks.

Further support is available during lunch and break time to help young people socialise with their peers and manage unstructured times in the school day. Teaching Assistants also take on a key worker role, providing support for identified students to manage their emotions, resolve conflicts effectively or simply provide an opportunity for a quiet chat.

The Teaching assistants team meet together regularly to share good learning habits as well as problem solve barriers to support next steps for individual students.

A Higher Level Teaching assistant has responsibility for one are of the Learning Support provision, they deliver intervention groups and make adjustments to programmes for children with a special educational need or disability.

At Abbey College ‘Every Child Matters’, and we pride ourselves on our high standards of pastoral care. Each student is treated as an individual and supported to achieve the highest standards they are capable of.

Every student is allocated to a form group of no more than 22 students, each with a Mentor and Co-Mentor who is responsible for offering individual support and guidance to each student in their care. Students meet with their Mentor for morning session each day and have assemblies on a weekly basis. A Head of House will have oversight of the welfare and achievement of the House group and will lead the students as they progress through the College.

Mental Health – Keep Your Head

Keep Your Head (www.keep-your-head.com) is a website which provides information for young people, parents/carers and professionals on young people’s mental health – ranging from self-help to information on services.

The website has been developed in conjunction with young people and they have played a particularly key role in developing the name, content and the images on the site.


Useful websites

The Parent Partnership Service providing Cambridgeshire's SEND Information, Advice and Support Service (SENDIASS) offers impartial and confidential information, advice and support to parents and carers who have a child or young person with special educational needs (SEN) or a disability or have concerns that their child has special educational needs:


 National Autistic Society:


Dyslexia guidance and advice on hearing and visual impairments plus others areas of SEN:


A free learning resource about the mental health of children young people and adults:


Health and Wellbeing:



Support & Pastoral Care Information