|We cater for students who require:
- pace and style of delivery of the full range of the National Curriculum geared to the learning style and academic level of the individual; this is supported by small classes with lower staff-student ratios.
- in some cases, predominantly students with more severe autism, structured teaching programmes using TEACCH (Treatment and Education of Autistic Children with Communication Handicaps) with the use of visual timetables; individual work stations; also PECS (Pictorial Exchange Communication System) as an augmentative aid to communication.
All students follow the National Curriculum and are taught by specialist subject teachers who are experienced in ensuring that students can access, succeed and make progress in a range of subjects. In addition, the school’s new Humanities College status has enabled the development of its Creative Arts, Citizenship and English curriculum. Recent noticeable initiatives have lead to Year 8-11 students writing and publishing their own book of poems, In Our Own Write’. This project was supported by the school’s in-house poet-in-residence Dino Jacovides. Year 10 and 11 students are also putting the finishing touches to their own CD called ‘Self-Songs’, supported by our in-house composer, Chris Bangs.
The school is in its second term of running its Communication Awareness Project. This involves weekly workshops where Pendragon students together with small groups of students with SEN from neighbouring mainstream schools use Music, Drama, Art and physical activities to explore and develop a range of communication skills.
The school has an ever-increasing group of students who supported by our ICT and English subject leaders have been developing their journalists and news researchers skills. Their latest Summer 2007 edition is a credit to their commitment and enthusiasm.Please do contact the school for a copy.
The newly-built Media Centre is now also available to support our other initiatives like film-making and the developing use of video especially with our students with ASD to explore emotions and feelings. We have also been using the Media Centre’s recording facilities for the creation of an Arts Review programme where a range of students share, discuss and review their own creative work.
Teachers’ record-keeping and curriculum assessment frameworks show individual student’s achievements and progress using value-added subject assessments frameworks, Individual Education Plans and lesson-by-lesson Merit Comments. We encourage parents and carers to become involved with the progress of their children through the Home/School Agreement, Student Planner and attendance at Academic Review Days, Awards and Presentation Ceremonies. We also encourage parents/carers to support students’ completion of Independent Study tasks.
In addition to some of the initiatives and projects described above a range of teaching approaches are used with an emphasis on meeting the different learning styles of our students. To support a more these all departments also have Interactive Whiteboards and the use of two ICT Suites. We also have a dedicated ILS (Integrated Learning System) Suite that specifically supports students’ literacy and numeracy.