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Glossary Term

Learning Support Units

Learning support units (LSUs) are typically in-school based centres providing short-term teaching and support programmes for pupils who are already disaffected, at risk of exclusion, or vulnerable because of social or family issues.

The aim is to keep them in school and working while their problems are addressed, thereby helping them to re-integrate into mainstream classes as quickly as possible. LSUs support whole school approaches to behaviour, learning and teaching, and are a source of expertise in strategies for promoting positive behaviour.


Primary LSUs are in-school centres, typically shared by a partnership of several schools, providing short-term support for pupils whose behaviour, attendance, social and emotional development or attitudes to learning are causing concern. The aim is to equip pupils with the skills they need to succeed in mainstream classes.

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