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Learning support services

Find out more about the wide range of learning support services available from Herefordshire Council. From English as an additional language, through to behavioural support and library services for both primary and secondary schools, we aim to support your school’s day-to-day requirements.

Learning Support


what we can do for you
  • Academy admissions

    We provide a complete service to process and rank applications for admission to reception, transfers to secondary school and in-year transfers. We also research and prepare academy appeals and present them to the independent appeals panel. 

  • Behaviour Support

    Twenty per cent of Herefordshire students are identified as having Specific Educational Needs (SEN). A growing proportion of this SEN population have behavioural, social and emotional difficulties. These Learning Support services will enable schools to manage these difficulties with greater understanding and confidence.

  • English as an Additional Language

    EAL services are purchased on a 'pay as you go' basis. No Service Level Agreement is required.

    We aim to ensure the greatest impact on the greatest number of learners. The progress and attainment of EAL learners is a significant focus for Ofsted inspections and the team offers an initial audit of EAL performance and provision to all schools free of charge.

  • Evolve & Offsite Guidance

    A comprehensive support, guidance and training service for all educational institutes that are involved in offsite educational visits. 

    Schools signing up for this service will gain access to an IT system that ensures efficient tracking, monitoring and recording of trips and compliance with statutory guidelines and health and safety legislation. They will also have access to expert support and training from an outdoor education advisors' panel accredited member. 

  • Herefordshire Computing Support

    Herefordshire Computing Support provides high quality leadership for the development of computing across primary schools and academies in Herefordshire and beyond its borders.

  • Library Support – Primary Schools


    The Herefordshire Schools Library Service is available as a traded service to all schools in Herefordshire and the border counties. By subscribing to the Schools Library Service schools can access a wide range of resources to support classroom teaching and learning across the curriculum, develop literacy and reading skills, and encourage reading for pleasure.

    The core subscription provides a range of high quality age-appropriate fiction to develop reading skills and support reading for pleasure, and bespoke topic collections to support curriculum learning. Optional add-on services at discounted rates mean you can tailor your subscription to your budget and the specific needs of your school.

    For 2021-22 by popular demand we have made several improvements to our core library offer to help schools adapt to new ways of learning and make budgets go further:

    • The price of our core subscription has been reduced.
    • A core fiction collection is now included as standard.
    • Our project sets are now 33% larger.
    • Optional add-on services are available at discounted rates so you can tailor your subscription to your budget and the specific needs of your school.
  • Library Support – High Schools

    Herefordshire Libraries Schools Library Service is a simple, cost-effective way to keep school library resources current and obtain the very best in contemporary fiction - meeting curriculum needs and encouraging reading for pleasure.

    All high schools in Herefordshire can subscribe to this service to receive library books and support.

  • Safeguarding and Pupil Wellbeing (including MASH education)

    This SLA pays for services that support schools to fulfil their statutory safeguarding duties.

    Herefordshire Head Teachers were keen for the original establishment of the MASH. A group of heads worked together to put forward the proposal that was then adopted in Herefordshire and funded via schools forum. The mechanism for funding this (i.e. not centrally from schools monies) had to change from April 2017 because the Secretary of State did not allow Herefordshire to continue with it under revised national funding formula arrangements.

  • Work Experience

    We provide a database of employers, health and safety checks and general help and guidance for schools, for young people from key stage 4 upwards. 

Hoople Ltd, Plough Lane, Hereford HR4 0LE

Hoople Ltd is a company registered in England and Wales No. 7556595, and is owned by Herefordshire Council and Wye Valley NHS Trust
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