We are a 12 place Social and Communication Difficulties Department our two main aims are:
to integrate these children into a mainstream school system.
Rachael Cooper is the Head of the SCD Dept and teaches the KS1 class. Jeanette Colby is the KS2 class teacher. There are a number of Learning Support Staff who work in the Dept supporting children in the Dept classroom and attending integration sessions with the children. We have a Speech and Language Therapist, Kathryn Locker, on-site for two and a half days per week. We all work as a team, adapting the National Curriculum to meet the needs of our children and providing them with life skills lesson to equip them for social situations they will encounter in everyday life.
Our ethos: The staff in the Dept. work very closely as a team and we strive to identify to the most effective teaching and learning strategies for each individual child.
We use a SPELL approach
Specific – activities are designed to meet the specific needs of each individual child
Positive – we work in a calm and positive manner at all times
Empathy – we try to place ourselves in the mind of the child and think about learning from the child’s perspective
Listening – we listen carefully to what the children tell us and show us, to inform our future actions
Learning – we identify social and academic objectives for the children to give them access to a broad and balanced curriculum
Curently, we have children with a wide range of difficulties in addition to Social and Communication needs:
Each term there is a Parent tour organised if you would like to come and find out more about the work we do in the SCD Dept please contact the school to find out the dates of upcoming tours.