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21 Feb
Additional support in the boarding House - February 21, 2018
21 Feb 2018 - 21 Feb 2018

Additional support in the Boarding House: living with SpLDs, creating a happier House for all


We are all different. Those with Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLDs) need particular help, each in an individual way.  This workshop is about learning what to look out for, finding strategies to support these young people as they develop and building on their often significant gifts.  It’s also about helping their peers who can find a challenge living with their friend’s quirkiness.  The House staff acting as a team, with their own roles, will support each other.  The Boarding House presents a special opportunity for all to reach understanding and fulfilment.

The workshop will be informative, interactive, solution focussed. 

Why you should  attend?  Around 10% of all students have some degree of learning difficulties: dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalcula, ADHD and Autism. They are intelligent students who struggle in one area academically and often in organisational skills, managing friendships, their mental well-being and self esteem.  This workshop will explore how the practical and emotional support of sympathetic boarding staff can make a huge difference to the lives and ultimate success of these students and their peers: top tips for key House staff. 


  • ​Recognising additional challenges some young people face in day to day living
  • Finding the positives and raising self-esteem
  • Making the most of the House team
  • Building positive peer, staff, and parent relationships


Dr Diana Hudson has been a biology teacher for 30 years in both the State and private sectors and teaching medical students. She then trained as a SENCO and established the Learning Support department at Wycombe Abbey School. She is author of ‘Specific Learning Difficulties: What Teachers need to know’.

She currently enjoys giving inset training talks both to individual schools and to University education students about the strengths and weaknesses of children with SpLDs. She is a guest lecturer at UCL, Imperial, Warwick, Canterbury Christchurch and Kingston Universities and has also presented to the Association of Science Education and to the GDST SENCO forum.

She has always loved acting, attending a part time course at RADA for 2 years where presentation skills were part of the training.

This was an endorsement that Dr Hudson received from Warwick University: “Diana Hudson delivered a SPDL lecture to our cohort of PGCE trainees with a focus on dyspraxia. Diana’s captivating style, alongside her extensive knowledge ensure an engaging experience that provided theoretical perspectives alongside practical strategies for classroom implementation.”

Her three daughters, all with some SpLDs, attended boarding school.


Liz Best was Deputy Head (Pastoral) at Wycombe Abbey for 17 years, developing a keen interest in how best to support those with SpLDs, their peers, and the House staff.

Since then she has helped set up a centre for bullied and vulnerable adolescents working particularly closely with the older girls and acted as Bursar of a Japanese boarding school, helping them meet the requirements of OFSTED and increase the attractiveness of girls' boarding.  She is also an active trustee for a charity which gives respite breaks to vulnerable children and where her understanding of the needs of girls within a close community has proved valuable.  She has been a tutor for the BSA for six years.  Liz attended a girls’ boarding school herself and both her daughter and son attended single sex boarding schools giving Liz further insights into the boarding experience.


In addition, both Dr Aya Yuasa (in her 10th year as a Housemistress with specialist expertise in Learning Support) and Mr Kelvin Summers (Head of Boarding at Bredon, a school which particularly supports pupils with SpLDs) will bring their own insights and significant experience to the workshop.



Venue: Wycombe Abbey School, High Wycombe, HP11 1PE

Cost:    Member £200

            Non-member £250


Wycombe Abbey, Wycombe Abbey School , High Wycombe , HP11 1PE, United Kingdom